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A birth certificate is an essential document that is required for several official purposes. If you were born in the state of Pennsylvania and need a copy of your certificate, you can quickly apply for one online. All you have to do is complete an online application with your personal details.START FORM
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The Pennsylvania birth certificate application is straightforward and easy to fill out. The application is currently available online, and you can provide your personal details in just a few minutes. To successfully complete the process, you will be required to send a copy of a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license, to the Pennsylvania Vital Records office. Furthermore, you must cover a fee per copy you request. You can pay with a money order or a personal check.
The birth certificate can be used to prove your identity for legal purposes. There are several instances when you will need to have an authorized copy of your Pennsylvania birth certificate. For instance, you will have to present one to obtain your driver’s license, get married, apply for a U.S. passport, or register for school. Regardless of the reason why you might need a replacement of your birth certificate, getting an authorized or informational copy is fairly simple.
In Pennsylvania, the Department of Health manages all birth certificate requests. Besides birth certificates, the Pennsylvania Department of Health also handles marriage and death certificates. In the United States all records of life events must be kept under governmental authority. There is not a single vital records office in Pennsylvania, in fact there are offices located in:
Beware that starting October 1st, 2020, U.S. nationals and residents must have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card to be able to enter federal facilities and board commercial aircrafts. Among the requirements to get a REAL ID, you will need to prove your identity with a document such as the birth certificate.
Before requesting a copy of your birth certificate, it is important that you know what kind of certificate you need as there are two types in Pennsylvania: an informational copy or an authorized copy.
An authorized copy will always have the registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, as well as the registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office. You may order an authorized copy on behalf of another person, as long as you are eligible.
As a general rule, the following people are eligible to apply for a person’s birth certificate:
Please note that a Power of Attorney (POA) document should only be submitted when an individual or eligible family member is unable to apply for the birth certificate. However, a POA is expected to meet several requirements to successfully obtain the birth certificate.
Birth certificates that are authorized, have a confidential section which is restricted to:
Meanwhile, the informational copy has the following words imprinted across the face of the copy: “Informational, not a valid document to establish identity”. The information is the same as the info displayed on the authorized copy.
To get your Pennsylvania birth certificate you simply need to follow a few steps. You no longer need to travel to a vital records office to get your authorized or informational copy. You can complete a birth certificate online application with your personal details, print it out and mail it to the Pennsylvania Department of Health along with a copy of a valid U.S. ID, and the respective payment.
When you apply for a certified copy, you must prove your identity.
All those born in the state of Pennsylvania that need to request a certified copy of their birth certificate will need to include a clear photocopy of both sides of one of the forms of photo ID listed below along with a completed application form:
Once your application package is completed you will need to mail it to:
Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Birth Unit
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA. 16103-1528
This is the office that handles all birth certificate requests that are send via mail. You can always go in person to the vital records office where your birth was recorded.
When requesting a copy of a birth certificate, it is important to cover the cost of each copy requested. When preparing your application, you will need to include a money order or a personal check.
The filing fee of each copy of a birth certificate in Pennsylvania is of $20. The price is the same for both, a certified or an informational copy.
After completing your application and mailing it to the vital records office you need to know that each application has a processing time. In Pennsylvania, birth certificate requests are processed within 2 weeks. There are peak request periods, and it is possible that during these periods, the order takes longer to process.
Below you will find a complete list of Vital Records offices and Pennsylvania County Recorders that are able to provide Birth Certificate copies. Though County Recorder Offices may not be close to your home, they can at times process requests faster than CDPH-VR.
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You may be required to provide a copy of your photo ID to prove your identity. In some cases you may be required to provide a sworn notarized statement of your identity. Our Pennsylvania personalized instructions will provide all the information needed.
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