How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Pennsylvania
Birth certificates come in handy when you need to verify your age, identity or citizenship.
If you were born in Pennsylvania and needed a copy of your birth certificate for school, a job, military service or applying for a driver’s license or passport, you can get one by following the process below.
The Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records (DVR) maintains all birth records going back to 1906. They allow you to order a copy in person, online, through the mail or by phone.
Only specific people can access your birth record, and they are:
- You if you are 18 years or older.
- Your parents or legal guardian.
- Your spouse.
- Your siblings.
- Your children.
- Your stepchildren.
- Your grandparents.
- Your grandkids.
- A legal representative with proper authorization.
First, you will need a copy of the application. Then you can visit them in person between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, by bringing your paperwork, the fees, and photo ID to one of the many state offices.
Or you can order by phone by calling them at 866-712-8238.
You can also order your copies through the mail by sending in your application to:
Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Birth Unit
PO BOX 1528
NEW CASTLE, PA 16103
You will need at least the following information to apply:
- Full name on the record.
- Parent’s full names.
- Date of birth.
- Place of birth.
- Hospital name.
- The number of copies.
- Military information if applicable.
- Your information and signature.
You will also have to pay a non-refundable $20 fee per copy. You must make your check or money order out to Vital Records. Fees are waived for members of the military or if you are applying to the military.
You also have the option of using an online service such VitalChek.com to search for and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker.