If you are in need of certified copies of a Pennsylvania death certificate, we are happy to assist you.

Obtaining Certified Death Certificate Copies at the time of death: 

At the time of death, we will file the original death certificate with the local registrar and obtain certified copies for you and your family. The cost for these certificates is $20 per copy.

These certified copies of the death record (with a raised embossed state seal printed on security paper) are acceptable for various uses such as:

Estate settlement

Insurance Policies

Pension / Retirement Accounts

Real Estate Transfers

Stocks and Bonds

Bank Accounts

and Many Others

If you later find that you need additional certified copies, we are able to obtain them from the local registrar for 90 days. 

After this time period, the original death certificate is filed with the PA Department of Vital Statistics and certified copies must be ordered directly from the state. 

  Obtaining Certified Death Certificate Copies 90 days or more past the time of death:

When ordering certified death certificate copies from the State of Pennsylvania, two options exist:

 1. Visit Vital Records in person at a regional office.

In our area, there are two offices and processing times are estimated at 4 weeks.


411 7th Avenue   Floor 3

Pittsburgh, PA 15219


New Castle

105 Nesbitt Road

New Castle, PA 16105


2. Order certified death certificate copies online, through PA's third party provider VitalChek.

This is the fastest way to obtain certified copies, with processing times usually estimated at 2-3 weeks. 

Options for standard and expedited shipping are available (with an additional charge). The cost for these certificates is $30, plus any applicable fees for shipping. 

Payment must be made via a credit card that is in the same name as the person requesting the certificates.

Certificates can be ordered through VitalChek through the link below:

Death Certificates

FAST TURNAROUND Once your death certificate order is complete, it is electronically sent by the next business day to the government agency for processing. GOVERNMENT ENDORSED Hundreds of government agencies nationwide exclusively trust VitalChek for accepting their death certificates and other vital record orders.


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