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Legal Information: New York

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
February 1, 2018

Do I need anything special to get my order of protection enforced in another state?

In some states, you will need a certified copy of your order of protection. A certified copy says that it is a "true and correct" copy; it is signed and initialed by the clerk of court that gave you the order, and usually has some kind of court stamp on it. In New York, a certified order has a stamp and a raised seal on it.

You will likely be given a certified copy when you get your order. To get an additional one, or if you don't have one, you can go to the petitions division of your courthouse. There is no fee to get a certified copy of a New York order of protection.

Note:
It is a good idea to keep a copy of the order with you at all times. You will also want to bring several copies of the order with you when you move. Leave copies of the order at your work place, at your home, at the children's school or daycare, in your car, with a sympathetic neighbor, and so on. Give a copy to the security guard or person at the front desk where you live and/or work. Give a copy of the order to anyone who is named in and protected by the order.