How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Pennsylvania?
You sometimes find yourself in the situation of needing a copy of your divorce decree for insurance, employment or other business purposes. The certificate validates your marital status, name change, and identity. If you were divorced in Pennsylvania, you can obtain a copy by following the process below.
In Pennsylvania, their health system does not manage or keep divorce records so you must obtain your copy of the certificate through the court system where your divorce was finalized. You can search for your specific county courthouse here.
You will need to visit the court clerk’s office of your specific courthouse and fill out an application form. If the county does not use forms, you can write your own request for a copy. You will need at least the following information:
- A valid photo ID (driver’s license, military or state ID, or passport.
- Full names of both husband and wife.
- Date of the divorce.
- Place of the divorce (city or county).
- Your full name, address, and phone number.
- Your relationship to either of the parties.
- If you have the case or docket number, include that as well, it will make searching and finding the record easier.
The fees will vary by county, and you will need to bring a check, money order or cash to pay in full before they will process your request. Sometimes the county will offer expedited service for mail orders or same-day service for walk-ins.
You may also use a service like VitalChek to do an online search and request a copy of your divorce certificate through them. They offer expedited services, and you can pay with a credit card. Additional fees may apply for expedited service.
Another option is to contact your original divorce lawyer and get a copy from them. They are required by law to keep legal documents for some number of years. If they don’t have yours on file, they can get a copy for you. Additional legal fees may apply if you decide to use this method to obtain your certificate.