Order Your Pennsylvania (PA) Birth Certificate Online

Don’t waste time applying at your local government office! Order your certified Pennsylvania (PA) birth certificate right now from the comfort of your own home.

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Get a new Pennsylvania (PA) Birth Certificate

A birth certificate is a legal document that shows proof of identity, proof of citizenship, and allows you to apply for things like a passport, a social security card and a driver’s license. To obtain your Pennsylvania (PA) birth certificate, simply fill out our online application and follow the custom submission instructions we will provide. Your Pennsylvania birth certificate will be issued by the vital records office and mailed straight to your home.

Replace a lost Pennsylvania Birth Certificate

When you need to replace an official document, it can be a confusing process. If your Pennsylvania birth certificate has been lost, damaged, or stolen, you will need to apply for a replacement copy. Replace your birth certificate using our online application system for the state where you were born. Then, submit your application using the instructions provided with your application form.

Get a Certified Copy of Your Birth Certificate

A birth certificate is an important document to have. It allows you to prove your identity, age and American citizenship, which is vital when applying for things like passports, driver’s licenses, and government benefits. You may also need it to enroll in school or sign up for the military. To request an authorized copy, you will need to submit an application to the state and/or specific county you were born in.

To get a certified copy of your Pennsylvania birth certificate, simply complete our online form then follow the detailed instructions we provide to submit your application and have your birth certificate mailed straight to your home.

You must apply for a certified copy of your birth certificate through the state you were born in. If you were born in Pennsylvania, then that is where you should request your birth certificate from. You can get your birth certificate from the Pennsylvania (PA) vital records office, or from the county health department.

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Who is eligible to apply?

Birth records are restricted in Pennsylvania. You can only apply for a birth certificate for yourself, your child, or an immediate family member. You may also apply on behalf of an individual if you are their legal guardian or legal representative, or you have a court order.

Your Pennsylvania birth certificate is an important form of identification that you may need in order to start a new job, apply for or renew a passport or driver’s license, apply for government benefits, or sign up for school or sports.

Pennsylvania Birth Certificate Requirements

To apply for a copy of a Pennsylvania birth certificate, you will need to fill out an application and mail it to the Pennsylvania vital records office. You will also need to prove your identity by including a clear photocopy, of both sides, of one of the forms of photo ID listed below, along with your completed application form.

  • U.S. driver’s license
  • State-issued ID card
  • U.S. Passport

If you are applying for a birth certificate for someone other than yourself or your child, you must include proof of your relationship to the person on record.

Mail your complete application package to:

Division of Vital Records

ATTN: Birth Unit

P.O. Box 1528

New Castle, PA. 16103-1528

Pennsylvania Birth Certificate Fees

Pennsylvania charges a $20 fee to apply for a birth certificate. You must include the full payment with your application.

Processing Time for a Pennsylvania Birth Certificate

Our online service lets you skip the long lines and red tape at your local government office, saving you time and hassle. Simply complete our short application, wait for our experts to assemble your application package, then follow the included instructions to submit your application to the Pennsylvania vital records office. Once it’s processed, the vital records office will mail your birth certificate to you. In most cases, birth certificate applications in Pennsylvania are processed within 2 weeks. However, applications may take longer during peak request periods.

If you need a certified copy of your Pennsylvania birth certificate, we recommend applying early to avoid delays. This will ensure that you get your certificate in time to apply for travel documents and passports, enroll in school or sign up for a sport, or start a new job.

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Pennsylvania Vital Records offices

The following is a full list of Vital Records offices and Pennsylvania County Recorders that can issue Birth Certificate copies. You may experience faster processing times at a county office, rather than a central state office.

Pennsylvania Vital Records offices

Erie Public Office

Division of Vital Records 1910 W. 26th St. Erie, PA 16508-1148

Harrisburg Public Office

Division of Vital Records Forum Place Building 555 Walnut St. First Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101-1914

New Castle Public Office

Division of Vital Records 105 Nesbitt Road New Castle, PA 16105

Pittsburgh Public Office

Division of Vital Records 411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 360 Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1973

Scranton Public Office

Division of Vital Records, Scranton State Office Building, Room 112, 100 Lackawanna Ave. Scranton, PA 18503-1928

Philadelphia Public Office

Division of Vital Records, 110 N. Eight St., Suite 108 Philadelphia, PA 19107-2412

FAQs about Pennsylvania Birth Certificates

How do I apply for a birth certificate copy in Pennsylvania?

Our online application is the fastest way to apply for a certified copy of your Pennsylvania birth certificate. All you have to do is:

  • Fill out the Pennsylvania birth certificate application online. Our experts will review your application and make sure it is error-free, so your birth certificate can be issued directly.
  • Print, sign and pack your completed form, along with photocopies of your government-issued photo ID (see acceptable ID’s above).
  • Mail your application to the Pennsylvania vital records office, along with all required documents and

The Pennsylvania Bureau of Vital Statistics will process your application and send your birth certificate to your home address.

How long does it take to get a Pennsylvania birth certificate?

Processing time for a certified copy of a Pennsylvania birth certificate may vary depending on how you apply:

  • Mail-in orders take approximately 2 weeks.
  • In-person applications usually require you to wait in line at your local office. You can contact your vital records office to enquire about operating hours and wait times.

To get the quickest turnaround time and avoid delays:

  • Fill out our online birth certificate application.
  • Our experts will verify your form to make sure it is error-free and will be accepted.
  • Follow the personalized instructions to submit your application and have your official Pennsylvania birth certificate mailed to your home.

How much is a birth certificate in Pennsylvania?

To get a certified copy of a Pennsylvania birth certificate, you will have to pay the state fee of $20.

Birth certificate application fees must be paid when submitting your application.

We recommend that you order multiple copies of your birth certificate, to ensure that you always have one available when you need it.

Can I get a birth certificate in-person in PA?

You apply for a certified copy of your birth certificate in-person by visiting a Pennsylvania vital records office. However, there are usually long lines at the vital records office and you run the risk of going through all of that hassle just to have your application rejected.

By applying online you can avoid a rejected application, as well as any delays. All you have to do is:

  • Click the link above to fill out your application online.
  • Let our experts revise your form before submitting it.
  • Print and sign your completed, revised form.
  • Submit your form, along with all necessary documents and payment for the processing fees, as indicated in the personalized instructions we provide.

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You can order your birth certificate using our secure online service and completing our simple application process in just 5 minutes. We will save you time and hassle and thanks to our expert assistance you know you’ll get exactly what you want.

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