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Pennsylvania is implementing an Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) to report death events in Pennsylvania. EDRS is a web-based application that simplifies the data collection process and enhances communication between funeral directors, local registrars, coroners/medical examiners and certifying health care providers as they work together to register deaths online.

The Bureau of Health Statistics and Registries (BHSR) is implementing EDRS with a phased approach. Phase 1 focused on bringing onboard all funeral directors, local registrars and coroners/medical examiners. Phase 1 officially concluded in the summer of 2017. Phase 2 will occur at a future date and will focus on onboarding medical certifiers.

On the EDRS website you can find training opportunites as well as forms and other information that may be helpful.

EDRS Hotline - 800-323-9613

EDRS Contact Information Sheet (PDF)

Funeral Home Resources for the EDRS

Funeral Home Frequently Asked Questions, 1/3/2018 (PDF)

Funeral Home User Guide, Rev., 12/18/2017 (PDF)

Letter from BHSR regarding using the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Online Verification of Social Security Number (OVS), 3/30/2017 (PDF)

SSA Announcement regarding EDRS and Statement of Death by the Funeral Director (SSA-721) Form, 10/2015 (PDF)

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