Freedom of Information and Access to Department of Health Records

The New York State Department of Health is committed to prompt disclosure of public records to ensure accountability to the public and to promote public participation in public health activities and decision-making.

The Freedom of Information Law (Public Officers Law Article 6) is New York State's principal statute on providing for public access to the records of government. The Department's Records Access Officer is responsible for ensuring appropriate agency response to public requests for access to records.

"Record" means any information kept, held, filed, produced or reproduced by, with, or for the department, in any physical form whatsoever including, but not limited to, reports, statements, examinations, memoranda, opinions, folders, files, books, manuals, pamphlets, forms, papers, designs, drawings, maps, photos, letters, microfilms, computer tapes or disks, rules, regulations or codes.

Please Note –– Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Records are not available through FOIL. If you would like information regarding these types of records, please visit the following link.

The postings in this section provide general information on what department records are available, and which records (because of law) are not. We've also included information on how to submit a FOIL request and the cost of copying documents. If you have any questions or would like to submit a request, please contact:

Records Access Office
New York State Department of Health
Corning Tower, Room 2364
Albany, New York 12237-0044
FAX: (518) 486-9144