Death In New York City
If the person died within the City of New York (Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, or Staten Island) the death certificate would need to be ordered directly from the New York City Department of Health. This could be done by mail by filling out this form, online at the Department of Health, or in person by visiting 125 Worth Street, New York, New York.
At present the City of New York charges $15 per certified copy. They will also require proper identification.
Death Outside of New York City
If the person died anywhere else in the State of New York the death certificate would need to be ordered directly from the municipality that the death occurred. This could be done by mail by filing out this form or by visiting the registrars office in the municipality. If you opt for this option the municipality will charge $10 per certified copy.
If you aren’t sure of which municipality the death occurred you could visit the New York State Department of Health to order the certified copies. If you opt for this option the State of New York will charge $30 per certified copy.