The Latest Info
NYARC is closely monitoring how the new law is being implented. We have representatives participating in conversations with officials handling the application process. Here’s what we know as things get underway.
New York State
The New York State Department of Health has launched its online application process. More information about the application process through the state department of health is here, and adoptees report that the online application process is going smoothly. While paper forms are available for mailing, the department strongly encourages using VitalChek. The state health department handles birth certificate requests for all people born in New York, except for those born in New York City.
New York City
New York City is its own vital records district and handles birth certificate requests for people born in any of the five boroughs. This includes original birth certificates of people who were born in one of the boroughs and later adopted. The department now has a form and instructions on its website, as well as answers to common questions about the process. The cost to apply is $15 and can only be completed by mail. Online and in-person applications should be available later in the year.
Countdown to Equality
On January 15, 2020, New York restores equal rights for all of its adult adoptees.