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Description of Service
For 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.
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.
Birth certificates only issued to subject or immediate family member. Death certificates issued only if directly related to decendent or legal representative of decendent and must be mailed from central office in New Castle, PA.
Fees or Charges
Types of Fees
Birth Certificate $20; Death Certificate $9, no cash or credit cards accepted.
Hours of Operation
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding State holidays.