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Birth and Death Certificates

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The Division of Vital Records now has a toll free telephone number.  You can reach us at



First copies for new births are offered free of charge and fees may be waived for individuals who servitalchek.JPGved or are currently serving in the Armed Forces or their dependent.

The Division of Vital Records maintains birth and death events that occurred in Pennsylvania from 1906 to the present.

 This website provides information on obtaining certified copies of birth and death certificates, amending these certificates and other available services. You may need certified copies of birth or death certificates for: 



·         Passport
·         Employment
·         Inheritance
·         School Entrance
·         Personal Identification
·         Genealogy
·         Estate Purposes


There are three ways to obtain a certified copy of a birth or death certificate.  Be sure to complete all required information on the application form provided within each link:
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Order Online thru VitalChek, the authorized service provider for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Order in person at one of these 6 public office locations:


Previous Topics:
On December 15, 2011, Governor Tom Corbett approved Senate Bill 361.
This bill amends the Act of June 29, 1953 (P.L. 304, No. 66), known as the Vital Statistics Law of 1953, to provide for public access to certain birth and death certificates after a fixed amount of time has passed.  The legislation provides that such documents become public records 105 years after the date of birth or 50 years after the date of death.


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