Birth and Death Certificates
Effective November 29, 2012, the Division of Vital Records is transitioning to a new telephone system which will enhance our services to you. We appreciate your patience during this conversion process and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
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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:
- School Entrance
- Social Security
- Personal Identification
- Estate Purposes
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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. This legislation provides that such documents become public records 105 years after the date of birth or 50 years after the date of death.