Clerk of Courts
Clerk of Orphans Court

Voice: 570-389-5614

Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30PM

35 West Main Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815



PROTHONOTARY - First Notary of the Court and keeper of the records.

This office is responsible for accurate and timely creation, maintenance and certification of records in matters pending before or determined by the court of common pleas. In each county of this Commonwealth, there shall be one Prothonotary for the Court who shall administer oaths and affirmations; affix and attest the seal of the court for certifications and exemplifications of all documents and records pertaining to the office and business of the court of which it is the Prothonotary. This office also enters all civil judgments, confession of judgments and satisfactions. The Prothonotary has no judicial powers nor does he/she have the power to act as an attorney for others by virtue of their office.

The following civil actions are filed in the Prothonotary office:

  • Abuse Petitions
  • Appeals from Lower Courts
  • Building Agreements/Waivers
  • Civil Complaints in Law
  • Custody/Visitation Matters
  • Divorce Complaints
  • Equity Actions
  • Judgments/UCC Financing Statements
  • Lien Stipulations
  • Mechanic/Municipal Liens
  • Mortgage Foreclosures
  • Quiet Title Actions

Records begin with the year 1814 with some earlier books containing miscellaneous information such as: Naturalization/Immigration records. There are also some Registries on Civil War Deserters from the 11th Regiment of PA State Volunteers; Dog and Stallion Registries; Veterinary, Optometry and Dental Registries.

Marriage license applications are processed through the Clerk of the Orphans Court. Marriage licenses that have been applied for in Columbia County, Pennsylvania from 1885 to the present are available in this office. The date of marriage and the names at the time of application are required when requesting copies. Contact the office for information on applying for or obtaining certified copies of a marriage license.

Birth and Death records filed in Columbia County cover the years 1893 until 1905. Before 1893, there were no records of that nature filed at the county level. If requesting genealogy information, an exact date and name must be supplied to the Prothonotary's Office before a search can be performed. All inquires are directed to the Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society who will provide such a service for a fee. The address to contact them directly is:

Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society
c/o Bloomsburg Public Library
225 Market Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

NO SEARCHES OF THE INDICES INCLUDING JUDGMENTS AND LIENS WILL BE DONE BY THIS OFFICE. The only searches performed by the Prothonotary's Office are those that are required by law such as name changes or UCC-11's.

Passport and Birth Certificate Information

Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts' (AOPC) eCommerce Website

This site allows the public to securely pay fines, costs, and restitution to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Common Pleas and Magisterial District courts.

Prothonotary, Orphan's Court and Criminal Court Fee Bill

Effective August 6, 2019


Pro-Se Custody Packet


Petition for Contempt for Failure to Comply with Custody Order


Petition to Modify a Custody Order


Notice to Resume Prior Surname Form