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Question I need a copy of a death certificate. How do I get one?

Answer If the death occurred after 1948 in one of the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Kings, Queens, the Bronx, or Staten Island), please contact the New York City Department of Health.

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New York City Department of Health - Vital Records

URL: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/vr/vrbappl.shtml

Answer For NYC death certificates prior to 1949, contact Municipal Archives.

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New York City Vital Records at the Municipal Archives

URL: http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/vitalrecords/home.shtml

Answer If the death occurred in New York State (outside the five boroughs of New York City), a copy can be obtained from the local Registrar in the city/town where the death occurred. For death certificates issued from 1881 to the present, a copy can also be obtained from the New York State Department of Health.

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New York State Department of Health - Vital Records

URL: http://www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/death.htm

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