Who is eligible to get a copy of a birth certificate?

 Can a grandparent get a copy of their grandchild's birth certificate?


  • Birth certificates are not public information and can only be issued to the individuals named in 10 NYCRRR 35.2 and Public Health Law 4173.
    • The person named on the birth certificate.
    • A parent of the person named on the birth certificate. The requesting parent's name must be on the birth certificate.
    • A spouse, child or others, but only by order of a New York State court.
      • The order would be obtained by filing an Article 78. 
      • There are no court supplied forms for this topic and the form books in Lexis and Westlaw do not have samples. Adapting a form for requesting a sealed adoption record may be an option.


  • Last Updated Jun 02, 2022
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