In New York State, a birth certificate is issued by the New York State Department of Health or the NYC Health Department for people who are born in one of the 5 boroughs (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island). There are strict requirements as to who is entitled to obtain a copy of a birth certificate. For expedite processing, NYC Health Department uses VitalChek, a secure third-party vendor, to process internet orders.

Common questions about an apostille on a New York City birth certificate:

What is the difference between a certified and an exemplified copy of a New York City birth certificate?

A certified copy is issued by NYC Health Department upon request of one of the parent or of the person to whom the certificate belongs. A certified copy has the same effect as the original record that is sent upon the birth of the child. A simple photocopy of a birth certificate is not acceptable for apostille. Generally, the NYC Health Department sends a "letter of exemplification" along with the certified copy. If not received, the letter of exemplification may be requested separately within a limited period of time from the date the certified copy was issued.

What is the difference between a short form long form New York City birth certificate?

A long form or extended form is an exact reproduction of the original birth record. It contains detailed information about the birth and the parents (such as the parents' date of birth and place of birth); a short form is an abstract of the record with limited information. It is always advisable to request a long form, however the processing time for a long form, even if expedited, is still 5 business days.

Where do I obtain a NYC birth certificate the same day?

It is possible to obtain a long form birth certificate the same day by vising the New York City Department of Health at 125 Worth Street, Room 144, New York, NY 10013 Directions: Brooklyn Bridge Station on the 4, 5, & 6 lines; Park Place Station on the 2 & 3 lines; City Hall Station on the N & R lines; Chambers Street Station on the A & C lines


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