What You Can Do:
The Division of Vital Records of Pennsylvania Department of Health maintains Birth and Death Records of the State since 1906 up to the present. These documents are not open to the public and, thus, cannot be released under the provisions of Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know-Law. Meanwhile, Marriage and divorce certificates filed in Pennsylvania are available at the Courthouse in the County where the marriage license was issued or divorce decree was granted. Only certain people can request the mentioned files namely: the subject named on the certificate (excluding death); a Legal representative or an immediate family member. Three ways to obtain a certified copy of a birth and death certificate are through online order, mail requests and walk-in at the respective public offices. A $10 and $9 fee for each certified copy of Birth and Death correspondingly is mandatory which should be paid through check or money order to Vital Records. Fees may vary for Marriage and Divorce Records.
For Criminal Records, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) maintains the criminal history database of the State Central Repository. Two ways to obtain a criminal file: online request and mail request. The PSP established a web-based computer application called “Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History,” (PATCH) for requesting individuals can applying for a criminal background check on another individual. For mail requests, a Criminal History Request Form – SP4-164 must be accomplished and submitted with a $10 money order or certified check payable to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.