Admissible to corroborate accusations of paternity in bastardy action. The department shall prepare the replacement certificate of birth for the child born of the agreement in accordance with such order. The replacement certificate of birth shall include all information required to be included in a certificate of birth of this state as of the date of the birth, except that the intended parent or parents under the gestational agreement shall be named as the parent or parents of the child.
When a certified copy of a certificate of birth is requested by an eligible party, as provided in section , for which a replacement certificate of birth has been created pursuant to this subsection, a copy of the replacement certificate of birth shall be provided. The department shall seal the original certificate of birth in accordance with the provisions of subsection c of section 19a Such registrar shall proceed in accordance with the provisions of section 19a Section allows an intended parent who is a party to a valid gestational agreement to become a parent without first adopting a child, without respect to the intended parent's genetic relationship to the child.
Failure to file birth certificate. The secretary of any examining board of the healing arts mentioned under section or the Department of Public Health, as the case may be, on ascertaining the fact that a person licensed to practice any of the healing arts or midwifery has failed to file a birth certificate as provided under section , shall immediately request the Commissioner of Public Health to suspend the license of such person, which suspension shall be in effect until such certificate has been filed. Any such person licensed to practice the healing arts or midwifery who engages in practice during the period of such suspension shall be subject to the penalties respectively provided for the practice of his or her profession without a license or certificate of registration.
State Adoption Legislation
Upon the completion of an acknowledgment of paternity at a hospital, concurrent with the hospital's electronic transmission of birth data to the department, or at a town in the case of a home birth, concurrent with the registration of the birth data by the town, the acknowledgment shall be filed in the paternity registry maintained by the department, as required by section 19aa, and the name of the father of a child born out of wedlock shall be entered in or upon the birth certificate or birth record of such child.
All properly completed post birth acknowledgments or certified adjudications of paternity received by the department shall be filed in the paternity registry maintained by the department, and the name of the father of the child born out of wedlock shall be entered in or upon the birth record or certificate of such child by the department, if there is no paternity already recorded on the birth certificate.
If another father's information is recorded on the certificate, the original father's information shall not be removed except upon receipt by the department of a certified order by a court of competent jurisdiction in which there is a finding that the individual recorded on the birth certificate, specifically referenced by name, is not the child's father, or a finding that a different individual than the one recorded, specifically referenced by name, is the child's father. The name of the father on a birth certificate or birth record shall otherwise be removed or changed only upon the filing of a rescission in such registry, as provided in section 19aa.
The Social Security number of the father of a child born out of wedlock may be entered in or upon the birth certificate or birth record of such child if such entry is done in accordance with 5 USC a note. The Social Security number of the parent or parents listed on any birth certificate shall not be released to any party, except to those persons or entities authorized by state or federal law. Such confidential information, other than the excluded information set forth in this subsection, shall not be subject to subpoena or court order and shall not be admissible before any court or other tribunal.
Except as provided in subdivision 2 of this subsection, such certificate shall be issued upon the written request of an eligible party listed in subsection a of this section. Any registrar of vital statistics in this state with access, as authorized by the department, to the electronic vital records system of the department may issue a certified copy of the electronically filed certificate of birth or fetal death of any person born in this state upon the written request of an eligible party listed in subsection a of this section.
The certified homeless youth shall present to the registrar or the department information sufficient to identify himself or herself as may be required by regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to section The person who is certifying the certified homeless youth as homeless shall present to the registrar or the department information sufficient to identify himself or herself as meeting the certification requirements of section History: act provided that members of legally incorporated genealogical societies may have access to records; act changed age of majority from 21 to 18; P.
A , adding Subpara. B re certified homeless youth and making a technical change in Subdiv. A to I , redesignating Subparas. A and B as clauses i and ii and designating existing provisions re emancipated minor as Subpara. A iii , designating existing provisions re access to confidential files as Subdiv. The department may issue uncertified copies of death certificates for deaths occurring less than one hundred years ago, and uncertified copies of birth, marriage, death and fetal death certificates for births, marriages, deaths and fetal deaths that occurred at least one hundred years ago, to researchers approved by the department pursuant to section 19a, and to state and federal agencies approved by the department.
During all normal business hours, members of genealogical societies incorporated or authorized by the Secretary of the State to do business or conduct affairs in this state shall 1 have full access to all vital records in the custody of any registrar of vital statistics, including certificates, ledgers, record books, card files, indexes and database printouts, except for those records containing Social Security numbers protected pursuant to 42 USC c 2 C , and confidential files on adoptions, gender change, gestational agreements and paternity, 2 be permitted to make notes from such records, 3 be permitted to purchase certified copies of such records, and 4 be permitted to incorporate statistics derived from such records in the publications of such genealogical societies.
For all vital records containing Social Security numbers that are protected from disclosure pursuant to federal law, the Social Security numbers contained on such records shall be redacted from any certified copy of such records issued to a genealogist by a registrar of vital statistics. All persons specified on the license, including the parties to the marriage or civil union, officiator and local registrar shall have access to the Social Security numbers specified on the marriage or civil union license and the application for such license for the purpose of processing the license.
Only the parties to a marriage or civil union, or entities authorized by state or federal law, may receive a certified copy of a marriage or civil union license with the Social Security numbers included on the license. Such administrative purposes section, and the Social Security number contained therein, shall be restricted and disclosed only to the following eligible parties: 1 All parties specified on the death certificate, including the informant, licensed funeral director, licensed embalmer, conservator, surviving spouse, physician and town clerk, for the purpose of processing the certificate, 2 the surviving spouse, 3 the next of kin, or 4 any state and federal agencies authorized by federal law.
The department shall provide any other individual, researcher or state or federal agency requesting a certified or uncertified death certificate, or the information contained within such certificate, for a death occurring on or after July 1, , such certificate or information. The decedent's Social Security number shall be removed or redacted from such certificate or information or the administrative purposes section shall be omitted from such certificate. Certification of birth registration.
Such new birth certificate shall include all the information required to be set forth in a certificate of birth of this state as of the date of birth, except that the adopting parents shall be named as the parents instead of the birth parents and, when a certified copy of the birth of such person is requested by an eligible party as described in subdivision 1 of subsection a of section , a copy of the new certificate of birth as prepared by the department shall be provided. Immediately after a new certificate of birth has been prepared, an exact copy of such certificate, together with a written notice of the evidence of adoption, shall be transmitted by the department to the registrar of vital statistics of each municipality in which the birth of the adopted person is recorded.
The new birth certificate, the original certificate of birth on file and the evidence of adoption shall be filed and indexed, under such regulations as the commissioner adopts, in accordance with chapter 54, to carry out the provisions of this section and to prevent access to the records of birth and adoption and the information contained in the records, except as provided in this section. Any authorized applicant seeking to obtain a copy of the original certificate of birth shall first obtain a written court order issued in accordance with section 45ac.
Upon receipt of such court order, the department may issue an uncertified copy of the original certificate of birth on file, marked with a notation by the issuer that such original certificate of birth has been superseded by a replacement certificate of birth as on file. Such certificate shall be marked with a notation by the issuer that such original certificate of birth has been superseded by a replacement certificate of birth as on file.
Additionally, a notice stating that information related to the birth parents' preferences regarding contact by such adopted person or such adopted person's adult child or grandchild and a medical health history form completed by the birth parent may be on file with the Department of Children and Families shall be printed on such certificate or attached thereto.
History: act authorized department to accept evidence satisfactory to it of fact of adoption, provided for adopted person or adopting parents to give written authorization for certification or examination of original record, provided for sending a copy of the new certificate rather than notice to other municipalities and required that copy of adoption decree in foreign language be accompanied by English translation; act changed age of majority from 21 to 18; P.
A Sec. The report shall include the number of birth parents that selected each option described in section 17aa. Such certification of birth registration shall contain only the adopted name, sex, date of birth, place of birth and date of preparation of such certification of birth registration by the department.
Such certificate of foreign birth shall contain the adopted name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, legal name of adoptive parent or parents and date of preparation of such certificate of foreign birth.
No certification of birth registration or certificate of foreign birth shall be prepared by the department unless upon specific written request of the person to whom the certification of birth registration relates, if over sixteen years of age, or of the adopting parent or parents or the probate court for the district in which the adoption proceedings were had. When the department has prepared such certificate of birth registration or certificate of foreign birth, copies thereof shall be issued by the department in accordance with the provisions of subsection a of section The probate court shall hold a hearing on the application and receive medical and other evidence relevant to the issue of biological age and date of birth of the adopted person.
After such hearing, the probate court may issue a decree to establish the biological age and date of birth of the adopted person. If the biological age and date of birth established in the decree is different from the biological age and date of birth in the certification of birth registration or a certificate of foreign birth, the probate court shall provide a certified copy of the decree to the department.
Any certification of birth registration or certificate of foreign birth issued by the department pursuant to subsection a of this section after the date the department receives such decree shall reflect the date of birth in such decree. History: act changed age of majority from 21 to 18 years; P. Any certification of birth, when properly certified by the registrar of the town in which the birth occurred or of the town in which the mother resided at the time of the birth or the Department of Public Health, shall be prima facie evidence of the facts therein stated in all courts and places and in all actions, proceedings or applications, judicial, administrative or otherwise, and such certification of birth shall have the same force and effect, wherever offered, with respect to the facts therein stated as an original certificate of birth.
Naked assertion of principal witness as to his age held of insufficient probative value, without corroboration from available dependable source of proof, to convict defendant of crime of selling alcoholic liquor to minor. Section is repealed, effective October 1, Delayed registration of births.
An adult, parent or legal guardian requesting a delayed registration of birth shall also submit to the department documentary evidence of the name, date and place of birth of the person for whom a delayed registration of birth is requested. Such documentary evidence shall be sufficient to enable the department to determine that the birth did, in fact, occur on the date and at the place alleged by the adult, parent or legal guardian making the request.
If the department determines that the evidence submitted is sufficient to determine the facts of the birth, the department shall prepare a birth certificate based upon the information contained in the affidavits and other documentary evidence submitted to the department. The department shall transmit a copy of such certificate to the registrar of the town where the birth occurred and to the registrar of the town where the mother resided at the time of birth.
The petitioner shall include with the petition the affidavits and other documentary evidence submitted to the department in accordance with subsection a of this section. Such court shall schedule a hearing and cause notice of the hearing to be given to the following persons: 1 The petitioner; 2 if the delayed registration of birth is sought for a minor, A the parent or legal guardian of the minor, and B if the minor is twelve years of age or older, the minor; 3 the commissioner; and 4 any such other person as the court may determine has an interest in the hearing.
The commissioner or the commissioner's authorized representative may appear and testify at such hearing. The petitioner shall have the burden of proving the facts of the birth. If the court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that the birth occurred on the date and at the place alleged by the petitioner, the court shall issue an order containing the person's name, sex, date of birth, place of birth and any other identifying information as the court deems appropriate and directing the department to issue a delayed birth certificate.
Upon receipt of a certified copy of any such order, the department shall prepare a birth certificate based on the facts set forth in the court's order and transmit a copy of the certificate to the registrar of the town where the birth occurred and to the registrar of the town where the mother resided at the time of birth. The petitioner shall be responsible for the cost of any genetic test required by the court, except the department shall pay such cost for any petitioner who is found by the court to be indigent.
If the results of such test indicate a ninety-nine per cent or greater probability that a person is the mother or father of the adult or minor for whom a delayed registration of birth is sought, the results shall constitute a rebuttable presumption that the person is, in fact, the mother or father of the adult or minor for whom a delayed registration of birth is sought. Any American citizen who becomes the parent of a child or children born outside the United States, and who was a resident of this state at the time of leaving the United States, may file, with the town clerk of the town in which the parents reside or resided, a certified copy of the record of birth of such child or children issued to the parents by an official authorized to issue such records of birth at the place of birth.
When such certified copy has been filed, copies of such record of birth may be issued by such town clerk in the manner prescribed by law. Report of foundling. Except for an infant voluntarily surrendered pursuant to the provisions of section 17a, if a child for whom a report of foundling has been registered is later identified and a certificate of birth is found or obtained, the certificate of birth shall be substituted and the report of foundling shall be sealed and filed in a confidential file, and such seal may be broken and the record inspected only upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
The certificate prescribed by this section shall include such additional information as the department requires.
Pennsylvania Bulletin and Code
If a certificate of birth has already been filed in the state birth registry pursuant to the requirements of section , the report of foundling shall substitute for the original certificate of birth which shall be sealed and filed in a confidential file at the Department of Public Health. The original certificate of birth shall not be released except upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction. Fetal death certificates. A fetus born after a period of gestation of not less than twenty weeks in which there is no attempt at respiration, no action of heart and no movement of voluntary muscle, shall be recorded as a fetal death.
A fetal death certificate shall be signed by a physician or, when no physician was in attendance, by the nurse-midwife in attendance at the birth, the Chief Medical Examiner, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, an associate medical examiner or an authorized assistant medical examiner. In reporting each birth and fetal death, physicians and others permitted to attend pregnancy cases and required to report births and fetal deaths shall state on the birth certificate or fetal death certificate, as the case may be, whether a blood test for syphilis has been made during such pregnancy upon a specimen of blood taken from the woman who bore the child for which a birth or fetal death certificate is filed and, if made, the date when such test was made, and, if not made, the reason why such test was not made.
In no event shall the birth certificate state the result of the test. Illegal issuance of certificates. No person other than a registrar of vital statistics or the commissioner shall issue or cause to be issued any certificate or document which is, or purports to be, an original or certified copy of a certificate of birth, death, fetal death or marriage. No person other than such registrar or the commissioner shall certify or purport to certify as a true copy any certificate of birth, death, fetal death or marriage.
No person other than a registrar of vital statistics or the commissioner shall issue or cause to be issued an uncertified copy of a certificate of birth, death, fetal death or marriage, in accordance with the provisions of subsection a of section a.
Any person who violates this section shall be fined not more than one hundred fifty dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both. The death certificate shall be registered if properly filed. If the place of death is unknown but the body is found in this state, the death certificate shall be completed and filed in accordance with this section, provided the place where the body is found shall be shown as the place of death.
Said certificate shall be filed by a licensed embalmer or such embalmer's designee or a funeral director or such director's designee, in accordance with the provisions of this section, except when inquiry is required by the Chief Medical Examiner's Office, in which case the death certificate shall be filed in accordance with section 19a The Social Security number of the deceased person shall be recorded on such certificate. Such licensed funeral director or licensed embalmer shall obtain the personal data from the next of kin or the best qualified person or source available and shall obtain a medical certification from the person responsible therefor, in accordance with the provisions of this section.
Only a licensed embalmer may assume charge of the burial of a deceased person who had a communicable disease, as designated in the Public Health Code, at the time of death and such licensed embalmer shall file an affidavit, on a form provided by the department, signed and sworn to by such licensed embalmer stating that the body has been disinfected in accordance with the Public Health Code.
In the absence of such physician or advanced practice registered nurse, or with the physician's or advanced practice registered nurse's approval, the medical certification may be completed and signed by an associate physician, an advanced practice registered nurse, a physician assistant as provided in subsection d of section d, a registered nurse as provided in section a, the chief medical officer of the institution in which death occurred, or by the pathologist who performed an autopsy upon the decedent.
No physician, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, registered nurse, nurse-midwife, chief medical officer or pathologist shall sign and return the medical certification unless such physician, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, registered nurse, nurse-midwife, chief medical officer or pathologist has personally viewed and examined the body of the person to whom the medical certification relates and is satisfied that at the time of the examination such person was in fact dead, except in the event a medical certification is completed by a physician, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, registered nurse, nurse-midwife, chief medical officer or pathologist other than the one who made the determination and pronouncement of death, an additional viewing and examination of the body shall not be required.
If a physician, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, registered nurse, nurse-midwife, chief medical officer or pathologist refuses or otherwise fails to complete, sign and return the medical portion of the death certificate to the licensed funeral director or licensed embalmer within twenty-four hours after death, such licensed funeral director or embalmer may notify the Commissioner of Public Health of such refusal.
Staff of the State Archives does not search microfilmed county records. For a complete list of county Record Group 47 and municipal Record Group 48 vital records found on microfilm at the Archives, consult the Archives website.
PA State Archives - RG - Series Titles - Microfilm: County Governments
These returns are available for 49 of the 64 counties existing at that time; however, they are not complete for each county. Digital images of the records along with a search capability are available at Ancestry. Since September 30, , marriage licenses have been issued by the Clerk of Orphans Court at each county courthouse.
While the State Archives holds microfilm copies of these marriage records for some counties for use by on-site researchers, mail inquiries should be directed to the courthouse of the county in which the marriage took place.
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For a complete list of county marriage records found on microfilm at the Archives, consult the county records microfilm Record Group 47 listing on the Archives website. The State Archives also holds the following marriage-related records:.