To remove or disinter a body from the City Cemetery, you must first contact a licensed funeral director. The director will help you obtain a Disinterment Permit from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Vital Records. Disinterment can only be requested for people buried after 1978, as location records for earlier burials are not available.
Once you have the permit, the following documents must be sent to the Department of Correction:
- A copy of the death certificate;
- The original Disinterment Permit; and
- A formal request for disinterment on letterhead from a licensed funeral home.
The documents must be mailed to:
Department of Correction
1307 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370