Amendment of the General Vital Statistics Provisions Regarding Birth Records (Section 207.05 of the NYC Health Code)

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule


On average, the Correction and Amendments unit within Vital Records receives 50,000 requests annually for changes to birth certificates. Each request requires a corrections application delineating the specific changes requested. Section 207.05 of the Health Code currently allows the Department to seal a birth certificate and file a new one with corrected information only in certain instances. Court orders are required for some parentage amendments and other amendments not specifically delineated in the health code and require extensive analysis of fact pattern.  Approximately 12,000 of these amendments must be done through court order each year.

Recent city council legislation resulted in a local law, pursuant to Intro 1308, that amends the administrative code of the city of New York to require redaction from birth certificates, upon request, of the names of physicians whose licenses have been surrendered or revoked.  In order to implement this law, the Department proposes an amendment to Article 207 of the Health Code to allow a mechanism for this type of redaction that does not require a court order.  This amendment would require the filing of a new certificate without the name of the attending physician and the sealing of the original certificate.  The new certificate would not contain an attendant field and would not indicate correction history. 

Public Hearing

Proposed resolution to amend Section 207.05 of the Article 207 (General Vital Statistics Provisions) of the New York City Health Code regarding birth records.

Public Hearing Date: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 10:00am

Phone #: (347) 396-6078/6116, E-mail:

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Gotham Center
42-09 28th Street, 8th Floor, Room 8-25
Queens, NY 11101