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Public Offices

Office Hours

  • Office hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays.

Products Available

  • Most birth certificates and death certificates are issued on-site.
  • All other consumer products (including fetal death certificates, stillborn birth certificates, and noncertified copies of original birth records to adoptees) can be applied for in-person but are not available for issuance from our public offices.

Processing Times

  • Same-day service for birth certificates and death certificates is available if applicant is at the counter before 2:00 p.m., except at our Philadelphia location (where next-day service is available)
  • Applications received at the counter after 2:00 p.m. are scheduled for next day pick-up.
  • Two-day processing is available if the certificate is to be mailed to the applicant.  Allow four-day processing for orders submitted to our Philadelphia location.
  • Additional processing time is necessary for genealogical requests or any subpoenas, court orders or power of attorney requests.
  • Based on the unique details surrounding your application, additional processing time may be required.

Important Tips

  • Print an Application for a Birth Certificate or an Application for a Death Certificate beforehand or complete an application when you arrive.
  • Bring 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.  
  • If you would like someone else to pick up your certificate, submit a completed "Authorization for an Individual to Pick Up Certificates" at time of application.
  • Bring along a check or money order made out to VITAL RECORDS for the exact amount of your order. All certificates cost $20 each.  Cash and credit card payments are not accepted.  Fees may be waived for members of the armed forces.

Locations


Erie Vital Records Office
1910 W. 26th St.
Erie, PA 16508-1148
​​Philadelphia Vital Records Office
110 N. Eighth St., Suite 108
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2412
Harrisburg Vital Records Office
Forum Place Building
555 Walnut St., First Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-1914
Pittsburgh Vital Records Office
411 Seventh Ave., Suite 360
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1973
​New Castle Vital Records Office
105 Nesbitt Road
New Castle, PA 16105
​​Scranton Vital Records Office
Scranton State Office Building, Room 112
100 Lackawanna Ave.
Scranton, PA 18503-1928