Frequently Asked Questions


This section will provide answers to Frequently Asked Questions relative to death certificates.




Where can I obtain a copy of a death certificate if the death occurred before 1906?

Where can I obtain a copy of a death certificate if the death occurred in another state?

Do foreign governments accept a death certificate issued by the Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records (including information regarding Apostille or Certification)?

Is the fee for a death certificate waived for military personnel?

How do I check the status of a request I submitted by mail for a death certificate?

How do I find a cemetery plot, burial place or place of cremation?




Where can I obtain a copy of a death certificate if the death occurred before 1906?

The Division of Vital Records began collecting records in 1906; therefore, it will be necessary for you to contact the county courthouse where the event occurred.

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Where can I obtain a copy of a death certificate if the death occurred in another state?

Death certificates from other states may be obtained from the state where the event occurred.

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Do foreign governments accept a death certificate issued by the Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records (including information regarding Apostille or Certification)?

Many foreign governments require that a certified copy of a death certificate also include an Apostille or Certification for various matters. This Apostille or Certification is issued by the Bureau of Commissions, Elections & Legislation of the Department of State. We suggest you review the instructions on obtaining a certified copy of the death certificate.

You should also visit the
Bureau of Commissions, Elections & Legislation’s website which provides information regarding an Apostille or Certification.

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Is the fee for a death certificate waived for military personnel?

Yes. This fee may be waived for records of individuals who served in the Armed Forces and their dependents. We suggest you review the instructions on obtaining a certified copy of the death certificate.

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How do I check the status of a request I submitted by mail for a death certificate?

If you have not received the certificate within the published processing time, you may call 1-877-PA-HEALTH OR (724) 698-2375 for assistance. If possible, please have your cancelled check information available.

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How do I find a cemetery plot, burial place or place of cremation?

A death certificate should indicate the name and location of the cemetery where an individual is buried or place of cremation; however, it will be necessary for you to contact the cemetery official to obtain the exact location. We suggest you review the instructions on obtaining a certified copy of the death certificate.

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Division of Vital Records

Address:

P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

Phone:

(724) 656-3100

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