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March 4, 2020

Obtaining Original (Pre-Adoption) Birth Certificate for Adoptees

Did you know that Pre-Adoption Birth Certificates can be ordered online?

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation on November 14, 2019 allowing adoptees for the first time to receive a certified copy of their birth certificate when they turn 18-years-old. This measure (S3419/A5494) helps ensure that all adult New York adoptees will have the same unimpeded right to information about their birth and biological parents.

For Adoptees Born in New York City:

Adoptees born within the five boroughs of NYC should contact the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, or visit their webpage at for ordering information.


Who is eligible to get a copy of a pre-adoption birth certificate?

  • An adoptee who is 18 years of age or older
  • Direct Line Descendants - A Direct Line Descendant is a child, grandchild, or great grandchild, etc. of the adoptee
  • A lawful representative of the adopted person
  • A lawful representative of a deceased adopted person’s Direct Line Descendant

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