Application for licenses and other documents usually require you to secure a copy of your original birth certificate. Some people lose their birth certificates for many reasons. This can be a problem. However, you can easily apply for a new copy of your birth certificate. The process is quite easy because of technology. Here are the steps that you can follow if you want to replace a birth certificate in Pennsylvania.
- Get information. You must first know the requirements for filing a new birth certificate in Pennsylvania. You can get a birth certificate for social security purposes, applications of passports and other documents and licenses and for employment. You can go to the website Pennsylvania Birth Certificates. On this website, you can get information on how to request a birth certificate and costs that you need to pay. There is also information on who can request a birth certificate. Read all the facts on the website to help you with application.
- Online request. You can order your birth certificate online. This is more convenient if you have a lot to do and you do not have time to go to the main office. You can go to the website Vital Check. Fill out the order forms online and pay the processing fee of $10.00. Afterwards, wait for your birth certificate to be mailed to you. For more information, you can visit the website Pennsylvania Birth Certificate Online.
- Request through mail. Another option that you have is to request your birth certificate by mail. To do this, you need to submit the completed application form with your signature and a photo of yourself for identification process. You can submit a copy of your driver’s license and other government issued identification. The processing fee is also $10.00. You can expect to receive your birth certificate after a month or so after you apply. It may also take a longer time if there are plenty of people requesting for birth certificates.
- Personal application. You can apply for your birth certificate by going to one of the public offices in 6 locations – Scranton, Erie, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New Castle. When you go to the office, you need to fill out an application form. You can already get the application form and fill it out before you go to the office. Bring with you a valid ID card with your photo, name and current address. Afterwards, pay the processing fee of $10.00. You can view the schedule and other information of the offices on the website Public Office Information.
These are the options that you have when you want to request a birth certificate in the state of Pennsylvania. You have to wait at least 3 weeks for the processing and delivery of your birth certificate. If you are a soldier who is serving for the army, the $10.00 fee is waived. You can get all the information that you need for application by going to the official website of Pennsylvania Department of Health at Pennsylvania Department of Health.