New York Probate and Estate Settlement

Requesting Death Certificates Department of Vital Records


new york probate and estate settlement

Event: Birth or death

Cost of copy: $30.00

Certification Unit
Vital Records Section/2nd floor
800 North Pearl Street
Menands, NY 12204

Remarks: State office has records since 1881. For records before 1914 in Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers, or before 1880 in any other city, write to Registrar of Vital Statistics in city where event occurred. For the rest of the State, except New York City, write to State office.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to New York State Department of Health. Payment of mail order copies submitted from foreign countries must be made by a check drawn on a United States bank or by and international money order. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (518) 474-3075. This will be a recorded message.

Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at

For all types of State and local issued copies, the applicant is required to provide government issued photo identification.