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Corrections to Death Certificates


The individual requesting a correction must include a legible copy of his/her valid government issued photo ID, such as state-issued driver's license or non-driver photo ID verifying his/her current mailing address. 

 

·         Mail requests are processed in approximately 8 to 10 weeks from the date of receipt.    

     


How To Correct Personal Information Of Decedent If Death Occurred Within Past Two Years

How To Correct Personal Information Of Decedent If Death Occurred More Than Two Years Ago

Major Changes to Decedent's Name, Date of Death or Cause of Death

If Correction To Death Certificate Is Not Addressed Above




How To Correct Personal Information Of Decedent If Death Occurred Within Past Two Years

To correct spelling or typographical errors in the decedent’s name, date of birth, age, mailing address, social security number, etc. it will be necessary for the funeral director who signed the original death certificate or the informant listed on the death certificate to complete a Death Correction Statement. Please list the information in the “Correct” column and hand sign in the designated area. The individual requesting the correction must include a legible copy of his/her valid government issued photo ID.

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How To Correct Personal Information Of Decedent If Death Occurred More Than Two Years Ago

To correct spelling or typographical errors in the decedent’s name, date of birth, age, mailing address, social security number, etc. it will be necessary for the funeral director who signed the original death certificate or the informant listed on the death certificate to complete a Death Correction Statement. Please list the information in the “Correct” column and hand sign in the designated area. In addition, a photocopy of any one document that conclusively establishes the information to be corrected must be submitted. Acceptable documents include a birth certificate, Social Security card, marriage record, or life insurance policy. The individual requesting the correction must include a legible copy of his/her valid government issued photo ID.

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Major Changes to Decedent's Name, Date of Death or Cause of Death

It will be necessary to contact the physician or medical examiner/coroner who signed the original death certificate for assistance in changing these items on the death certificate.

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If Correction To Death Certificate Is Not Addressed Above

If the correction you desire is not addressed above or you require additional information, you may contact the Division of Vital Records by one of the methods listed below:

Telephone:   1-877-PA-HEALTH or (724) 698-2379

Mail:

Please submit a completed application form and specify the correction(s) desired to the death certificate. The individual requesting the correction must include a legible copy of his/her valid government issued photo ID with the completed application form and the required fee or Armed Forces information.

Please mail your request to:

Division of Vital Records
Attn: Death Unit
101 South Mercer Street
PO Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

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