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Pennsylvania Department of Health does not accept credit cards or online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online request through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc.  An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service. All major credit cards are accepted including American Express®, Discover®, Mastercard® or Visa®.

VitalChek is the only approved vendor the Pennsylvania Department of Health has authorized to process online orders for Pennsylvania birth or death certificates.  If you use another Internet vendor, you will pay an additional fee to that vendor without receiving any additional services.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health has no control over what services and fees other Internet vendors offer and charge, nor can we guarantee the confidentiality of any vital record data provided to vendors other than Vitalchek. If you have ordered through another Internet vendor and have experienced a problem in obtaining the record ordered, you will need to contact that vendor directly. If you believe an Internet vendor's website provides inaccurate information about service or fees, you may wish to consider reporting to the consumer protection office in the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office OR the consumer protection agency in the state where you reside or the vendor is located.

 

Online Ordering Information:

FEES

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Birth:  $20 per certified copy

 

Typical processing time for certified copies of birth certificates with a date of birth of 1967 to present is twenty (20) to twenty-five (25)business days (from the date the order is received) which does not include delivery time.  For certified copies of birth with a date of birth prior to 1967, please allow thirty-five (35) to forty (40) business days for processing time, excluding delivery time.

The status of a request cannot be verified unless it has been a minimum of two business days from the date request has been submitted.

Death: $9 per certified copy

+ $10 service fee per    transaction

Typical processing time for certified copies of death certificates is thirty-five (35) to forty (40) business days (from the date the order is received) which does not include delivery time.  Please note:   The registration process for recent deaths can take up to thirty business days.  If you apply for a certified copy of death that recently occurred, please allow an additional thirty business days to complete the registration process and issue the certified copy of death.

 

The status of a request cannot be verified unless it has been a minimum of two business days from the date request has been submitted

 

Online ordering is available for most requests; however some exceptions include:  

  • Birth occurred in another country and registered in Pennsylvania.

  • Certificate requested for genealogy purposes.

  • Requesting time of birth.

  • Fee waiver for Armed Forces member or related to Armed Forces member.

  • Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth.

  • If the reason for your request or your relationship to individual does not appear in the online ordering drop-down box options, then you are not eligible to order the certificate online.  Please review information on how to apply by mail or in person for a birth certificate or death certificate.

 

Disclaimer   

 

Credit card transactions are not handled directly by the Department of Health, but are transacted through a third party.  Any third party must meet Department of Health criteria. The requestor's use of a credit card constitutes a transaction between the requestor and the third party and it is not a transaction between the requestor using a credit card and the Department. The requestor, in utilizing a credit card, specifically agrees that the Department shall not be liable to requestor, cardholder, or anyone else in regard to requestor's submission or use of a credit card to pay for services or goods provided by the Department.

By continuing, I agree that I understand the above disclaimer. Please click here to order on-line.