Clerk of Orphans’ Court

Clerk of Orphans’ Court


Guardian Tracking System Workshop: Winter 2020



Beginning on January 6, 2018 a new public access policy will be put in place by the Administrative Office of PA Courts. You may access the policy at this site.

Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of the Appellate and Trial Courts

Before submitting a filing, it is important to watch the video series and read the public access policy and related filing and educational information available at The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania.

The new video series highlights:

  • How to file confidential documents
  • How to protect certain pieces of confidential information
  • How to access court records.

Forms related to the policy are available here.

  1. Confidential Information Form
  2. Confidential Document Form
  3. Clerical Error Correction Form
  4. Written Request for Access to Case Records
  5. Certificate of Compliance

Please note that per Local Rule 510,  the York County Court of Common Pleas will require the use of the Confidential Information and Document Forms.  The Court will not accept two versions of a document with one redacted and one unredacted.

York County Local Rule 510.


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


John C. Herrold, Esq. - Solicitor

Read the 2018 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)