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    Programs that issue, maintain and, where appropriate, provide access to or copies of the official documents that certify that an individual has died. Death certificates specify the cause of death and are generally signed by an attending or examining physician. Available in most jurisdictions are authorized copies which may be required to obtain death benefits, claim insurance proceeds, notify Social Security and access other services related to an individual’s identity; and informational copies which cannot be used to establish identity. Only individuals designated by law have access to authorized copies of a person's death certificate.

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    Catholic Social Services - Document AssistanceProvides assistance with birth; death; marriage; baptism certificates in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.PhiladelphiaCatholic Social Services - Casa del CarmenCatholic Social Services - Southeast Pennsylvania
    Division of Vital Records - Birth and Death CertificatesInformation regarding births and deaths in PA from 1906 to present (prior to 1906 records were kept in county courthouses).Division of Vital RecordsPennsylvania Department of Health
    Division of Vital Records - ErieProvides certified copies of Pennsylvania birth and death records.ErieDivision of Vital Records - ErieDivision of Vital Records - Erie
    Division of Vital Records - ScrantonFor walk-in services, same day service is available if the applicant is at the counter prior to 11:30 a.m. Additional processing time is necessary for genealogical requests, certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth requests, or any subpoenas, court orders, or Power of Attorney requests. The Scranton office only maintains death certificates for the county of Lackawanna from 2004 to the present. Requests for other death certificates will be forwarded to the central office in New Castle for processing. You will be required to complete an application for certified copy of a birth or death certificate. You may need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader to print the application. You must present valid government issued photo identification. Examples of acceptable identification are a state issued driver's license or non-driver photo ID with requestor's name and current address, etc. If you do not have acceptable photo identification, please follow this simple set of instructions in order to obtain a birth certificate. There is a $20.00 fee for each certified copy of birth and $9.00 for each certified copy of death. Check or money order should be made payable to Vital Records. No fee may be required for certificates of Armed Forces members and their dependents. We suggest you review the list of Who May Request a Birth or Death Certificate to determine if you are eligible to apply for a certified copy.LackawannaDivision of Vital RecordsPennsylvania Department of Health
    Philadelphia Office of Vital RecordsProvides certified copies of birth and death certificates.PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Office of Vital Records - Philadelphia; ChinatownPhiladelphia Office of Vital Records

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