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Vital Records

Certified Copy of Birth Certificate $10 Birth
Certified Copy of Death Certificate $10 Death
Certified Copy of Marriage Certificate $10 Marriage
Marriage License $40
Genealogical Services Application $22 Genealogy

Please make checks/money orders payable to the City of Olean.

Each of these applications requires an appropriate form of ID.  Please refer to the list below for acceptable forms of ID.

  • Driver's license
  • Non-driver's license
  • Passport
  • Naturalization Papers
  • Military ID
  • Employer's Photo ID
  • Two utility bills, showing applicant's name and address
  • Police report of lost or stolen ID

Vital records in New York State refer to birth, death and marriage.  Birth and death certificates are filed in whatever city, town, or village the event occurred.  Certified copies of birth and death records may be obtained in the local office or by sending by mail. the fee is $10.00 per copy.  A valid driver's license must also be presented at time of request or a photocopy of license is necessary if request is made by mail.  To obtain an individual's birth certificate from the Olean office, that individual must have been born in Olean.  The same applies for death certificates, the individual must have passed away in Olean.

Marriage records are filed in whatever city, town, or village the license was purchased.  Certified copies of marriage records are $10.00 each and may be purchased in the local office or by sending by mail.  To obtain a marriage license from the Olean office, the license must have been purchased in Olean.

Marriage licenses are now available for same sex couples in New York State.  For any couples, the requirements are the same.  We need birth certificates with parents' names on them, acceptable current photo ID such as a driver's license and papers from any previous marriages such as divorce, annulments or death certificates.

A license to be married may be purchased anywhere in New York State and used anywhere in the state.  The license must be obtained at least one full day before the ceremony as there is a one day waiting period after the couple buys the license.  The license, however, is good to use for sixty (60) days; therefore it may be purchased ahead of time, and the fee is $40.00.

City of Olean office hours are 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  For marriage licenses, please arrive by 4:30pm.  You may reach us at (716) 376-5605.

The above applications can be mailed to:

City of Olean
Vital Records
P.O. Box 668
Olean, NY 14760