Our office previously released a Legal Briefing on January 10, 2024 discussing the law that Governor Hochul in New York signed on December 22, 2023 that expanded the pool of individuals who were legally authorized to obtain a copy of an individual’s New York State death certificate. Here is a link to the previous Legal Briefing:
As noted in the previous Legal Briefing, accompanying the new law was an approval memorandum from the Governor where she noted that as drafted the bill was too broad and would come with an additional cost of $3 million per year that was not accounted for – and it would also slow down current processing time. As a result of these issues, the Governor had reached an agreement with the Legislature to enact some forthcoming technical changes.
On January 26, 2024, Governor Hochul did sign a new bill into law containing those changes and they are significant. The new law now explicitly provides that a designated agent “charged with controlling disposition of a decedent’s remains” can request a death certificate. Also, while the new law retains the provision permitting “domestic partners” (as defined by law) to obtain death certificates, it removes the ability of the following individuals to obtain death certificates: Grandparents; Aunts; Uncles; Cousins; Nieces; and Nephews.
This change in the law takes effect on the same date as the original law (December 22, 2023).
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