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More than 3,600 Adoptees Apply for Birth Certificate in First Week of New Law

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State officials say more than 3,600 adoptees aged 18 and older (outside of NYC) have already filed applications to receive a certified copy of their birth certificate in the first few days of being able to do so.

A new law signed by Governor Cuomo went into effect on January 15, making these documents available through the state health department.

The DOH now accepts requests from adoptees 18 years old and older born in New York State, outside of New York City, who want to receive their birth certificate.

Direct line descendants, such as a child, grandchild or great-grandchild of the adoptee, may also request a copy of a diseased adoptee’s birth certificate, as can a lawful representative of an adoptee.

“Adoptees have every right to the same birth records as everyone else, and the new law we enacted is making that a reality for the first time,” Governor Cuomo said. “The significant interest we’ve seen in just the first 48 hours of the new law being in effect underscores how valuable this policy change is for New Yorkers, and I’m proud we were able to help correct this inequity.”  

Submitting an application online is the fastest and most efficient way to get a birth certificate, althought paper applications will also be accepted by mail and in person.

Adoptees born in New York City must apply through the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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