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Fetal Death Certificates

The Division of Vital Records maintains fetal death records that occurred in Pennsylvania from 1950 to the present. Certified copies of fetal death records (with a raised state seal printed on security paper) are acceptable for various legal uses. 

If the year of fetal death is unknown click Multi-Year Searches and follow the instructions for multi-year death searches.

Who Can Order a Fetal Death Certificate

  • brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister
  • grandparent or great-grandparent (Specify maternal or paternal)
  • parent or step-parent (Must submit marriage record supporting the relationship)
  • extended family members who indicate a direct relationship to the decedent (Documentation may be required.)
  • power of attorney

Power of Attorney (POA) Information

A Power of Attorney (POA) document should only be submitted when an individual or eligible family member is unable to apply for a birth certificate, a death certificate or a fetal death certificate. If, as POA, you cannot comply with the following instructions, the individual or eligible requestor must apply for the certificate.

  • An explanation must be included with the application as to why the individual or eligible family member is unable to apply.
  • Applicants submitting a POA document should review the applicable code for the state or country where the POA document was executed to ensure validity prior to submission with the application for a birth certificate, a death certificate or a fetal death certificate.
  • If you have been granted POA for the person named on a birth certificate, you must submit a notarized POA document that contains the original signatures of the parties involved, including the original notary's signature and seal. Your original document will be returned to you.
  • If you have been granted POA for an individual who is eligible to request a death certificate or a fetal death certificate, you must submit a notarized POA document that contains the original signatures of the parties involved, including the original notary's signature and seal. Your original document will be returned to you.
  • If you do not wish to send the original POA document, you may file the original notarized POA with the Clerk of Orphan's Court division of the Court of Common Pleas (usually in the county where the person granting the power of attorney resides) to obtain a certified copy of the POA document issued by the court. The certified copy of the POA document that includes the seal of the court may be submitted to our office in lieu of the original document. The document will be returned to you.
  • Note that a Power of Attorney (POA) document is no longer valid upon the death of an individual.

Fetal Death Certificate Fees

Certified copies are $20 each. This fee may be waived for the dependent of an individual who served or who is currently serving in the armed forces.

Fetal Death Ordering Information

Certified copies of fetal death certificates are only issued from our main office located in New Castle; however, you can request a copy in person at a public office. See below for ordering information.

  • BY MAIL – Click Death Certificate Application to print an application to request a copy of a fetal death certificate. Completed and signed applications with ID and payment should be mailed to the Division of Vital Records, P.O. Box 1528, New Castle, PA 16103. Be sure to include a valid email address to receive an email acknowledgement that your application was received.
    • ID - include a legible photocopy of your valid government-issued photo ID that verifies your name and current mailing address. Examples include a state-issued driver's license or non-driver photo ID. Expired IDs cannot be accepted. If the address has been changed, include copy of the update card. If possible, enlarge photo ID on copier by at least 150 percent. If you do not have acceptable photo identification, an eligible requestor possessing a valid government-issued photo ID may apply; otherwise you may submit a completed Statement from Requestors Not Possessing Acceptable Government-Issued Photo ID with two acceptable documents verifying your current address.
    • PAYMENT – Include a check or money order made out to VITAL RECORDS for the exact amount of your order. Fee may be waived for armed forces status. Note that cash is not accepted. If cash is submitted with your application, it will be returned, causing additional delays.
    • PROCESSING - Click Current Processing Times for the most up-to-date processing information.
  • IN PERSON at a public office. Although you can make the request in person, the certified copy will be issued and mailed from our main office located in New Castle. Click on Public Offices for locations and other information.

Fetal Death Corrections

Occasionally, errors (such as spelling or typographical errors) are made when reporting fetal death certificate information to the Division of Vital Records. It is usually easy to correct these minor errors. The individual requesting the correction must request a new Certificate of Fetal Death by submitting a properly completed Death Certificate Application with the required fee or Armed Forces information. Information on requesting and processing different types of fetal death certificate corrections are listed below.

How to Correct Personal Information on a Fetal Death Certificate When Delivery Occurred Within the Past Two Years

To correct spelling or typographical errors in the name of the stillborn fetus or parent's information, the funeral director who signed the original fetal death certificate must complete and submit to the Division of Vital Records a death correction form.

  • FORM - The individual requesting the correction must include a completed death correction statement. List the correct information in the Corrections Desired column. The correction statement must include the signature of the funeral director who signed the original certificate.
  • DEATH CERTIFICATE APPLICATION – A completed and signed Death Certificate Application with ID and payment should be mailed to the Division of Vital Records, P.O. Box 1528, New Castle, PA 16103. Be sure to include a valid email address to receive an email acknowledgement that your application was received.
    • ID - Include a legible photocopy of the individual's (person requesting the correction) valid government-issued photo ID verifying the name and current mailing address. Examples include a state-issued driver's license or non-driver photo ID. Expired IDs cannot be accepted. If the address has been changed, include copy of the update card. If possible, enlarge photo ID on copier by at least 150 percent. If you do not have acceptable photo identification, you may submit a completed Statement from Requestors Not Possessing Acceptable Government-Issued Photo ID with two acceptable documents verifying current address.
    • PAYMENT – Include a check or money order made out to VITAL RECORDS for the exact amount of your order. Fee may be waived for armed forces dependents. Note that cash is not accepted. If cash is submitted with your application, it will be returned, causing additional delays.
  • PROCESSING – Click Current Processing Times for the most up-to-date processing information.

How to Correct Personal Information on a Fetal Death Certificate When Delivery Occurred More Than Two Years Ago

To correct spelling or typographical errors in the name of the stillborn fetus or parent's information, the funeral director who signed the original fetal death certificate must complete and submit to the Division of Vital Records a death correction form.

  • FORM - The individual requesting the correction must include a completed death correction statement. List the correct information in the Corrections Desired column. The correction statement must include the signature of the funeral director who signed the original certificate. A photocopy of any one document that conclusively establishes the information to be corrected must also be submitted. Acceptable documents include a hospital or physician's record. Documents will NOT be returned.
  • DEATH CERTIFICATE APPLICATION – A completed and signed Death Certificate Application with ID and payment should be mailed to the Division of Vital Records, P.O. Box 1528, New Castle, PA 16103. Be sure to include a valid email address to receive an email acknowledgement that your application was received.
    • ID - Include a legible photocopy of the individual's (person requesting the correction) valid government-issued photo ID verifying the name and current mailing address. Examples include a state-issued driver's license or non-driver photo ID. Expired IDs cannot be accepted. If the address has been changed, include copy of the update card. If possible, enlarge photo ID on copier by at least 150 percent. If you do not have acceptable photo identification, you may submit a completed Statement from Requestors Not Possessing Acceptable Government-Issued Photo ID with two acceptable documents verifying current address.
    • PAYMENT – Include a check or money order made out to VITAL RECORDS for the exact amount of your order. Fee may be waived for armed forces dependents. Note that cash is not accepted. If cash is submitted with your application, it will be returned, causing additional delays.
  • PROCESSING – Click Current Processing Times for the most up-to-date processing information.

If a Correction to a Fetal Death Certificate is Not Addressed Above

If a correction you require is not listed above, follow the instructions below or, if you require additional information, contact the Division of Vital Records at 844-228-3516 or 724-656-3100.

  • FORM - A photocopy of any one document that conclusively establishes the information to be corrected must be submitted for review. Acceptable documents include a hospital or physician's record. Documents will NOT be returned.
  • DEATH CERTIFICATE APPLICATION – A completed and signed Death Certificate Application with ID and payment should be mailed to the Division of Vital Records, P.O. Box 1528, New Castle, PA 16103. Be sure to include a valid email address to receive an email acknowledgement that your application was received.
    • ID - Include a legible photocopy of the individual's (person requesting the correction) valid government-issued photo ID verifying the name and current mailing address. Examples include a state-issued driver's license or non-driver photo ID. Expired IDs cannot be accepted. If the address has been changed, include copy of the update card. If possible, enlarge photo ID on copier by at least 150 percent. If you do not have acceptable photo identification, you may submit a completed Statement from Requestors Not Possessing Acceptable Government-Issued Photo ID with two acceptable documents verifying current address.
    • PAYMENT – Include a check or money order made out to VITAL RECORDS for the exact amount of your order. Fee may be waived for armed forces dependents. Click the FETAL DEATH CERTIFICATE FEES bar above for more information. Note that cash is not accepted. If cash is submitted with your application, it will be returned, causing additional delays.
  • PROCESSING – Click Current Processing Times for the most up-to-date processing information.