Open Public Record Act:

The New York Open Meetings Law gives the public the right of access to meetings of state and local government entities where public business is conducted. This means that the public must be properly notified of those meetings and anyone may attend the meetings. There are a few exceptions, however. A public body may hold a closed or executive session due to certain circumstances such as if it involves matters that would imperil public safety if disclosed or it will disclose information regarding a law enforcement agent or informant.

Birth Records:

The New York State Department of Health issues copies of birth certificates for births that occurred within the state but outside of New York City. For New York City birth certificates, you will need to get in touch with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

To obtain a copy of a birth certificate, you must be the registrant; a parent of the registrant who is named on the birth certificate; or a spouse, child, or other person who has a court order from the New York State Court.

To submit your request, you must provide a copy of a valid photo ID along with the $30 fee. You can order a copy online, by phone, or by mail. The processing time of requests will depend on the method you chose.

Marriage Records:

The New York State Department of Health issues copies of marriage certificates for marriages that occurred inside the state but not inside New York City. If you wish to obtain copies of marriage licenses obtained in New York City, you can visit the New York City Marriage Bureau website.

To obtain certified marriage certificate copies, you must be eligible. Only the spouses or persons who have a New York State Court Order / documented judicial or other proper purpose. You can order a copy online, by phone, or by mail. You will need to provide copies of a valid photo ID as well as the $30 fee.

Divorce Records:

Divorce certificates filed with the New York State Department of Health are for divorces granted on or after January 1, 1963. The information contained in a certificate include basic information about spouses, the date, and place where the marriage ended. Only the spouses and persons with a New York State Court Order will be allowed to obtain a copy of a divorce certificate.

You can order a copy online, by phone, and by mail. You will have to submit copies of a valid photo ID as well as the $30 fee per copy.

Death Records:

The New York State Department of Health issues copies of death certificates for deaths that occurred inside the state but not inside New York City. If you wish to obtain copies of death records that occurred within New York City, you can visit the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website.

To obtain certified death certificate copies, you must be eligible. These are the spouse, parent, child, or sibling of the deceased. Those who have a documented lawful right or claim, medical need, or New York State Court Order are also eligible.

You can order a copy online, by phone, or by mail. You will need to provide copies of a valid photo ID as well as the $30 fee. Make sure to submit the appropriate payment as well as copies of a valid photo ID.

Missing People:

The New York State Police lists all missing persons cases reported in the state on their website. The list is arranged alphabetically and shows the name of the missing person as well as the date he/she went missing. Clicking on the name will show you the photo of the person, his/her basic information, any additional information such as clothes worn when last seen, and contact information of the law enforcement agency handling the case.

Elected Officials:

You can get a list of all elected officials in New York by visiting the New York State Board of Elections website. Within the list, you’ll find each official’s name, party, and office location. For example, the current governor of New York is Andrew M. Cuomo and his office is located in Albany New York.

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