New rules for requesting New York City birth and death certificates

Beginning January 1, 2019, there will be new embargo dates in effect for requesting birth and death certificates from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene located in Manhattan. The embargo dates are 125 years after birth and 75 years after death.

A new rule will also go into effect on January 1, 2019 that expands those who can access a death record to: great-great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, grandnephews, and grandnieces. The existing regulation already permits: the spouse, domestic partner, parent, child, sibling, grandparent or grandchild.

The rule also expands those family members who can access birth records of a deceased individual to: spouses, domestic partners, parents of children over the age of 18, children, siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, grandchildren, great grandchildren, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

This new rule does not effect New York City marriage records because they are under the jurisdiction of the City Clerk’s Office.

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