Prothonotary's Office Online Civil Docket Access

Category: Elk County News
Published: Wednesday, 23 September 2020





Searching Elk County Deeds

Category: Elk County News
Published: Tuesday, 04 August 2020
DID YOU KNOW  ---  You can search most all of Elk County's deeds online?

Of course, you are welcome to search in our office using our public terminals, but you can also search from the comfort of your home or office.  Currently deeds from 1864 to the present are searchable online.  The deeds prior to 1864 will need to be searched in our office at this time.

You can access the deeds at; then click on Register & Recorder Online Deed Search.   If you log in as a guest, some information will be blacked out (redacted).  If you setup an online account with a credit card, you will be able to save a copy or print the document and it will not be redacted.  Prices are the same as in our office, 50 cents per page.  If you have any questions regarding the online deed search, you can call our vendor at 888-608-1808 for assistance.

Are you getting married?

Category: Elk County News
Published: Wednesday, 22 July 2020
Are you planning to get married?  Firstly, CONGRATULATIONS.  Here are just a few important reminders for obtaining your marriage license:

1.  There is a 3 day waiting period from the time you apply for your marriage license until the license can be issued/used.
2.  Once the license is issued, it is valid for 60 days and then it expires.
3.  You can apply for your marriage license in any Pennsylvania County; it is valid state-wide.
4.  Your Pennsylvania marriage license cannot be used in another state.
5.  If you've been divorced, you will need a copy of your divorce decree in order to obtain a marriage license.
6.  The fee in Elk County for a marriage license is $40 payable by cash or check.

You can click HERE for more information including a downloadable marriage license application.

Elk County Act 13 Program

Category: Elk County News
Published: Wednesday, 12 August 2020
The Elk County Commissioners have established a REIMBURSABLE grant program through the Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee for project activities within Elk County.  Applicants that are eligible include municipal governing bodies, 501© non-profit organizations and municipal authorities.  This grant is an open application which is due by  February 28th and August 31st each year.  In the event that the deadline falls on a weekend, the previous Friday will be the due date.  Grant requests must be a minimum of $1,000 up to the maximum amount of $10,000. Grant award recipients will receive notification by letter that will include a cooperation agreement with the Count of Elk confirming their understanding of the Elk County Act 13 Program Guidelines.  In order to be reimbursed, all grant recipients will be expected to submit a grant close-out report that will include copies of invoices that were used in accordance with the grant requirements, copies of cancelled checks used to pay invoices and photographs where applicable in order to receive their grant reimbursement.  Grant applications are available online at or you may contact the Planning Dept. for further information at 814-776-5335.Click here for the Elk County Act 13 Grant Application

Getting your Pennsylvania REAL-ID? We can help

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

Beginning October 1, 2021, 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:  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 -  - where you can discover how to order your certificate online, by telephone, or in person.


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