Hanna amendment would make obtaining death certificates easier

HARRISBURG, June 19 – Local registrars would gain the ability to issue death certificate copies after 90 days, eliminating the time-consuming process of obtaining them from the state, under an amendment inserted into a bill by state Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton-Centre.

Hanna’s amendment to H.B. 84, which the House overwhelmingly approved Monday, would get rid of the cutoff date that forces families to go through the Pennsylvania Department of Health to obtain copies of death certificates.

“For too long, grieving families and executors have to deal with a bureaucratic mess to get additional copies of death certificates after 90 days,” Hanna said. “I was proud that my amendment was adopted unanimously and we are on a path to common-sense changes in Harrisburg.”

Currently, local registrars can issue death certificate copies within 90 days, a convenience for many that would be extended beyond 90 days under the Hanna amendment. Many have complained about the necessity of – and frustration with – getting additional copies from Harrisburg, Hanna said.

“I am pleased that we are on the verge of making it more convenient and faster for everyone to obtain copies of death certificates, reducing what can become a major headache for families during a very trying time,” Hanna said.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.