How difficult is it for a Pennsylvania commonwealth native to get a replacement birth certificate? Quite a bit simpler than one may think. There are three different ways that can be taken to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate if you were born anywhere in Pennsylvania. You can use the online options, mail in options, or you could go to the Pennsylvania Department of Health in six different major Pennsylvania cities to retrieve your replacement birth certificate. Either way you choose can be fast, easy and effective if you were born in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
How Can I get it online?
If you choose the online method, there are several different recommended websites that offer varying timeframes and pricing options to get a replacement birth certificate. You will need standard forms of identification and be able to verify that you are whom you say you are to get a certified copy of your birth certificate with the raised state seal. You will need a valid government or state ID, be able to prove that you are the person named on the birth certificate or a family member (generally a parent or guardian), and a secure method of payment.
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Health, Vital Records Division, can provide you with an official copy of your birth certificate. This is a fast and easy way of getting your replacement copy without having to leave your home. There is a 10-15 day processing period. Fees included will be the standard fee to replace your birth certificate, a processing fee and shipping and handling. The commonwealth of Pennsylvania uses UPS to ship all records and a signature is required upon delivery. Only persons born after 1906 can obtain a replacement birth certificate online from Pennsylvania Vital Records. www.vitalchek.com is the other option that may be accessed to obtain your replacement birth certificate online.
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Can’t I Just Get it in the Mail?
If you would rather get your replacement birth certificate via snail mail (United States Postal Service), you will need a copy of a valid state, government or student ID, or prison ID. This way is less expensive but a lot slower. Orders for replacement birth certificates are processed within three weeks of receipt of request, but it only costs you the $10 replacement fee plus postage unless you would like express mail or UPS return shipping. The fee is waived for armed services members serving overseas and their dependents. All requests need to be mailed to the Division of Vital Records, P O Box 1528 New Castle, PA 16103.
Is There Somewhere Special I can Just Pick It Up?
The quickest, safest, least expensive and most effective way to get a replacement birth certificate in Pennsylvania is to visit one of the six Pennsylvania Department of Health Office of Vital Records offices. The six offices are located in Scranton, Erie, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New Castle and Harrisburg. You can get same day service if you report to the office before 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except on holidays. There is a $10 fee for the initial copy, although the fee is waived for members of the Armed Services and their dependents with a valid ID.
Pennsylvania gives you the options of convenience, speed, safety and effectiveness in obtaining a replacement birth certificate if you need to request one. Your options are opened.