Department of Health

Administration of Vital Records

Outside of New York City, records of vital events such as births, deaths and marriages are maintained by local registrars who are overseen by the Department of Health. In addition, certain data relating to these records is maintained by the Department. We examined the Department's administration of vital records and found that improvements are needed in record security and the timeliness with which requests for records are processed and vital events are registered. For example, the Department has not developed adequate guidelines concerning the identification needed to obtain copies of vital records. We also found that the Department does not charge a higher fee when express delivery is requested for copies of vital records; if an additional $10 to $20 were charged for such deliveries, the Department could generate between $150,000 and $300,000 a year in additional revenue.

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