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Home > City Departments > City Clerk > Birth, Death & Marriage Records for the City of Buffalo ONLY

Birth, Death & Marriage Records for the City of Buffalo ONLY

Application for Birth Certificate, Death Certificate or Marriage 

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Birth records start at 1878 to present.
New birth questions: (716)  851-9641
Mail-In request questions:  (716) 851-5435
General inquiries:  (716) 851-5432
Death records start at 1852 to present.      
Phone: (716) 851-5440

Marriage records start at 1877 to present.  
Phone: (716) 851-5444

Birth, Death & Marriage records are available at the Buffalo City Clerk's Office located on the 13th floor of City Hall.  You must show proper identification as indicated under "Identification Requirements"

  • Office hours:  Monday through Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Fees: If no record is on file, a NO RECORD CERTIFICATION will be issued and the fee will NOT be refunded.

Requesting a record in Person: You must provide proper identification and meet eligibility requirements depending on the type of document you are seeking. The fee is $10 per certificate payable by money order, credit card (MasterCard® or Visa®)  or cash.

Requesting a record Via Internet: The City of Buffalo Vital Records does not accept credit cards for online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc.  VitalChek can be reached either through its website,, or by phone at 1-800-255-2414.  An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®. 

Requesting a record Via Mail
: Orders are processed within 7-10 days from receipt of mail request and the following information must be included:

  • Enclose a written request with the following information:  name on bith certificate, date of birth, father's name, and mother's maiden name
  • Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope
  • Money order payable to the City Clerk ($10 per request)
  • Copy of government issued photo ID
  • Include a contact phone number
  • Proof of address if your address on your ID is not current and send to:
    • Vital Records
      1302 City Hall
      65 Niagara Square
      Buffalo NY 14202

We do not send records to third parties or PO Boxes.

Birth certificates, death certificates and marriage certificates are NOT subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and are NOT open to public inspection.

Identification Requirements - application must be submitted with copies of EITHER A or B:

A.  One (1) of the following forms of valid photo ID:

Drivers license with photo
     - Non-driver photo ID card
     - Passport
     - Other government issued photo ID


B.  Five (5) of the following showing the applicant's name and address:

     - Utility bills (gas, electric, phone, cable)
     - Paycheck stubs
     - Social Services card
     - Social Security card
     - Health Insurance card
     - Mortgage/Rental lease statement

Important Notes:

Failure to include necessary identification will result in rejection of your application.

A copy of Passport is required if request is made from a foreign country that requires a U.S. Passport for travel.