Birth Records

If you were born in the City of Canandaigua or are the parent of a child born in the City of Canandaigua, you may obtain a certified copy of the birth certificate by following the procedure as follows:

Apply in person at the City Clerk's Office during office hours which are 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. The fee for a certified copy is $10. We accept cash, checks or credit/debit cards (with a 3% fee). You will need to complete the Application for Copy of Birth Record (PDF) as well as show proof of identification or send a written request which should include the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Parents' Names as listed on the birth certificate (including mother's maiden name)
  • Copy of identification (such as a driver's license)

If applying for the certificate by mail, please include a Money Order for $15 per copy requested, your identification and the check can be made payable to the City of Canandaigua.

Please mail your request to:

City Clerk's Office
City Hall - Attn: City Clerk
|2 North Main Street
Canandaigua, New York 14424

Any questions, please email Erin VanDamme, City Clerk or call 585-337-2169.

Adoption information

Adoption Registry

If you are adopted, or if you placed a child for adoption, or if you are the biological sibling of an adopted person, you may wish to learn more about your birth family. The New York State Health Department's Adoption Registry can help and even facilitate a reunion.

The New York State Department of Health Adoption Information Registry is the only official registry for people born or adopted in New York State. We are the only registry authorized to access sealed information. We advise you not to share your confidential information and documents with outside entities. 

View the Application for Copy of Birth Record (Fill-in Form) (XLS).

View the Application for Copy of Birth Record (PDF).