Department of Records - City of Philadelphia
RECORDS

Welcome to the Department of Records


The Home Rule Charter of 1951 established the Department of Records to ensure that Philadelphia's municipal records were appropriately controlled and managed. The Department sets records management standards and procedures for all City departments, boards, commissions, and agencies, and manages key records operations and services such as the City Archives, the Records Storage Center, the Recorder of Deeds, and central reprographic services.  

 

The Department also manages public access to municipal records and establishes and collects fees to cover the cost of providing copies of records. As an agent for the Commonwealth and the City Revenue Department, the Records Department also collects realty transfer taxes and document recording fees and, as the official City tax registry, maintains the city's real property database and tax maps. 

 

James P. Leonard, Esq., Commissioner



Attention:

Effective January 1, 2017 the City’s RTT will increase from 3% to 3.1%. The State RTT will remain the same.

 

 

Click here for new Fee schedule (English).

Click here for letter from City Law Department explaining application of the new rate.

 

 

Our Phone Numbers at a Glance

 

General Inquiries 215-686-2261
Deed Recording 215-686-2290
Public Safety Incident Reports 215-686-1488
City Archives 215-685-9401
   

How do I obtain a birth or death certificate?

From 1906 to the present - Birth and death certificates from 1906 to the present are available at the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Vital Records.

For another potential resource for birth and death certificates for the following time periods, please visit the PA State Archives.

Birth Certificates, 1906-1911
Death Certificates, 1906-1966  

From July 1, 1860 through June 30, 1915

The Philadelphia City Archives has birth and death certificates from July 1, 1860 through June 30, 1915. Contact or visit the City Archives for more information.