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Frequently asked questions from County of Saratoga

Who is eligible to obtain a birth certificate copy?

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  • The person named on the birth certificate
  • A parent of the person named on the birth certificate whose name appears on the birth certificate
  • A spouse, child or other person who has an order from a New York State Court to obtain a copy of a birth certificate 

Are there any vehicles for renewals can't be done online?

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You can’t renew registrations online for:

  • vehicles that weigh 55,000 lbs. or more
  • for-hire vehicles (this includes taxis, livery vehicles, and buses)
  • semi-trailers with 6-year registrations
  • vehicles with an apportioned registration issued under the International Registration Plan (IRP)
  • vehicles with an ambulance, NYP (New York press), government or official registration
  • rental vehicles
  • vehicles that are exempt from the payment of registration fees
  • vehicles that require the registrant to provide proof of insurance, a tax certificate, or another document for each renewal

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here:

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here:

Where can I find the information about the local health departments in NY State?

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You can the list & info of all NY State County Health office here:

Where can I find the official number of cases registered in NYS?

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The New York State Department of Health is updating this on an ongoing basis here.

Who can register to vote?

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To register to vote, you need to:

  • be a United States citizen;
  • be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file this form (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote);
  • resident of this state and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election;
  • not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction and;
  • not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court;
  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

What is the maximum amount of benefits I can receive in New York State?

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Although your claim lasts one year (your benefit year), during that time you can only receive 26 times your full weekly rate. The same amount of money applies for weeks of partial unemployment. 

How can I estimate my weekly Unemployment Insurance benefit amount in New York State?

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You can use the benefit rate calculator provided by the NY State Department of Labor.

Please note that the tool gives an estimate only. It does not guarantee that you will be eligible for benefits or a specific amount of benefits. You must file an Unemployment Insurance claim to find our if you are eligible and learn your actual benefit amount.

When should I file a claim of unemployment benefits in New York State?

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You should file your claim during your first week of total or partial unemployment. If you wait, you may lose benefits. You may not file for a week when you work four or more days or earn more than $504 gross pay between Monday and Sunday.  You must wait until the next Monday to file, if you are still unemployed.

Please note that NYS is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines.

What information do I need to file my unemployment benefits claim in NYS?

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You will need the following information to file your unemployment benefits in the State of New York:

  • Your Social Security number 
  • Your driver license or Motor Vehicle ID card number (if you have either one) 
  • Your complete mailing address and zip code 
  • A phone number where we can reach you from 8 am - 5 pm, Monday –Friday 
  • Your Alien Registration card number (if you are not a U.S. Citizen and have a card) 
  • Names and addresses of all your employers for the last 18 months, including those in other states 
  • Employer Registration number or Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) of your most recent employer (FEIN is on your W-2 forms) 
  • Your copies of forms SF8 and SF50, if you were a federal employee 
  • Your most recent separation form (DD 214), for military service 

You can file a claim without all of these documents. However, missing information can delay your first payment.