Clerk of Orphans’ Court

Clerk of Orphans’ Court


Per order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, all PA Courts and Court-related offices are CLOSED to the public as of close of business on 3/19/2020.

Beginning 3/30/2020, York County Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court will be scheduling appointments for virtual Will Probates and Marriage License applications using video conferencing. Click here for the attached process for Marriage Licenses.

Questions, please call:

Marriage Licenses – (717) 771-9288

Wills & Estates – (717) 771-9607

In the case of the Orphans’ Court, only persons filing Emergency Petitions for Guardianship will be admitted to the office. We ask all attorneys and citizens to conduct business by phone, email and mail. Please call (717) 771-9258.

Thank you for your cooperation during the COVID-19 National Emergency.

Bryan K. Tate, York County Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court




Bryan K. Tate - Clerk of Orphans' Court

Bryan Tate
Bryan K. Tate
York Co. Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans' Court (2020 to present)



York County Judicial Center
Second Floor
45 North George Street
York, PA 17401Phone: (717) 771-9288 Fax: (717) 771-4678 

Becky K. Foust - Chief Deputy


MacGregor J. Brillhart, Esq. - Solicitor

Read the 2019 annual report by clicking here.

Commonwealth of PA Auditor General Audit Report for the office of Clerk of Orphans' Court - January 1, 2013-December 31, 2015

Financial Statement Audit For the Year Ended December 31, 2018

The Clerk of Orphans’ Court is an elected official who serves as Clerk of Orphans’ Court and Register of Wills.

The responsibilities of the Clerk of the Orphans' Court include the maintaining of dockets and files for petitions for incapacitated persons, appointment of guardians, adoptions (which records are confidential) and any other issues which may come before the Orphans' Court Division.  The Clerk of the Orphans' Court is also responsible for assisting the Judge of the Orphans' Court during Court proceedings as well as preparing and maintaining documents pertaining to those proceedings.  The Clerk's office is also responsible for taking applications for, and issuing, marriage licenses. 

Birth and death records from 1893 through 1906 are maintained by the Clerk of the Orphans' Court in the County Archives Department.  Birth and death records of individuals born after 1906 are kept on file with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Vital Records, 101 South Mercer Street, P.O. Box 1528, New Castle, Pennsylvania 16101.

The Clerk of Orphans’ Court is located on the second floor of the York County Judicial Center, 45 N. George Street York, PA 17401 and may be reached at 717-771-9288. Office hours are 8:00A.M to 4:30PM.

The office of Clerk of Orphans’ Court will be open for transaction of business (i.e. marriage applications/licenses, filings) pertaining to said office from the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Attention: No cell phones, pagers, weapons or cameras are permitted in the York County Judicial Center. Please click here for a full list of prohibited items.

Bradley C. Jacobs
York Co. Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans' Court (2000 to present)
Legislative Comm. Chair PA State Assoc. of Elected Co. Officials (PSAECO)
Past President Registers of Wills/Clerk of Orphans' Court
      Association of PA ( 2004-2005)