This office handles all court-related administration in the areas of marriage licenses, probate and estates, adoptions and guardianships. We, also, serve as the collection agent for the PA Inheritance Tax owed by decedents that lived in Clearfield County. The Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court is a dual office responsible for court related and non-court related activities.
The Clearfield County Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court is pleased to offer computer access to its official records database. Two different products are available. Pick whichever one suits your needs. The Landex Remote software is a very comprehensive search tool for the frequent searcher. Search criteria is identical to the software in the Courthouse. To subscribe, please visit the Landex Remote website at www.landex.com/remote. The Landex Webstore software is a basic search tool for the infrequent searcher. Searhes may be performed across multiple counties at the same time. Searches may be limited or expanded based on county, instrument type, and municipality. Basic information will be retrieved. Images may only be viewed after credit card payment is received. Searches performed via a website. Please visit www.landex.com/webstore . Please call the OSS information line at 717-274-5890.
Office Hours Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Contact by phone 814-765-2641 Ext: 5012
Mailing Address (overnight):
Register of Wills-Clerk of Orphans’ Court
1 North Second Street
Clearfield, PA 16830
Mailing Address (regular)
Register of Wills-Clerk of Orphans’ Court
P. O. Box 361
Clearfield, PA 16830
REGISTER OF WILLS-CLERK OF ORPHANS’ COURT
Marriage licenses are on file from 1885 to the present; complete marriage license index is computerized.
Estates are on file from 1832 to the present.
Estates are indexed on the computer from 1990 to the present. Estates are scanned on the computer from 12-1-98 to the present.
Birth and death records are here from 1893 through 1905. Certified copies are $5.00 each.
PA Department of Health
Division of Vital Statistics
P. O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103
Department of Health: website – www.health.pa.gov/MyRecords/certificates/ Phone: 1-(866)-712-8238
Birth records are $20.00 and death records are $9.00 for each certified copy from the State
Adoptions are on file from August 1925 to present. Prior to that, they were filed in the Prothonotary’s office. All adoptions are closed to the general public. After completion, only the Judge can open a file.
MARRIAGE LICENSE PROCEDURE
In order to apply for a Marriage License in Pennsylvania, you must appear in person, either together or separately, in the Clerk of Orphans’ Court Office in any County seat. The cost for a license in Clearfield County is $50.00 (cash only). There is a three (3) day waiting period from the time you apply to the time you can be married. The license is good for 60 days.
Either applicant belonging to the military is exempt from the waiting period.
If either applicant has been divorced, an original or certified copy of the divorce decree is needed before the Marriage License can be issued.
A death certificate is needed if a previous spouse has died.
If either applicant is under eighteen (18) years of age, a Parental Consent Form must be signed by the custodial parent/parents and notarized. These forms are available upon request. If either applicant is under sixteen (16) years of age, along with the Parental Consent Form, the couple must make an appointment with a Clearfield County Judge to get his approval before the Marriage License can be issued.
If you have any questions, please contact this office by calling 814-765-2641 Ext. 2127 or 2128.
CLEARFIELD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS & CLERK OF ORPHANS’ COURT
SCHEDULE OF FEES
County Fees effective May, 2015
State Fees effective November 30, 2017
LETTERS TESTAMENTARY, LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION, LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION D.B.N., LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION C.T.A., LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION D.B.N.C.T.A. – PLUS $40.25 – JCP
|OVER||NOT MORE THAN||CHARGE|
|New Orphan’s Court Rules (Effective Sept. 1, 2016)|
|Forms available for public access found on the Official website of the Administrative Office of the PA Courts
|ADOPTIONS (includes J.C.P.-$40.25||$70.25|
|AFFIDAVIT OF DEATH||$10.00|
|AFFIDAVIT OF HEIRSHIP||$10.00|
|AFFIDAVIT OF FOREIGN FIDUCIARY||$10.00|
|AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE||N/C|
|APPEAL TO APPELLANT COURT
(PLUS $85.50 STATE FEE)
|BIRTH CERTIFICATE (1893 THRU 1905)||$5.00|
|BIRTH CERTIFICATE (DELAYED OR CORRECTED)||N/C|
|CERTIFICATE OF PAYMENT OF INHERITANCE TAX||$20.00|
|CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE||N/C|
|CERTIFICATION OF NOTICE||N/C|
|CONCLUSION OF LAW||$30.00|
|DEATH CERTIFICATE (1893 THRU 1905)||$5.00|
|DEATH CERTIFICATE (FILING)||$10.00|
|ELECTION AGAINST WILL||$30.00|
|ENTERING AN APPEARANCE||$10.00|
|EXEMPLIFICATION (FILING OR ISSUING)||$45.00|
|FAMILY SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT||$35.00|
|FAMILY EXEMPTION CLAIM||$20.00|
|FINDINGS OF FACT||$30.00|
|INHERITANCE TAX RETURN – INSOLVENT||$15.00|
|INHERITANCE TAX RETURN||$20.00|
|INHERITANCE TAX RETURN – SUPPLEMENTAL||$15.00|
|NOTICE OF APPEAL||$10.00|
|PETITION & ORDER (NO J.C.P. FEE)||$30.00|
|PETITION & ORDER APPT. GUARDIAN/INCOMPETENT/MINOR(INCLUDES J.C.P.-$40.25 + $30.00)||$70.25|
|PETITION & ORDER FOR DISCHARGE||$20.00|
|PETITION & ORDER SETTLEMENT OF SMALL ESTATE
(INCLUDES J.C.P.-$40.25 + $30.00)
|PETITION TO WITHDRAWAL AS COUNSEL||$30.00|
|RELEASE OF LIEN OF INHERITANCE TAX||$20.00|
|REPLY TO EXCEPTIONS||$20.00|
|RECEIPT & RELEASE||$10.00|
|RENUNCIATION OF INTEREST||$20.00|
|SHORT CERTIFICATE (2 GIVEN AT NO CHARGE AT PROBATE)||$ 4.00|
|SUBPOENA (BLANK FORM)||$1.00|
|WILL FOR RECORD||$30.00|
|(NO J.C.P. – NEED DEATH CERTIFICATE & PROOF OF WILL)||$30.00|
|WITHDRAW EXCEPTIONS OR OBJECTIONS||$20.00|
J.C.P. – Judicial Computer Project Fee is a $40.25 charge imposed by the State for all Petitions for Grant of Letters, Petitions for Adoptions/Terminations, Petitions for Appointment of Guardians/Incompetencies/Minors and Inter Vivos Trusts.
Fees for similar services not herein specifically scheduled, shall be charged on the same basis as those scheduled.
*All documents filed over 10 pages will be charged $2.00 per page thereafter.