Pennsylvania Death Records

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In Pennsylvania, the Division of Vital Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health maintains and issues the records of all deaths that occur in the state of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Vital Records Division maintains records of 1906-present. The death records maintained by the Division of Vital Records reveal the name of the deceased, the place and date of death, the DOB of the decease, the name of the deceased’s parents and spouse, place of burial and cause of death.

People request Pennsylvania Death Records for a number of purposes including:

  • Insurance purpose
  • Transferring title of property or land
  • Closing bank accounts

Before 1906, some cities and counties in the state of Pennsylvania maintained records of all births deaths that occurred in the city or county. However, in 1906, the Pennsylvania government took over the responsibility and started to record all births and deaths that occurred in the state. Unlike other vital records, Pennsylvania Death Records are restricted records. This means that only the immediate family members of the deceased or people with a tangible interest in the record can make a request for and obtain a person’s death record. Provided you’re eligible for it, you can request for and obtain death records in Pennsylvania in three different ways: in person, by mail and online. Let’s take a look at how you can obtain the death record you need through each method.

How To Obtain Pennsylvania Death Certificates

The first way to make a request for and obtain the death record certificates you need is in person. To make an in person request for the death record you need, visit any of the six Vital Records offices in Pennsylvania, provide the complete record information, and pay the required fee.

Pennsylvania Death Records Via Mail

Another way to make a request for Pennsylvania Death Records is by mail. To make a mail request for the death record you need, complete and mail the Application for Certified Copy of Death Record along with a copy of your valid photo ID to:

Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Death Unit
PO Box 1528
New Castle, PA 1603

Also, mail the pay order or cheque for the fee. The fee for Pennsylvania Death Records is $9. Generally, a mail request for a Pennsylvania death record takes 8 to 10 weeks to process.

Pennsylvania Death Records Online

The final way for you to make a request for and obtain the death record you need is online. To make an online request for the death record you need, contact VitalCheck, an independent company the Pennsylvania Department of Health has partnered with to make vital records available online. To make an online request for the death record you need, visit the website of VitalCheck, follow the instructions given there, and pay the $20 fee.

In addition to the aforementioned ways, you can obtain Pennsylvania Death Records online through public databases. To find out more, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 724-656-3100.

Pennsylvania Death Records


Pennsylvania Death Record FAQs

Can anyone lookup a Pennsylvania death record?

Yes, Pennsylvania death records are public record which means anyone can view them. Only immediate family members however, can obtain a copy of a person's Pennsylvania death certificate.

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6 responses to “Pennsylvania Death Records

  1. i am trying to find my brother he would be 60 or 61 and I believe he was born in October. Our mother’s name is Colly Hythea Carmichael. born in Dillon South carolina.

    1. Jaki, thank you for reaching out about our Pennsylvania death record blog. Unfortunately that is not enough information for us to find out who your brother is or if is still alive. We searched using your mom’s last name and it is a very common last name. You can try reaching out to the Pennsylvania Department of Health as they manage all the states vital records which include birth records, death records and marriage records. You can call them toll free @ 844-228-3516

  2. We are trying to find my brother/ brother in law. Not sure if he has passed.
    His name is Samuel R Wallace, born in
    Pittsburgh Pa July 6 1943 and may have died July 4 2002. Last known address was Evans City Pa
    Hope you can help

    1. We do show a Samuel R Wallace that was born in 1943 that passed away in 2002. Since you are immediate family, you can obtain a copy of his Pennsylvania death certificate through the Pennsylvania Department of Health as they manage vital records in Pennsylvania

  3. Hello,

    I am looking for a death record for a Dominic Cicci. He was born in Italy. I believe he died in 1929. I also have been told that he was found shot to death in a river. He would be my great grandfather. Thank you for your time.

    1. Kristen, unfortunately our Pennsylvania death records only go back around 50 years and this death record is much older than this. There are a couple of other options to explore. You can contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health or the Pennsylvania State Archives. Those are state run agencies that archive older vital records in Pennsylvania. Good luck with your search and please reach out if we can assist you with any public record related questions.

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Last Updated: March 3, 2020

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