The state of New York is the 27th most extensive the 3rd most populous of the 50 United States. In this region, one can request for a certified or non-certified copies of death notices.If you like to apply for a certified copy of such document, the right office to approach is the Vital Records Section of the New York State Department of Health. The said agency keeps track of all New York death notices except for those deaths that occurred in New York City. Accounts of death which happened in New York City can be retrieved through the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
There are three ways in which you can obtain a copy of a certain death document. You can choose to order via mail, internet or phone. One must keep in mind that only the spouse, the mother or father, and the adult child of the deceased are allowed to demand such file.
The first step that you should do to obtain such file is to download a New York Death Certificate request form from the Internet. Make sure to write down all the pertinent date as to the name of the deceased, the date and place of demise, and the parents’ name. You will pay the standard cost of $30.00 through check or money order. Afterwards, forward your payment, your request and a photocopy of your state-issued photo ID to the Certification Department, Vital Records Unit of the New York State Department of Health. The processing period takes about 6 to 8 weeks but you can also opt to take advantage of the expedite service for $45.00. You will only have to wait for about 2 to 3 weeks for your document to be released.
For non-certified death certificate, a certain request form which you can find online is required. The processing fee is at $22.00. In the event that you are not sure as to the precise date of death, you can ask for assistance from the agency so they will continue the search up to 3 years. Unfortunately, since this type of petition is not given utmost priority, you will have to wait for 5 months to get hold of the data you need.
As early as 1949, the state conserves death files which happened in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. For records of death which took place in these locations before 1949, you must approach the Archives Unit of the Department of Records and Information Services.
With the emergence of the Internet, the retrieval of death notices nowadays is becoming an easy task. You just have to complete the details required in the request form and submit it to the right office. You can even apply for such document in the convenience of your own home. There are some online communities that will charge you a minimal fee to give you a more accurate data compared to those sites you can access for free.