New York is perhaps one of the easiest states for a person who was born in New York to obtain a replacement birth certificate if the need arises. The department Vital Records in New York encourages people to go online to obtain a replacement birth certificate. You can even use your smart phone to summit the request. You can also opt to get your replacement in person or via mail.
The Online Option
New York State has an ongoing relationship with VitalChek, the leading internet vital records provider. For this reason, New York provides a safe and effective way of obtaining a replacement for your records. You can access your New York birth certificate online at www.nyc.gov. Simply click the online option and you will be led to the VitalChek site. This helps you to avoid the long lines you will confront by seeking to get your birth certificate in person and the waiting period for getting it by mail.
The cost involved in ordering online is $15 plus a mailing and handling fee. This method allows you to pay via credit card, debit card or electronic check. Of course you must have supporting documentation of proof of identity to process your order. You need to be the person whose name is listed on the birth certificate or the parent or guardian of the person listed on the birth certificate. You must have a valid, unexpired state or government identification card. If you are trying to obtain a replacement for someone else, you have to have a notarized letter from that person tendering permission for you to obtain a copy of his or her birth certificate.
Going To the Office
If you have some time on your hands, you can visit a New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene office. Even their best estimate on the time you spend in line or in the office in general is at least two hours. The office is only opened between 9 am and 3:30 pm. You must bring a completed application and a valid photo identification card. If you are applying for another person, you must bring a notarized letter with their signature permitting you to pick up their documents. There is a $15 fee for picking up your replacement birth certificate in person.
The final option for you to get a copy of a replacement birth certificate is to order it by mail. You can order via express mail or regular mail. You must complete a form that you have obtained either online or in person and submit a copy a valid photo ID that proves you are the person named on the birth certificate. If you are the parent of the person named on the birth certificate, you must submit a valid form of ID for the person listed on the birth certificate (a social security card) and a copy of your own valid photo ID. If you are the representative of a person requesting a replacement birth certificate, you will also need a notarized letter with that person’s signature included authorizing you to get a copy of their birth certificate.
You can request express shipping for additional postage. Generally, the turn around time for ordering your replacement birth certificate through the mail is 30 days.
While getting a replacement birth certificate in the state of New York is fairly easy and safe, turn around time is completely dependent on you and how soon you need a copy of your birth certificate. If you need it immediately, order it online. If you have some time, you can visit a local Department of Health and Mental Hygiene or order your birth certificate by mail. Any way that you choose to obtain a copy of a replacement birth certificate make sure you have everything that you need when you begin. Visit www.nyc.gov to make sure you have everything you need.