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Act 110 – Public Records

(formerly known as Senate Bill 361)

 

The indices for birth and death public records are available on the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) website,  which now includes the most recent public record years of 1910 birth indices and 1965 death indices.   
 
If you are in need of a certified copy of a birth and death record from the public record years, please complete the birth application and send $20 along with a copy of your photo ID for each certified copy, or for a death certificate, please complete the death application and send $9 along with a copy of your photo ID to our New Castle office at:

Division of Vital Records
101 South Mercer Street
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA  16101-1528
 
If you have questions regarding the public birth and death records please contact the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission at 350 North St., Harrisburg, PA 17120, or E-mail: ra-statearchives@pa.gov.  
 
On Dec.15, 2011, Senate Bill 361 was enacted. 
 
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. This legislation provides that such documents become public records 105 years after the date of birth or 50 years after the date of death. 
 
To apply for a non-certified copy you must first search the Pennsylvania birth indices or death indices to obtain a Pennsylvania State File number. Several years of indices (1920-1924 deaths and 1930-1951 deaths) are listed according to the Russell Soundex method of indexing.
 
Effective July 1, 2013, The Division of Vital Records will no longer accept applications for non-certified copies of birth and death records.   Non certified copies of birth and death certificates will be processed by the Pennsylvania State Archives as defined by the procedure on their website. Non-certified copies of birth certificates are available for the years 1906 - 1910 and of death certificates for the years 1906-1965.
                                                       
The Division of Vital Records will continue to issue certified copies of birth and death records from 1906 to the present.  
 
To apply for a certified copy of a birth or death certificate from The Division of Vital Records, you may download the Application for Certified Copy of Birth Record or Application for Certified Copy of Death Record.                                                          
 
Mail the completed application and payment to:                            

Division of Vital Records
ATTN:  Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA  16103
                       
There is a $20 fee for each certified copy of birth and a nine dollar fee for each certified copy of death ordered.   Check or money order should be made payable to Vital Records.