Vital Records

not public records — Birth and death records are not public records and their confidentiality is protected by New York State Public Health Law. Vital Records are not subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and are not subject to public inspection.

The Vital Records department is responsible for the filing of all births and deaths that occur in the City of Troy. Vital records are maintained according to the requirements of the New York State Health Department. The office also issues qualified applicants with certified copies of the certificates associated with these events. Uncertified copies of older certificates are available for genealogy research.


  • $10 per copy for birth records
  • $10 per copy for death records
  • $22 for each genealogy record

We accept cash, check, or money order as payment. We do not accept payment by credit or debit card. 

Please make checks payable to the City of Troy.

Request a Copy

To get information on how to request a certified copy of a birth or death certificate:

  • Visit our births page or deaths page for full instructions.
  • For an uncertified copy of an older birth or death certificate visit our genealogy page.
  • To hear recorded instructions on how to request a birth or death certificate dial 518-279-7312.