Clerk of Orphans’ Court

Clerk of Orphans’ Court


Per the 4/7/2021 order of the York County President Judge extending the judicial emergency through 9/30/2021 in all York County Judicial facilities, in-person access and proceedings are limited in order to safeguard the health and safety of personnel, court users, and members of the public, and permit methods to accomplish business through electronic filing or the use of advanced communication technology.

Walk-ins are NOT permitted in the Office of York County Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans' Court.  We are scheduling appointments for virtual Will Probates & Estate Administration and Marriage License applications using video conferencing.  Click here for the attached process for Marriage Licenses.

The ONLY permitted in-person filings are Emergency Petitions for Incapacitated Persons, Guardianships, and Termination of Parental Rights, which will be granted by the Clerk or Chief Deputy by appointment only.  Masks and social distancing are required.

We ask all attorneys and citizens to contact our offices to conduct business by phone, email, mail and Judicial Center dropbox.  Questions, please call:

Marriage Licenses & Orphans' Court – (717) 771-9288

Emergency Petitions - (717) 771-9258

Wills & Estates – (717) 771-9607

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


Bryan K. Tate - Clerk of Orphans' Court

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

Becky K. Foust - Chief Deputy Clerk

MacGregor J. Brillhart, Esq. - Solicitor


York County Judicial Center
Second Floor
45 North George Street
York, PA 17401

Phone: (717) 771-9288

Fax: (717) 771-4678


Read the 2020 annual report by clicking here.

Commonwealth of PA Auditor General Audit Report for the office of Clerk of Orphans' Court - January 1, 2016-December 31, 2019

Financial Statement Audit For the Year Ended December 31, 2020

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.

The office of Clerk of Orphans’ Court is open for the transaction of business (i.e. marriage applications/licenses, filings) weekdays from 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)