N.Y. Public Health Law Section 4132
Birth certificate

  • form and content


The certificate of birth shall contain such information, including the social security numbers of the parents, and be in such form as the commissioner may prescribe.


The personal particulars called for shall be obtained from a competent person acquainted with the facts.


(a) The certificate shall be signed by the attending physician or nurse-midwife, with date of signature and his or her address.


If there was no physician or nurse-midwife, in attendance, then the certificate of birth shall be signed by the father or mother of the child, householder, owner of the premises, director or other person in charge of the public or private institution where the birth occurred, or by any other competent person whose duty it is to notify the local registrar of such birth.


The registrar shall enter the exact date of filing of the certificate of birth in his office attested by his official signature and registered number of birth.


Each parent of the child may choose to be designated on the original certificate of birth or by amendment as “father” or “mother” or “parent”.

Source: Section 4132 — Birth certificate; form and content, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/PBH/4132 (updated Dec. 24, 2021; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Dec. 24, 2021

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