On December 15, 2011, Governor Tom Corbett of
approved Senate Bill 361. Pennsylvania
This bill provides for public access to certain birth and death certificates after a fixed amount of time has passed. This legislation provides that such documents become public records 105 years after the date of birth or 50 years after the date of death.
To apply for a non-certified copy you must first search the
birth indices (1906) or death indices (1906-1961) to obtain a Pennsylvania State File number. Pennsylvania
Read this page to learn more about applying for these records and the indexes.
Has this change in the PA vital records law impacted your research? If so, please share how.
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