New York Death Records

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New York Death Records Lookup

In New York, the death records are maintained by the Vital Records Division of the New York State Department of Health. The aforementioned Vital Records Division maintains death records of 1881-present. As they are not public records, only the parents, spouse, or children of the deceased can obtain the New York Death Records. In addition to aforementioned relatives of a deceased, New York Death Records can be obtained by people with a court order, documented medical need or a documented legal right. However, the public can obtain non-certified death records dating back at least fifty years.

It is important to keep in mind that the Department of Health does not maintain records of deaths that occurred in New York before 1914. If you want pre-1914 New York Death Records then you’ll have to visit the office of the local registrar. There are three ways for you to obtain death records in New York: by mail, by telephone and online. Following is how you can obtain the New York Death Records through each way.

How Do I Obtain New York Death Records By Mail?

The first way of obtaining death records in New York is by mail. How can you make a request for and obtain New York Death Records through mail. To make a mail request for New York Death Records, complete and mail the Application for Copy of Death Certificate along with a copy of valid photo ID and 2 utility bills that have your name on them to:

New York State Department of Health Vital Records Certification Unit 800 North Pearl Street Menands, NY 12204

In addition to the aforementioned documents, mail a pay order or check for the fee to above-mentioned address. The fee for the record will vary depending on how you want your application to be handled. The fee for priority handling is $45 while the fee for non-priority handling is $30.

How Do I Obtain New York Death Records By Telephone?

Only a few places in the United States allow you to request for death certificates by telephone and New York is one of them. To make a telephone request for New York Death Records, call vitalcheck, an independent company contracted by the New York State Department of Health, at 1-877-854-4481, provide the required information, and pay the relevant fee through credit card. In addition to the application fee, Vitalcheck will charge you $8 processing fee.

How Do I Obtain New York Death Records Online?

Just like the telephone requests, the online requests for the New York Death Records have to be made to New York Vitalcheck. To make an online request for the aforementioned form, visit the website of Vitalcheck, and submit an online request for the record. Once you’ve submitted a request, VitalChek will send you a confirmation email asking you to verify your identity. After you submit the required documents, VitalCheck will take 1 to 2 days to process your application and provide you the death record you want

Another way to obtain death records in New York is online through public databases. To find out more about how you can obtain death records in New York, call Vital Records Division of the New York State Department of Health at 855-322-1022.

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  1. says:

    Nola, to obtain a copy of your grandfather’s NY death certificate you will need to reach out to the New York State Department of Health. They manage vital records for NY including birth certificates and death certificates. You can also call them directly to make your request. Their direct phone number is 855-322-1022.

  2. says:

    I wrote in yesterday, but errored on the death year. My grandfather Vincent Petrucelly born in Italy approximately 1903 died in New York (Brooklyn, I believe) in 1955. I am trying to get his death record/certificate for genealogical purposes.
    Thank you

  3. says:

    If you need to view a death certificate you’ll need to reach out to the NY State Department of Health and Vital Records Department. NY Death certificates are not publicly available but copies can be requested by immediate family. NY death records however, are public domain and you can view most of the pertinent information available for a person’s death. That said, if you are not immediate family then you’ll need a court order to view someone’s actual death certificate

  4. says:

    Are you able to disclose if a death certificate is even on file? Neither Family Search or Ancestry show a certificate number. Thank you.

  5. says:

    Jo, if you are immediate family you can obtain a copy of Gabor Olasz’s New York death certificate. You will need to reach out to the NY Department of Health directly to make your request.

  6. says:

    Looking to see if a death certificate is available for Gabor M Olasz, DOB: 10 Sep 1927, date of death: 18 Jul 2004 in the Bronx.
    He was born in Hungary, his mother was Katlin Nagy and father was Gabor Olasz.

  7. says:

    Bonnie, if you can provide us with the full name and age or DOB of the person in question we can assist you with a NY death record search

  8. says:

    Looking for my friend that I heard died. I tried to contact her about her brothers death.

  9. says:

    David, the cause of death is not always listed on NY death certificates and with older death certificates especially. If the death was not from natural causes it might be listed however an autopsy or coroner examination would most likely be necessary. That being said you can also contact the NY State Heath Department to inquire about that death certificate. They manage death certificates for the entire state of New York. You can visit their website or call them directly @ 315-789-3030

  10. says:

    I’ve recently seen some photos of a Great Aunt, Elizabeth Caroline Gordon Cox, nee Black, who died in Brooklyn 17th Nov 1895. I have found a certificate number 20036 on Family Search. I only want to know the cause of death at age 27 because the photos show her as a good looking young woman. Vitalchek doesn’t have this record. Where else could I look online? Thank you.

  11. says:

    Michael, our records do not show a cause of death unfortunately. You will need to resources the NY death certificate for this information and it’s not always listed unless there was an autopsy performed

  12. says:

    The only thing I want to know is cause of death. Thank you.

  13. says:

    Michael, we can show the basic death record information however some death record information is limited on older NY death records. there is something in particular you would like us to help you lookup from a New York death record?

  14. says:

    I am seeking information on the death of an aunt. Mary Lou Carroll was three years old when she died in 1935. She was a younger sister to my mother, Nancy Rose Carroll. I tried to fill out an application for a copy of Mary Lou’s death certificate but I am not a parent, sibling or child. I want the information only for family genealogy purposes. Before my mother died in August 2019 she did not know how her younger sister had died, as my mom was only six years old at the time.

  15. says:

    Thanks for reaching out about our New York death record blog. In order to obtain a copy of your mother’s death certificate you will need to contact the New York Department of Health. You can order certified copies of NY death certificate online, over the phone or by mail. Since you are the son of the person in question you should have no difficulty in obtaining the death certificate. You might need to show evidence, such as your birth certificate and a photo ID.

    How to Get a Copy of a NY Death Certificate

    Contact the NY Department of Health and request a copy of a NY death certificate online, by mail or over the phone. You must meet the eligibility requirements and pay a nominal fee for a certified copy

  16. says:

    Hello my is Abby C. Rodriguez and I am looking for the death certificate of my biological mom her name was Carmen Betzaida Rodriguez she was about 39 years old when she died of a stabbing in Manhattan New york in late 1978 or early 1979..I was adopted but have a birth certificate with her name on it and was told she was murdered a couple of days after my birth December 28, 1978..For medical reasons I really need to know if the story is true, would greatly appreciate any information.

  17. says:

    Thank you for reaching out about our New York death record search. We would be happy to assist you with looking up a NY death records however, we cannot find the New York death record with the information you provide. That being said, if you need a certified copy of a death record, you should reach out to the New York State Department of Health, as they are the NY state run agency that manages and archives death records for the entire state. They can expedite a certified copy of the requested NY death record for an extra fee. Below is additional information on how to procure a copy of a NY death record for your convenience.

    How to Get a Copy of a NY Death Certificate

    1. Contact the NY Department of Health
    2. Request a copy of a NY death record
    3. Complete the NY death record request form
    4. Provide a valid reason and proof of ID
    5. Pay the $30 fee and receive a copy via mail

  18. says:

    Hello i am look for an relative who died in new york not sure about the year its in the late 60 her name is Armande Alice georgine shury her husband was Doctor Vibart shury there is a pending matter thats need the urgencey of the copy of death her adoptive daughter needs a copy please advise .Thank you.

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    We will need her last name in order to locate a death record in New York. You can contact the New York Vital Records Office to find out this information.

    How to Get a Death Certificate in New York

    1. Visit the New York Department of Health & Vital Records Website
    2. Click on the Death Certificate Link
    3. You will need to provide a copy of your photo id or passport
    4. Fill out the death certificate request form
    5. Pay the $15 fee for a copy of the death certificate

  20. says:

    Hello IAM looking for my sister death certificate or where she was buried but I am not sure of her last name her name was Yvonne died in 1957 she was two years old the Catholic charities was going to bury her but my mom never received a death certificate or where they put her rest please help all my mom wish is to find resting place

Last Updated: 2017-05-01

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