Town of Avon New York

Town of Avon Opera Block Building

TOWN GOVERNMENT
TOWN CLERK
Vital Statistics

Birth Records - FAQs

Who is eligible to obtain a copy of a birth certificate?

  • The person named on the birth certificate
  • A parent of the person named on the birth certificate (requesting parent's name must be on the birth certificate)
  • Only by order of a New York State Court may a spouse, child or other persons obtain a copy of a birth certificate
Town Clerk
Choose another topic:


Meeting Minutes
Tax Information
Hunting/Fishing Licenses
Dog Licenses

Marriage Licenses
Notary Public
Vital Statistics
Handicap Parking Permits
FOIL Requests

Where can I get a copy of my birth certificate?

Copies of birth records are available from the Registrar of Vital Statistics for the town or city in which the child was born, or from the Vital Records Section of the New York State Department of Health. Please note that it does not matter where the parents lived at the time of the birth of the child. Births are registered in the city or town where the birth took place. In Avon, the Registrar of Vital Statistics is the Town Clerk.

How much does it cost to obtain a copy of my birth certificate?

The fee for obtaining a copy of the birth record from the Town Clerk is $10 and the Vital Records Section of the New York State Department of Health charges $30.

How do I request a copy of my birth certificate?

Eligible people may request a copy of a birth certificate from the Avon Town Clerk by mail as follows:

  • Download the Application to Local Registrar for Copy of Birth Record form.
  • Remit the completed form and the $10 fee to: Avon Town Clerk, 23 Genesee Street, Avon, NY 14414.
  • Along with the above information, please send a photocopy of a form of valid ID and a notarized letter requesting the birth certificate

Eligible people may request a copy of a marriage certificate from the Avon Town Clerk in person as follows:

  • Complete an application form available from the clerk
  • Remit the $10 fee (cash or check)
  • Present identification

Death Records - FAQs

Who is eligible to obtain a copy of a death certificate?

  • A person with a NYS Court Order issued showing a necessity
  • The CURRENT spouse, parent or child of the deceased or their lawful representative
  • A person requiring the record for a documented legal right or claim
  • A person with a documented medical need
  • A government agency for official purposes
    Please note that an attorney may only obtain a copy of a death certificate if they are representing someone authorized to get a copy.

Where can I get a copy of a death certificate?

Copies of death records are available from the Registrar of Vital Statistics for the town, village or city in which the death occurred, or from the Vital Records Section of the New York State Department of Health. Please note that it does not matter where the deceased lived at the time of death. Deaths are registered in the city, village or town where the death occurred. In Town of Avon, the Registrar of Vital Statistics is the Avon Town Clerk.

How much does it cost to obtain a copy of a death certificate?

The fee for obtaining a copy of the death certificate from the Town Clerk is $10 and the Vital Records Section of the New York State Department of Health charges $30.

How do I request a copy of a death certificate?

Eligible people may request a copy of a birth certificate from the Avon Town Clerk by mail as follows:

  • Download the Application for Copy of Death Certificate form
  • Remit the completed form and the $10 fee to: Avon Town Clerk, 23 Genesee Street, Avon, NY 14414.
  • Along with the above information, please send a photocopy of a form of valid ID and a notarized letter requesting the death certificate.

Eligible people may request a copy of a death certificate from the Avon Town Clerk in person as follows:

  • Complete an application form available from the clerk
  • Remit the $10 fee (cash or check)
  • Present identification

Genealogical Records - FAQs

What records are available?

Information from records of birth or death may be provided for genealogical research purposes subject to the provisions of Section 35.5 of the Health Commissioner's Rules and Regulations. Each uncertified copy must include the statement "For Genealogical Purposes Only".

Information may be released for genealogy research subject to the following requirements:

  • Birth records - must be on file for at least 75 years and the person to whom the records relates is known to the applicant to be deceased.
  • Death records - must be on file for at least 50 years. The Town of Avon death records begin with 1883.
  • Marriage records - must be on file for at least 50 years and both parties to the marriage are known to the applicant to be deceased.

The time periods specified for birth and death records may be waived if the applicant is a descendant or has been designated to act on behalf of a descendant of the person whose record is being requested. A descendant is a person in the direct line of descent such as a son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, etc. The local registrar must require proof that the requestor is a direct line ancestor when a waiver of the waiting period is required.

What is the cost?

The fee schedule is per each name of type of record requested. Fees vary depending on requested number of years to be searched. The fee for genealogy copies is $22.00 for a 1-3 year search; $42 for a 7-10 year search; $62 for an 11-20 year search; $82 for a 21-30 year search; etc.

How do I request a record?

Click here to download the form General Information and Application for Genealogical Services. Send the completed application, along with the appropriate fee in check or money order form, made payable to the Town of Avon and mail to: Sharon M. Knight, CMC/RMC, Avon Town Clerk, 23 Genesee St., Avon, NY 14414.

If no record is on file, a No Record Report will be issued.

I want to do genealogical research. Why can't I just look through the old records myself? After all, there is no confidential information in the old records.

These records are permanent records and must be protected from excessive handling in order to help preserve them. Moisture and acids present on everyone's skin will deteriorate the paper and ink.