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New York Public Records

New York County is home to the five boroughs that make up Manhattan and is a treasure trove of records since New York County has so much history. Some historic records date back to the 1600s and are housed at the Municipal Archives.

New York County public records also include access to vital records, like New York county death records, birth and marriage records. Vital records do have some restrictions when ordered from the New York Department of Health, which holds birth records after 1910 and death records after 1949. New York County criminal records may be search through the County Clerk for New York County or through the Unified Court System, which turns around a statewide criminal background check based on name and date of birth. Other New York County court records may be searched through the County Clerk’s website.

  • New York County court records, civil and criminal, may be searched through a free public access site called SCROLL through the County Clerk. Court records may also be searched in person.
  • New York County criminal records may be requested online, in person or by mail through the Unified Court System, although these results will include convictions and pending felony and misdemeanor charges for New York State.
  • New York County vital records can be requested online, in person or by mail from the Municipal Archives with no access restrictions.
  • New York County birth and death records not housed at the Municipal Archives must be requested from the New York Department of Health, and access may be restricted.
  • New York County marriage records after 1930 must be requested from the Office of the City Clerk, and they are restricted if less than 50 years old.
  • About New York County Public Records

    In New York County, birth records less than 75 years old and death and marriage records less than 50 years old are restricted to the person of record, a family member or someone with a legal right to access. All of the vital records housed in the Municipal Archives are historic, meaning these may be copied by anyone. Otherwise, New York County, New York public records are widely available to the public.

    Accessing Free Public Records Online in New York County

    New York County court records may be conveniently accessed online through the County Clerk’s website or accessed in person. New York County free public records online are limited to court records, but this is an easy way to perform a local criminal records search.

    New York County Public Records Search

    If you want to access someone’s criminal history, the Unified Courts System accepts online criminal background orders, although these will return NY public records throughout the state and can be requested on any person, making a public records search in New York County, NY easy.



     
    County of New York Resources & Statistics
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    Population:
    8,690,115

     
    Under 18:
    273,423

     
    Over 65:
    204,078

     
    Employed:
    2,620,754

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    22.96

     
    Acres of Farms:
    4

     
    Births:
    20,266

     
    Deaths:
    10,886

     
    Infant Deaths:
    94

     
     
    Murder:
    539

     
    Forcible Rape:
    1,412

     
    Robbery:
    24,722

     
    Assault:
    27,950

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    54,623

     
    Burglary:
    23,210

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    120,918

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    18,381

     
    Total Property Crime:
    162,509

     
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