February 11, 2020 is PA 211 Day!

Category: Elk County News
Published: Monday, 10 February 2020

Getting your Pennsylvania REAL-ID? We can help

Category: Elk County News
Published: Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Beginning October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL-ID compliant driver’s license, photo ID card, or another form of federally-acceptable identification (such as a valid passport or military ID) to board a domestic commercial flight or enter a federal building or military installation that requires ID.

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about obtaining your Pennsylvania Real ID can be found at the following website:  https://www.dmv.pa.gov/REALID/Pages/default.aspx.  Once there, scroll down to Prepare For Real ID and then Gather Your Documents

At the Elk County Courthouse, we can help you with the “Proof of all legal name changes” documents.

The Elk County Recorder of Deeds, Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court office can assist you if your name changed as a result of marriage. 

If your marriage license was applied for in Elk County and the proof of marriage was returned to us following your ceremony, we can issue a certified copy of your marriage license that can be used in the Real-ID application process.  If you’ve been married multiple times, you will need copies of each marriage certificate.  Each duplicate marriage license certificate is $5.00.  You can call and request your certified copy ahead of time, and just stop in to pick it up.  You can reach us at (814) 776-5349.   If you would like the certified copy mailed to you, it is an additional $0.50 to cover postage so your total for each mailed certificate is $5.50.  You can make checks payable to the Elk County Clerk of the Orphans’ Court.  The Register & Recorders office accepts cash, checks, or money orders.

If your marriage license was applied for in another County in Pennsylvania, that County will have the proof of your marriage and you’ll need to work directly with them to obtain a certified copy of your marriage certificate(s).

If you changed your name as a result of a divorce (e.g., returned to your maiden name), the Elk County Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts office can assist you if you require a certified copy of a divorce decree.  You can call in advance to confirm that your decree is filed in Elk County (814) 776-5344.  Certified copies of divorce decrees are $10.00.  The Prothonotary’s office accepts cash, checks, or money orders.

If you are in need of an official duplicate birth certificate, please view the following Pennsylvania's Division of Vital Records website - https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/certificates/Pages/Ordering.aspx  - where you can discover how to order your certificate online, by telephone, or in person.

Census 2020 - Still Hiring Census Takers

Category: Elk County News
Published: Monday, 13 January 2020
Did you know?   The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the county to assist with the 2020 Census count.  In Elk County, the hourly pay rate was just increased to $17.00 per hour.  PLUS, there is paid training and reimbursement for your mileage.  You can get more details and apply online at https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html or you can apply in person at your local Careerlink.

Keystone Scholars - UPDATE

Category: Elk County News
Published: Tuesday, 17 December 2019
Elk County was part of the Keystone Scholars pilot program where the State's Treasury Department deposits $100 in a 529 Savings Account for every newborn.  State Treasurer Torsella recently provided some exciting updates on the program; and Elk County did extremely well in the pilot program.  The Keystone Scholars program now covers the entire Commonwealth.  Here is a link to Torsella's press release:


Potential Dog License Scam

Category: Elk County News
Published: Friday, 22 November 2019


November 21, 2019


Dog Law Enforcement Office Warns Pennsylvania Dog Owners of Fraudulent Dog License Website

Exercise Caution Online, Contact Your County Treasurer’s Office when in Doubt


Harrisburg, PA – Today the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement warned Pennsylvania dog owners looking to purchase new or renewal licenses of a fraudulent website selling dog licenses online.


“The Department of Agriculture works with Pennsylvania’s county treasurers for the sale of dog licenses,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “The best way to ensure that you’re completing an official transaction is to start on licenseyourdogpa.pa.gov.”


Most recently, the department has identified www.padoglicense.online as selling fake PA dog licenses and even paying search engines to appear at the top of search results pages for common terms, like “Pennsylvania dog license” or “renew PA dog license”.


Here are some tips to help customers ensure that they are on an official website:

  • Rather than using a search engine to reach a website to purchase a dog license, type licenseyourdogpa.pa.gov directly into your browser’s address bar;
  • When in doubt, call your county treasurers office. Each county treasurer has a different process; while most offer an online option for purchase of licenses, some do not and require a paper form to be dropped off or mailed.


If you have a concern about a third-party website, contact the PA Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555.


For more information of Pennsylvania’s dog laws, visit agriculture.pa.gov or licenseyourdogpa.pa.gov.



MEDIA CONTACT:  Shannon Powers – 717.783.2628


Elk County Courthouse
250 Main Street
P.O. Box 448
Ridgway, PA 15853

Elk County Courthouse Annex
300 Center Street
P.O. Box 448
Ridgway, PA 15853