Ordering Additional Death
The Division of Vital Records maintains records of deaths that occurred from 1906 to the present. Certified copies of death certificates (with a raised seal) are issued and acceptable for various uses, such as:
- Settle Estate
- Property Transfer
- Social Security
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING RIGHT-TO-KNOW LAW:
Death certificates maintained by the Division of Vital Records are not public certificates and, therefore, cannot be released under the provisions of Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know-Law. To determine if you are eligible to apply for a certified copy, please review the following:
Who May Request a Death Certificate?
Only certain people can request a death certificate. You must be:
- Legal representative of decedent’s estate
- Immediate family member
- Extended family member who indicates a direct relationship to the decedent
- Power of Attorney (Please note that a Power of Attorney document is no longer valid upon the death of the individual)
There is a $20 fee for each certified copy. Check or money order should be made payable to Vital Records. This fee may be waived for individuals who served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces or their dependents. The Armed Forces fee waiver does not apply to genealogical requests.
How to Get a Death Certificate
There is a convenient method to order death certificates online. Simply click the link below to get started.
For specific questions on ordering death certificates please contact the Division of Vital Records at (724) 656-3100