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Obtaining a Certified Copy of  Birth Certificate or Birth Transcript



Where do I obtain a copy for someone born in Tompkins County?

 CHECKLIST

FEE for Birth certificates:
 § Certified original per individual, per order: $30
 § Duplicates, same individual, same order: $15 each.
(do not send cash.)


For births which occured within Tompkins County, click here for the form used to submit your request by Postal mail.

For births which occurred outside Tompkins County, click here to link to the NYSDOH.


Provide one (1) of the following forms of Identification:
•Driver’s license
•Non-driver’s license
•Passport
•Naturalization Papers
•Military ID
•Employer’s Photo ID
•Two utility bills showing applicant’s name and address
•Police report of lost or stolen ID


By mail order:

  • Click here to download a request form
  • Complete the form, print, and sign it
  • Send with the following:
    1) indentification (provide one (1) of the acceptable IDs listed with the form)
    2) applicable fee(s)
  • Send to:
    Tompkins County Health Department
    Attn: Vital Records
    55 Brown Road
    Ithaca, NY 14850

Walk-in:

  • Click here to download a request form
  • Complete the form on your computer or device, print, and sign it. Or print the form, complete it in ink, and sign it.
  • Bring it with the following:
    1) indentification (provide one (1) of the acceptable IDs listed with the form)
    2) applicable fee(s)
  • Come to:
    Tompkins County Health Department
    55 Brown Road
    Ithaca, NY 14850
    Click here for a map to the Health Department offices
    .

Who is eligible to obtain a birth certificate copy?

  • The person named on the birth certificate
  • A parent of the person named on the birth certificate (requesting parent's name must be on birth certificate)
  • Other persons by order of a New York State Court

What is the fee for a birth certificate copy?

  • The fee for each certificate is $30 for the original copy, $15 for each additional copy made during that transaction. If you come back a different time or place a separate mail order for that same individual, you will be charged the original copy fee of $30. To save you money, please order all the copies you need at the time you place your original order.
  • Payment of mail order copies may be made by check or money order payable to the “Tompkins County Health Department.” — Do not send cash

Note:

  • For genealogy or family history copies, please visit our Genealogy web page.
  • The Tompkins County Health Department Vital Records Office retains only birth certificates for individuals born in Tompkins County. All others should check with their local Health Department or City, Town or Village the birth took place. You may also make a request through the New York State Health Department.