A birth certificate is an official legal document that summarizes a person’s birth record. In Pennsylvania, a birth certificate is prints on specialize security paper and contains a raised seal. This document is frequently use to prove identity when applying for a passport, employment, driver’s license, social security card and school enrollment. Apply For Birth Certificate
Our office only issues birth certificates for births that occur in Pennsylvania since 1906.
You will receive a certifies “No Record Certification of Birth” if you request a certificate and we can not identify or find a record using the information you provide. Therefore, please provide as much information as possible to assist us in locating the request birth record. Apply For Birth Certificate
How do I apply for a birth certificate?
Please note that the Department of Health processes requests for all orders. Online service providers collect your order and submit it to our office for processing. VitalChek is the only authorize vendor who collects orders on our behalf. All other online service providers convert your orders to a paper application. Therefore, expect a delay in service if you use an online service provider other than VitalChek.
If you order through another online vendor and have experienced a problem in obtaining the certificate, you will need to contact that vendor directly for resolution. If you believe a vendor provides inaccurate information about our services or fees, you may contact the consumer protection office in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office or the consumer protection agency in the state where you reside or the state where the vendor is located for further assistance.