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 http://www.nyc.gov/vitalrecords 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