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SECTION 4173
Records; transcripts and certifications by registrars; fees
Public Health (PBH) CHAPTER 45, ARTICLE 41, TITLE 7
§ 4173. Records; transcripts and certifications by registrars; fees.
1. Upon request, a certification of birth or of death or a certified
copy or certified transcript of a birth or death record shall be issued
by the registrar under regulations prescribed by the commissioner.

2. A certified copy or certified transcript of a birth record shall be
issued only upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction or upon a
specific request therefor by the person, if eighteen years of age or
more, or by a parent or other lawful representative of the person to
whom the record of birth relates including an authorized representative
of the office of children and family services or a local social services
district if the person is in the care and custody or custody and
guardianship of such entity.

3. (a) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (b) of this
subdivision, the registrar shall be entitled to a fee of ten dollars for
each certification of birth or death or for each certified copy or
certified transcript of any record of a birth or of a death or for a
certification that a search discloses no record of a birth or of a
death, furnished by him to an applicant, except that no fee shall be
charged for a search, certification of birth or death or certified copy
or certified transcript of a birth or a death record to be used for
school entrance, employment certificate or for purposes of public relief
or government compensation or when required by the veterans
administration to be used in determining the eligibility of any person
to participate in the benefits made available by the veterans
administration, provided, however, that if such registrar is a city
clerk, town clerk or village clerk, he shall collect such fees for and
on behalf of the city, town or village in which he serves, provided,
however, that an amount equivalent to the sum of such fees shall be paid
at least monthly by such city, town or village to such city clerk, town
clerk or village clerk entitled to receive fees as a registrar of vital
statistics.

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subdivision, in the
following county jurisdictions the fee shall be set by the county health
commissioner: Chemung, Monroe, Onondaga, Tompkins; and in the following
local jurisdictions the fee shall be set by the local legislative body:
city of Oswego, city of Albany, city of Jamestown. In such
jurisdictions, the fee may be set up to the amount charged by the
commissioner as prescribed in subdivision two of section forty-one
hundred seventy-four of this title.

4. All fees for searches, certification, certified copies and
certified transcripts collected by a registrar of vital statistics in a
state hospital, charitable or penal institution shall be transmitted by
him to the executive department, having jurisdiction, management and
control of such hospital or institution, to be paid into the state
treasury as provided by section one hundred twenty-one of the state
finance law.