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New York Public RecordsNew York is the third most populated state in the United States, with the largest city in the country, New York City. The history of the state dates back to the early 1600s, when the area was first settled by Dutch immigrants. New York played a key role during the Revolutionary War, serving as the site for more than one-third of the battles during the war. It became an official state of the Union in 1788, as the 11th state to join and one of the original 13 Colonies that began the formation of the U.S. With a rich and illustrious history, many in search of New York public records find that these documents offer vital information about the people that have lived and died in the state. 

Launching a New York public records search may take the researcher to various government offices, where records are categorized according to document type, date of event and event location. With many offices to choose from in your public record search in New York, it is important to get an overview of how records storage works in the state to streamline your search and make it as efficient as possible. Whether you are in search of records for academic, genealogical or personal reasons, basic information about New York archives and records collection will be vital to the success of your search.

When launching a public records search in New York, consider the following tips:

  • Many of the vital records for New York can be found at the state’s Department of Health.
  • Access to official copies of some documents may be restricted under state law.
  • New York makes access to public records available in person, by mail or phone, or over the Internet.
  • New York City also has documents on file for people who were born or died in the city.
  • Additional historic records may be located at the New York Municipal Archives.
  • Who can Search for New York Public Records

    The state of New York restricts access to official copies of some public records to protect those on the documents from identity theft and other issues. Copies of birth records in New York are limited to the person on the document and his or her parents. Other immediate family members, including spouse, children and others may only obtain access to the document by a court order issued by the state. By the same token, New York death certificates are limited to a spouse parent or child of the deceased, or someone who has direct claim to the document for legal or medical reasons.

    New York marriage and divorce certificates are limited in a similar fashion. Those who can obtain copies of these documents include the spouses on the certificate or those with a court order.  NY birth records are made public in the state 75 years after the date of birth, and death and marriage certificates become open to the public 50 years after the date of the event.

    New York Public Records Locations

    Those in search of vital records in New York will find the New York Department of Health to be the best place to launch their research. This state office holds all birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates for the state, dating back a century or more for most documents. Birth certificates for New Yorkers date back from 1910 to present; death certificates date from 1949, and marriage certificates date back to 1930. Dissolution of marriage certificates date back to 1963 at this state office.

    Those looking for New York gov public records that date back even earlier have additional options at their disposal. The New York City Office of Municipal Archives features certificates that date back prior to the dates listed above for birth, death and marriage certificates. The New York State Archives also cover documents that date back earlier – all the way to 1880 in some cases – for people who were born, married or died outside New York City limits.

    Public Records Online for New York State

    To provide sufficient speed and convenience to those in search of public records in New York, there is an online New York public records search option.  The state’s Department of Health partners with the VitalChek service to allow interested parties to search for documents and order copies right from the Internet. There is an additional fee to use the VitalChek service.



     
    State of New York Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    19,297,490

     
    Under 18:
    4,414,413

     
    Over 65:
    2,405,546

     
    Employed:
    10,095,952

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    47,213.79

     
    Acres of Farms:
    7,969,660

     
    Births:
    246,351

     
    Deaths:
    152,427

     
    Infant Deaths:
    1,359

     
     
    Murder:
    836

     
    Forcible Rape:
    2,801

     
    Robbery:
    31,778

     
    Assault:
    42,170

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    77,585

     
    Burglary:
    65,735

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    297,684

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    25,114

     
    Total Property Crime:
    388,533

     
    New York Public Records Locations
    DMV Certified Document Center
    MV-198C Accident Report Section
    PO Box 2086
    Albany, NY 12228-2086
    Phone:
    518-474-0710










    Attorney General's Office
    State Capitol
    Albany, NY 12224-0341
    Phone:
    518-474-7330

    Fax:
    518-473-9909










     
    Vital Records Section
    Certification Unit
    800 N Pearl St
    Menands, NY 12204
    Phone:
    518-474-3038

     
    518-474-3077

    Fax:
    877-854-4607










    Division of Corporations, Sec. of State
    One Commerce Plaza
    99 Washington Avenue, #600
    Albany, NY 12231
    Fax:
    518-473-1654










     
    Vital Records Section
    Certification Unit
    800 N Pearl St
    Menands, NY 12204
    Phone:
    518-474-3038

     
    518-474-3077

    Fax:
    518-474-9168










    Vital Records Section
    Certification Unit
    800 N Pearl St
    Menands, NY 12204
    Phone:
    518-474-3038

     
    518-474-3077

    Fax:
    518-474-9168










     
    Department of Motor Vehicles
    MV-15 Processing
    6 Empire State Plaza
    Albany, NY 12228
    Phone:
    518-473-5595

    Fax:
    518-474-0718










    NY State Education Dept
    GED Testing
    PO Box 7348
    Albany, NY 12224-0348
    Phone:
    518-474-5906

    Fax:
    518-474-3041










     
    Governor's Office
    Executive Chamber, State Capitol
    Albany, NY 12224
    Phone:
    518-474-8390

    Fax:
    518-474-1513










    DEC - Fish & Wildlife Division
    Records Access Officer
    625 Broadway, 14th Fl
    Albany, NY 12233-1016
    Phone:
    518-402-8000

    Fax:
    518-402-2209










     
    New York Department of Correctional Services
    Building 2 - Central Files
    1220 Washington Ave
    Albany, NY 12226-2050
    Phone:
    518-457-5000

    Fax:
    518-457-4966










    NY Senate Document Room
    State Capitol
    State Street Rm 317
    Albany, NY 12247
    Fax:
    518-426-6841










     
    Vital Records Section
    Certification Unit
    800 N Pearl St
    Menands, NY 12204
    Phone:
    518-474-3038

     
    518-474-3077

    Fax:
    518-474-9168










    Division of Criminal Justice Svcs
    Sexual Offender Registry
    4 Tower Place, Rm 604
    Albany, NY 12203
    Fax:
    518-485-5805










     
    State Archives & Records Administration
    Empire State Plaza
    Cultural Education Center #11D40
    Albany, NY 12230
    Phone:
    518-474-8955

    Fax:
    518-473-9985










    NY State Office of Court Administration
    Office History Record Search
    25 Beaver St, Rm 840
    New York, NY 10004
    Phone:
    212-428-2100

     
    212-428-2990

    Fax:
    212-428-2190










     
    Department of State
    UCC Unit - Records
    99 Washington Avenue, #600
    Albany, NY 12231
    Phone:
    518-474-4763

     
    518-474-5418

    Fax:
    518-474-4478










    Department of Motor Vehicles
    MV-15 processing
    6 Empire State Plaza, Room 430
    Albany, NY 12228
    Phone:
    518-474-0710

     
    518-474-8510










     
    NY Workers' Compensation Board
    Office of General Counsel
    20 Park Street # 401
    Albany, NY 12207
    Phone:
    877-632-4996