Philadelphia County, PA Public Records
P: 215-686-7000, 215-686-6653
Restricted Records: No mental health, divorce, abuse, adoption records released
Has separate search unit (215-686-6656/8859), record unit (215-686-6661), and cert unit (215-686-4253). Get case number from web or search unit (Rm 262), then get case files from record unit (Record Rm 264), then certify at Rm 296.
P: 215-683-7700, 215-683-7006
The Criminal Section has jurisdiction over all felony cases and appeals from Municipal Court for a trial de novo (new trial) including a right to a trial by jury.
P: 215-686-7950, 215-686-7989
The Municipal Court Civil Division is the jurisdiction for civil cases where the amount in controversy is $12,000 or less for Small Claims; unlimited dollar amount for Landlord and Tenant Cases and $15,000 in real estate and school tax cases.
P: 215-683-7700, 215-683-7290
MC has initial jurisdiction in misdemeanor trials and preliminary hearings for all felony cases. Therefore, some cases, such as those involving felony offenses, will initially be filed in MC but will be adjudicated in the Common Pleas.
Search marriage records free back to 1885 at http://secureprod.phila.gov/wills/marriagesearch.aspx. For marriage records call 215-686-2234.
The Family Division consists of two major branches: the Juvenile Court and Domestic Relations.
Direct all inquiries concerning parking violations to the Parking Authority at (215) 683-9600.
Felony case preliminary hearings are conducted here.
Philadelphia County, PA Vital Records
Contact the Philadelphia County Recorder of Deeds Office of the County Recorder of Deeds if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.
County Recorder of Deeds
1400 JFK Blvd
City Hall, Rm 111
Philadelphia, PA 19107 https://www.phila.gov/Records/index.h
Philadelphia County Vital Certificates
If you would like to obtain a hard copy of a birth, death, marriage, divorce, or other vital record, you can do so by searching for and requesting a vital certificate. Vital certificates are hard copy documents, the same as those used by the United States government.
Get a vital certificate.
Philadelphia County Information
As one of the United States' three original counties, Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania is one of the most historic areas in the country. Formed in 1682, the County is the place where America was born. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were both drafted and signed here, and the City of Philadelphia even served as the nation's capital for a time. In an area with such a rich history, one can only imagine the notable sites and museums that can be found. Even people who aren't history buffs will enjoy visiting the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Franklin Institute. You'll also find the homes of Edgar Allen Poe, the famed poet, and Betsy Ross, creator of the first American Flag.
There's more to Philadelphia County than historical sites and museums, however. With the City of Philadelphia as the county seat, the area is also heavily urbanized, which means you'll find a wide range of shopping and dining options, as well as nightclubs and other entertainment venues. The city is known for its "work hard, play hard" attitude, and Philadelphians take this seriously. Head to South Philly and you'll see blue collar laborers earning their paychecks in the public market. But it's not all work here; Philly knows how to cut loose as well. In addition to an exciting nightlife, there are also numerous public parks and golf courses where you can unwind. Philadelphia County is a great place to visit or to call home; in fact, many famous people have come from this area, including Kevin Bacon, Chubby Checker, Eve, and Bob Saget.
Philadelphia County Population Records
- Females: 53.2%
- White: 48.6%
- Black/African American: 43.7%
- Asian: 5.7%
- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
- Hispanic or Latino Origin: 11.7%
- White, Not Hispanic: 39.7%
Philadelphia County Records
- Total: $49,115,992
- Construction: $1,029,353
- Retail Trade: $1,553,431
- Professional and Technical Services: $7,675,999
- Healthcare: $7,637,531
- Banking: $4,551,574
- Retail Trade: $1,553,431
- Accommodations and Food Services: $1,317,297
- Manufacturing: $2,075,036
- Farms: $-152
- Government: $8,175,571
Philadelphia County Birth, Death Records
- Per 1,000 population: 15.4
- Per 1,000 population: 10
- Per 1,000 population: 12.3
Philadelphia County Criminal Records
- Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 331
- Forcible rape: 1,038
- Robbery: 9,618
- Aggravated Assault: 9,796
- Burglary: 12,845
- Larceny-Theft: 40,686
- Motor Vehicle Theft: 9,056