Monday, January 12, 2009

Death Certificates

How do I get more certified copies of the Death Certificate?

During the same month as the death occurred, death certificates are housed in our local registrar’s office and copies may be obtained through Turner’s at $6.00 per copy. After that, the death certificates are transferred to the Pennylvania Department of Health Vital Records Office in New Castle and may be obtained from them at $9.00 a copy. For same-day service, you may visit them in person at:

101 South Mercer Street
Suite 401
New Castle, PA 16101

Copies may also be obtained by mail. Click here to download the request form. It can be mailed, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

Division of Vital Records
Attn: Death Unit
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16101

Lastly, copies may be ordered online as well, but you will be charged an $8.00 service fee in addition to the $9.00 a copy.

Veterans and their spouses are entitled to an unlimited number of free certified copies. Simply fill in the veteran’s service information on the form to receive Military Status copies.

You will need the following information when ordering death certificates:
  • Full name of decedent
  • Date of death
  • City and county of death
  • Social Security number, if known
  • Funeral director, if known
  • Father's name and mother's maiden name, if known
  • Relationship to the decedent
  • Reason for the request
  • Applicant's signature
  • Applicant's daytime telephone number, including area code
  • Applicant's mailing address
If you need assistance locating any of this information, or help filling out the form, please contact us at 724.758.4504 and we’ll be happy to help you.

You will need certified copies for the following items:
  • Bank Accounts (one per bank, not account)
  • Insurance Policies (one per company, not policy)
  • Employee Benefits
  • Vehicle Titles
  • Real Estate Transfers
  • Stocks & Bonds
  • Income Tax Returns

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