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Philadelphia Public Records
Philadelphia County boasts a long history that began in 1682, which means that a multitude of historic records are available to the public. Philadelphia County birth records and death records are restricted to authorized individuals and may be requested from the Pennsylvania Department of Health for a fee. Philadelphia County public records also include access to court records, including divorce records, through the Philadelphia Courts.
Although criminal court records are available, anyone may perform a statewide criminal records search through the Pennsylvania State Police. The Register of Wills is the place for Philadelphia County marriage records, which are available to anyone. Historic court records, cemetery, vital records and obituaries for Philadelphia County are available through the City Archives.
About Philadelphia County Public Records
Pennsylvania is mostly an open records state, since a wide variety of records are available for public viewing. However, Philadelphia County birth and death records are restricted unless viewed at the City Archives (which only has historic vital records). Pennsylvania public records that are not restricted include criminal convictions, court records not sealed by a judge, marriage records and various types of historic records. This makes accessing Philadelphia public records much easier.
Online Public Records for Philadelphia County
The Philadelphia Courts provides free online access to a multitude of court records, including civil and criminal cases. This is a convenient way to search someone’s local criminal history in the court system for free. Marriage records can also be searched online through the Register of Wills, although copies of these online public records for Philadelphia County must be ordered. There is no fee to search for marriage records, but there is a fee to order a copy.
Access to Philadelphia County Gov Public Records
The City Archives is an important part of the records landscape for Philadelphia County, with its collections of Philadelphia County birth records and marriage records from 1860 and cemetery records from 1803. Philadelphia Gov public records also include access to historic court records. The City Archives is open to the public and its records may be searched for free, although making copies requires a small fee.