Pennsylvania Birth Records Search
Pennsylvania’s Department of Health is the government agency devoted to recording birth records and issuing birth certificates for the state. Pennsylvania has birth records dating back to 1906.
Pennsylvania birth records are private and carry restricted access rules. Therefore, only the following people can obtain a copy of yours until you are 18 years old: your parents, legal representative, your spouse, children, siblings, grandchildren, grandparents, stepchildren or someone who has your power of attorney.
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You will also have to prove your identity when requesting a Pennsylvania birth record search and certificate. You can do so with one of the following forms of photo ID: driver’s license, government-Issued ID, passport, military, school or work photo ID.
You must also specify the reason for your request and prove your relationship to the person on record, if it is not you.
Along with your information, you will also need to provide the following:
- Full name of the person on the record.
- Father’s full name.
- Mother’s maiden name.
- Date of birth.
- Place of birth.
- Current age.
Types of Pennsylvania Birth Records
Pennsylvania offers only a single type of birth certificate for you to purchase and that is a certified copy. A certified copy is a legal document you can use to prove your identity for purposes of personal identification, sports enrollment, social security, getting a passport or driver’s license, entering the military, or employment.
You can request amendments to existing birth records or get a copy of a foreign birth certificate.
Although relatively small, Pennsylvania has a dense population of 12.82 million people making it the 42nd regarding growth with an annual rate of 0.24%.
Ranking 9th overall in the country concerning population density, Pennsylvania has 283.9 people per square mile covering its total mass of 46,055.24 square feet.
Pennsylvania was one of the original 13 States.
Population change from 2010-2016
Population by Gender
There are more women than men in Pennsylvania. The total population of Pennsylvania is estimated at 12,787,085 people with 6,260,405 male and 6,526,680 female. There are 266,275 more more women than men in the state, which is 51.04% of the total population.
The Pennsylvania Gender Ratio is 96 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.96. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.
Gender ratio in 2016
Total population in 2016
Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016
Pennsylvania Birth Statistics
The state's birth rate decreased to 10.51 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 139,409 total births — the lowest in Pennsylvania history, and lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 139,409, 3.53% of the number of nationwide registered births.
State Birth Rate
Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Pennsylvania
Top 5 Counties in Pennsylvania with the lowest/highest Birth Rate
|Top 5 counties in Pennsylvania with the lowest birth rate||Top 5 counties in Pennsylvania with the highest birth rate|
|Westmoreland County - 8.27||Philadelphia County - 13.72|
|Monroe County - 8.89||Lancaster County - 13.00|
|Adams County - 9.02||Dauphin County - 12.56|
|Northampton County - 9.37||Franklin County - 12.19|
|Bucks County - 9.51||Lehigh County - 11.71|
Pennsylvania Fertility Rate
In Pennsylvania the fertility rate based on historical data went from 57.75 to 58.29 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 58.49 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.90 to 28.68.
State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother
Fertility Rate By County
The top reproductive counties of Pennsylvania are Lancaster - 69.35, Franklin - 68.68 and Dauphin - 66.44. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:
State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age
Where to Obtain a Pennsylvania Birth Certificate
Pennsylvania allows you to request a Pennsylvania birth record search through the mail, by phone or online. Pennsylvania charges $20 per Pennsylvania birth record search and certificate. The fee may be waived for homeless individuals and members of the armed forces or their immediate family.
You must pay with a check or money order made out to VITAL RECORDS. Credit cards are not accepted unless you use the VitalChek system online.
Mail orders generally take between 24-26 weeks for processing. VitalChek orders will be much faster, and you will get your copy within three weeks. You may mail your paperwork, photo ID and fee to the Division of Vital Records, P.O. Box 1528, New Castle, PA 16103.
If you visit a public health office in person, the wait times will vary. Check with your local office for exact processing times. You can visit weekdays Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You may also place an order 24 hours per day by calling 866-712-8238. You can pay via credit card and request expedited service.