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Once your Pennsylvania (PA) birth certificate order is complete, it is electronically sent the next business day to the government agency for processing.



Hundreds of government agencies nationwide exclusively trust VitalChek for accepting their birth certificates and other vital record orders.

Pennsylvania Vital Records Agency Information


The Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Vital Records maintains records of births and deaths that occurred in Pennsylvania from 1906 to the present. The Division of Vital Records issues only certified copies of birth and death records.

The Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records office does not issue copies of Pennsylvania marriage and divorce records. Copies of these vital records may be obtained by contacting the courthouse in the county where the marriage license was issued or divorce decree was granted.

Copies of Pennsylvania vital records may be obtained through VitalChek on an expedited basis.

NOTICE: Although VitalChek attempts to include accurate and up-to-date information on this site, state and agency information is subject to change without notice. VitalChek makes no representations or warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of the information herein and assumes no liability with respect to such information.


Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records issues

certified copies of Pennsylvania birth certificates with a raised seal that are typically acceptable for travel, passport, proof of citizenship, Social Security, driver's license, school registration, personal identification, employment and other legal purposes.

Who Can Order?

To order certified copies of Pennsylvania birth certificates, the eligible applicant must be eighteen (18) years of age or older. You may order a copy of your own certificate or one for an immediate family member (spouse, parent, sibling, child, grandparent or grandchild).

Legal representatives must submit additional documentation justifying their need for copies of Pennsylvania birth certificates. Therefore, legal representatives are not eligible to order birth certificates online.

Where Can The Document Be Shipped?

Pennsylvania Vital Records will only ship certified copies of Pennsylvania birth certificates to the eligible applicant's verified credit card billing address.

NOTICE: The credit card used to place the order must be registered in the name of the eligible requestor and the certificate will only be mailed to the name and address as reflected on the credit card billing address.

The birth record will be returned by either regular mail, or for an additional fee of $18.00, you may select the option of UPS Air delivery. A signature is required for UPS Air delivery. Please note that UPS Air will not ship to a P.O. Box.

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