All documents MUST be original versions or certified copies (if applicable) — no photocopies will be accepted.
There are many different types of Birth Notifications, but Certified Birth Certificates must:
- Be State issued
- Contain a raised/embossed seal
- Contain a signature from an official office of vital records
If you do not have your birth certificate in your possession, you need to contact your state or county Department of Health office in the state of your birth and request an original or certified copy. Some states may take up to six months to process duplicate birth certificates, so it is advisable to begin this process right away.
- View information for Vital Records at the PA Department of Health
- View contact information for health departments in other states
Please view images of acceptable birth certificates in the examples below.
PA Birth Certificate – Long Form:
PA Birth Certificate – Short Form:
Other Examples of Acceptable Birth Certificates:
Unacceptable Birth Certificate Examples: