New York Public Records
The New York State Department of Health, Vital Records section handles most of the state’s vital records, which are New York public records. Birth and death certificates from the whole state (except New York City) are available from 1881. Marriage records are available (also except for New York City) from 1880 and divorce records for the whole state from 1963. Birth records are limited to family and legal orders for 75 years and death and marriage records for 50. New York public records can be obtained in person, by mail, internet, or phone. Some New York court records are available on the eCourts online system.
Lookup Public Records In New York Counties
New York's Suffolk County Clerk's Office is responsible for maintaining birth certificates, death certificates and marriage certificates. Individuals may search for particular records using the County Clerk's online search tool; some of the records that can be obtained through this search tool include: judgments, land records, corporations and liens.
New York's Nassau County Clerk's Office does not issue or maintain public records, but it does provide information relating to birth and death records, marriage licenses and divorce records, adoption and guardianship, and wills and estates. Birth and death records are available through the municipality where the event took place; marriage licenses are held in the municipality where the even took place, while probate records are filed in the Surrogate's court.
New York's Westchester County Clerk does not issue or maintain any records, including birth, marriage and death records. Birth and death records can be obtained from the local clerk in the town where the event took place, and marriage records can be obtained from the local clerk in the town where the event took place.
New York County Record Resources
- New York State County Association
Association represents, educates, and advocates for member counties & the thousands of elected & appointed officials serving the public
- New York Counties
Listing of New York Counties with hyperlinks to official county websites
- New York Legislative News & Information
NYSAC Legislative Action Center