More than 3,600 adoptees file for birth certificates in first 48 hours of new state law

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A new law that gives adoptees in New York State has had a successful first few days.

It’s been in active since January 15 and so far there’s more than 3,600 applications for birth records.

Adoptees can apply online or just make a phone call. The process could take about 4 to 6 weeks to complete.

To apply visit:

Who can apply for pre- adoption birth certificate?

An adoptee has to be 18 years or older, direct line descendants of adoptee like child, grandchild or great grandchild, a lawful representative of the adopted person, or a lawful representative of a deceased adopted person’s direct descendant

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