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How to request a death Certificate in New York State



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In order to start a probate process in the State of New York, you need to request an original death certificate.


To request a death certificate in the State of New York, you can follow these steps:

  1. Determine eligibility: Death certificates are typically available to immediate family members, legal representatives, and those with a documented lawful right or claim. You may need to provide proof of relationship or legal authority.

  2. Obtain the required information: Gather the necessary details about the deceased person, including their full name, date of death, place of death, and the names of their parents.

  3. Complete the application: Obtain an application form for a death certificate. You can download the application form from the website of the New York State Department of Health or obtain it in person from the local registrar's office.

  4. Provide identification: Attach a photocopy of your identification document, such as a driver's license, passport, or other government-issued ID. This is required to prove your eligibility as the requester.

  5. Submit the application: Mail the completed application form, along with the required identification and any applicable fees, to the Vital Records Section of the New York State Department of Health. The address is available on the application form.

  6. Pay the fees: Include the appropriate payment for the death certificate. As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, the fee for obtaining a death certificate in New York was $15 for the first copy and $10 for each additional copy requested at the same time. However, fees may have changed, so make sure to check the latest fee schedule on the New York State Department of Health website or call the Vital Records Section for updated information.

  7. Wait for processing: After submitting the application, it may take several weeks for the death certificate to be processed and mailed to you. If there are any issues with the application, the Vital Records Section may contact you for additional information.

If you need the death certificate urgently, you can inquire about expedited processing options or visit the local registrar's office in the city or town where the death occurred to request it in person.


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