New York Death Records Search

The Vital Records Section of New York’s Department of Health maintains all public records which have occurred throughout the state. Divorce records are only available since 1963. While uncertified records may be available for genealogy research, all other requests can only be made by filling out the appropriating requesting document forms and by providing ID which has been certified officially.

All adoption and birth records are confidential and are protected/sealed by the state court. While it is possible to obtain certain information, often this may be limited and can only be unsealed with a federal court order. The Adoption Information Registry is your best choice if you wish to find out about an adoption.

Death certificates are available:
By mail – You may send your request and necessary fees to:
New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Section
Certification Unit
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602

In Person – Any employee of the Vital Records Walk-in Services can assist you with your request. Remember to bring in the appropriate information and ID with you. 
Vital Records Walk-in Services
800 North Pearl Street
2nd Floor – Room 200
Menands, NY 12204

Electronically – You may find detailed information here on this service: http://www.health.state.ny.us/vital_records/vitalchek.htm
Vitalcheck services are available but you will be billed additional fees for research and shipping. Credit cards are the only forms of payment accepted at this time. You can call1-800-255-2414 or 1-800-669-8312 for encounter any difficulties with the process.

You can also e-mail: vr@health.state.ny.us

Questions – Call (406) 444-2685 to speak to them by phone or Fax: (406) 444-1803 -3016.