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County offices are generally open from 8 am until 4:30 pm each weekday, excluding holidays. Please note: Hours of operation for certain programs and services can vary, so please visit the applicable department's website to verify their hours.
Visitors to County-owned buildings may be subjected to security screening. Please note: The following items are prohibited in the York County Judicial Center:
For a full list of department locations and contact information, please visit our contact directory.
York County is a great place to work. Please visit the Job Seekers section on the Human Resources pages for a list of open positions and information about how to apply.
Please visit our Purchasing Department’s pages for open bids and a bidder’s list application.
The 3-member Board of Commissioners is the chief legislative and policy-making board of York County Government. Some functions include:
The Commissioners meet each Wednesday at 10 am. The meetings take place in the Commissioners' meeting room, which is located on the 2nd floor of the York County Administrative Center, 28 E Market Street in York City. Public comment is invited at these meetings.
The York County Archives has birth and death records from 1852 to 1855 and 1893 to 1906. For records after 1906, please contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Prior to 1906, Pennsylvania only kept birth and death records for the years we list. Government birth and death records never existed for any other time periods. Church records or family files found at The York County Heritage Trust are the best alternatives.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation handles driver’s licenses, vehicle registration and similar requests. Please visit their site.
The York County Prothonotary’s Office accepts passport applications.
The York County Sheriff’s Office handles licenses to carry firearms.
The York County Treasurer’s Office handles these requests.
This office is a state entity that is operated in each county in Pennsylvania. See a listing of all of the County Assistance Offices in the state, with contact information. For York County's Assistance Office, call 717-771-1100, or 800-991-0929. The Assistance Office provides help with: financial, housing, employment, food stamps, energy, etc.
There are several community agencies that assist with heating and energy concerns. The largest program is the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is currently implemented through the York County Assistance Office. You can contact that office at 717-771-1100, or 800-991-0929. Review LIHEAP information and resources.
The state-operated York County Assistance Office runs the food stamp program. Their phone numbers are 717-771-1100, or 800-991-0929. The York County Food Bank also provides food assistance and can be phoned at 717-846-6435. York County also provides several food pantries, located across the county. To locate the pantry closest to your home, please contact FIRST at 717-755-1000 or 800-673-2529.
Please phone FIRST at 717-755-1000 or 800-673-2529.
An agricultural conservation easement is the landowner's right to prevent the development or the improvement of the land for any purpose other than agricultural production. When conservation easements are sold to the County or State Ag Land Preservation Board it gives the county the right to say "no" to development.
It would provide compensation to farmers for the development value of farmland they preserve in long-term agricultural use. By selling conservation easements the farmer would receive the development value of the property without having to sell the farm for development. Purchasing agricultural conservation easements provides a long-term, permanent, solution to farmland conversion.
State certified general real estate appraisers are retained by the county land preservation board to determine the market value and farmland value of the property. The difference between the market value and the farmland value is the conservation easement value. A farmer who disagrees with the appraiser has the right to retain another independent appraisal, at his expense. Differences between the two appraisals are recalculated according to a state formula worksheet which will allow the County Board to offer a second easement purchase offer, or the original offer. Note: A current cap of $3,000 per acre is now in effect in York County.
Today, agricultural conservation easements are sold in perpetuity, or, forever.
The purpose of the easement program is the long term preservation of productive farmland. Today easements are purchased for perpetuity and are not intended to ever be sold or changed. In rare instances, a perpetual easement may be repurchased after a minimum of 25 years with State and County Board approval, provided the land is no longer feasible to farm. However, it is most reasonable to expect that all farms will remain feasible to farm, although the farm operation may be very different.
The right to develop, or prevent development, is only one of the many rights in a property owner's "bundle of right's". Some of the right's in the bundle are the right to sell, lease, mortgage, leave to heirs, mineral rights, air, and surface right's, etc. After selling a conservation easement, the owner retains ownership of the farm and all other rights of ownership, however, the farm must continue to be used for commercial agricultural production. The landowner also is permitted to construct one additional residential structure for himself, an immediate family member, or an employee of the farm. With the adoption of Act 33 of 2019, landowners may subdivide off an existing house located on a preserved farm, or a house to be built.
Selling the conservation easement would not prevent the construction of buildings for agricultural purposes. Note all Township Ordinances regarding building and construction must be followed. Customary part-time and off-season rural enterprises may not be affected. In addition, coal, oil, and gas exploration, as well as, granting right-of-ways for utilities or transporting coal, oil, and gas would be unaffected by the easement sale. Granting a private right-of-way is strictly prohibited.
Only farmland duly enrolled within Agricultural Security Areas (ASA's), containing at least 500 acres, and meeting the minimum eligibility criteria as established by the York County Conservation Easement Program Guidelines, are eligible for preservation. See the Eligibility Criteria. Enrollment is voluntary and requires permission by all the owners of record of the farmland tract, as well as, your lender.
Priorities for purchasing agricultural conservation easements are determined by the County and State Boards, but programs must consider the following: quality of farmland, the likelihood of conversion within the next 20 years, proximity to preserved farmland tracts, stewardship of the land, and fair, equitable, objective and non-discriminatory procedures. See the Farmland Ranking System.
Yes. According to the amended Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law, a soil and water conservation plan, or, an AG Erosion and Sedimentation Plan is required on every tract of land involving the plowing or tillage of soil, as well as, any disturbance of soil. Today this requirement includes not only cropland, but pastureland and barnyard areas too. The York County Conservation Easement Program requires a Conservation Plan or the Ag E and S Plan for application to the program with at least 50% of the plan implemented. See our Conservation Information Packet for more specifics.
Current funds for PA's Farmland Preservation Program come from the county, state, and federal sources. State Growing Greener Bonds, Environmental Stewardship Fund, and a 2 cent tax on every pack of cigarettes sold in Pennsylvania are some of the state sources. These funds provide the State portion of the funding to every county participating in the farmland preservation program. York County funds agricultural land preservation with the passage of a December 2019 Resolution formalizing the York County Open Space and Land Preservation Committee and the dedicated 0.1 mill in the County Budget to preserve ag and open space. Additional county funds include interest on Clean and Green violation penalties collected. Federal funds are also allocated for farmland preservation since the passage of the 1996 Federal Farm Bill, through the Federal Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program (FRPP).
The County Board has the primary responsibility of ensuring that the easement restrictions are maintained. Inspections are required every other year on State and County funded easements. Inspections are conducted by County Ag Land Preserve Staff. Federally funded easements are visited annually and may include federal staff. Landowners will be notified by phone or regular mail prior to an inspection visit. The State has the option of conducting additional inspections of easements, if a violation is suspected. The county must complete an inspection report for each farm inspected, which is submitted to the landowner and the state, as well as a year-end report.
No. A new application process started in 2020 which requires a complete application every 2 years to be submitted. The next deadline for new applications is February 15, 2024. The County Board and staff will review completed applications every 24 months. Following the review of complete applications, qualifying applications, will be ranked with scores and ranking position posted in the Office and results mailed to each qualifying landowner. Results will be posted to the webpage as well. Note the County Board will appraise from the ranked list of farm applications for a 24 month period. February 15, 2024 Applications are available.
Yes. The easement money you receive will be viewed as income by the IRS and capital gains tax must declared for the year due. You are strongly encouraged to seek tax advice from your accountant or legal counsel to determine your tax liability.
If you have further questions about the York County Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, please email Eric Naylor, Director, at EMNaylor@YorkCountyPA.gov, or call 717-840-7400, or write:
York County Agricultural Land Preservation Board2401 Pleasant Valley RoadSuite 101 Room 145York PA 17402
The Conflict Office is located on the ground floor of the York County Administrative Center at 28 East Market Street, York, PA 17401. Directions can be obtained online with google maps.
Parking is not provided by the Conflict Office. There is parking in the East Market Street garage, which is across the Street from the Administrative Center. There is also metered parking throughout the downtown area.
No, the Conflict Office does not validate parking; visitors to the Conflict Office are responsible to pay their own parking.
No, the Conflict Office will not discuss case information with third parties - anyone other than the client - unless there is signed a release allowing your attorney to speak with specific, listed individuals.
Your attorney will return your phone call. Conflict Counsel are frequently out of the office and not able to immediately return phone calls. Please be patient while your attorney deals with the demands of all of their cases and clients. Your attorney should return your call within the week it was received. If you need immediate assistance, please call 717-771-9220; your attorney's Paralegal or another staff member will assist you.
You can find information about your case and attorney from Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System webportal. Select the appropriate court and enter your information. If you cannot find your case, contact the Conflict Office by calling 717-771-9220 and a staff member will assist you.
No, the Conflict Office does not handle those types of cases. You can contact Mid-Penn Legal Services by calling 717-848-3605 or the York County Bar Association at 717-854-8755 to find an attorney who does handle those cases.
If your child (under age 18) is charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense, and is not currently represented by the Conflict Office you must first contact Juvenile Probation or the Public Defender's Office. The Conflict Office and the Public Defender's Office do not represent children charged with truancy, or curfew violations, summary offenses or traffic offenses.
Pamela L. Gay was elected Coroner in November 2013 and took office on January 6, 2014. A registered nurse for 34 years and certified in Forensic Nursing, Pam’s focus is on reaching out to survivors of loss and educating the community regarding health trends in York County and the preventative measures that can be taken to reduce deaths due to substance abuse and suicide. Pam is also certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.
The York County Coroner’s Office (YCCO) investigates the facts and circumstances of deaths that occur within the county. The purpose of the investigation is to determine the cause of any such death and to determine whether or not there is sufficient reason to believe that any such death may have resulted from criminal acts or criminal neglect of persons other than the deceased.
The York County Coroner's Office assumes jurisdiction of those deaths that occur within the limits of York County. The Coroner, Chief Deputy or Deputy Coroner may conduct interviews, serve subpoenas or otherwise conduct investigative procedures outside of the county as long as the death occurred within the county.
Emergency Medical Service providers, Police Investigators or Healthcare Facility Personnel typically notify the Coroner's Office when a death occurs.
The general public should call 911 to report a death. If the decedent is under hospice care, it is appropriate for the family to contact the funeral director of their choice or hospice nurse without calling 911.
No. In York County, the following deaths are not reportable:
The following deaths are reportable to the Coroner in York County:
No. The Coroner's Investigative Report, Autopsy and Toxicology Reports are not public records. These reports contain information that is protected by Federal and State Laws.
The View of Body (cause and manner of all deaths) are the only records that are made available to the public. State Law requires that only the following information be made available for public view:
1 copy of each report is made available to the legal next of kin, providing that the investigation is complete and the case is closed.
Insurance or Legal requests for reports may be made in writing on company or law firm letterhead and must accompany a written authorization release from the legal next of kin.
1 watermarked copy of autopsy and/or toxicology report is made available to the legal Next of Kin at no charge.
A fee is charged for additional copies to Next of Kin and/or outside legal/insurance entities at the following rates (if no pending criminal action). Insurance or legal entities must submit their request via letter on letterhead- all documents/photos are watermarked and cannot be copied:
Coroner's Investigative Report - $100
Autopsy Report - $500
Toxicology Report - $100
Case Photographs - $250 for first 50 photos; $250 for any additional photos beyond 50; $500 total max
Personal effects are typically released to the funeral director along with the decedent.
The legal next of kin, or legal designee, may pick up items not released to the funeral director during normal office hours and by appointment only.
Recipient must present a valid government-issued photo ID and sign a release.
No, due to biohazard and public health concerns, as well as insurance regulations, the general public is not permitted to enter the morgue facility, which is currently at York Hospital.
If identification of a decedent is necessary, additional forensic methods will be utilized.
Arrangements to view a decedent should be made with the funeral director handling the final disposition. Funeral homes will work with families who wish to view the decedent.
Bridge maintenance and replacement projects are expensive and complicated. York County receives some funding to maintain and replace bridges within the county. This amount of funding is low due to the large cost for projects. Due to the age of the county bridges and the limited financial resources, many of the bridges need to be replaced or repaired at the same time, outpacing the current funding.
County-owned bridges are a component of the larger transportation network that connects everyone with goods and services, directly or indirectly. For example, although you may not use them directly, you may indirectly use them by buying goods from the store that were transported over one of the county bridges. Additionally, others in the community may rely on the bridges to carry emergency services, just as you rely on the transportation infrastructure to allow emergency services to get to your home.
By reading the updates on the county bridges that are currently being replaced or repaired, you can see that this is a relatively complex process. It is always the goal to complete the project to the highest standards and as quickly as possible. But due to the complexity and components of each project, they can take as little as 18 months or as long as 3 to 5 years.
While some bridges may appear to be structurally sound, there can be serious deterioration to components of the bridge that are not easily visible to the untrained eye. York County works closely with specialized engineers that inspect our bridges on a mandated annual or biannual basis.
York County closes bridges only as a last resort when the condition of the bridge poses a clear and present threat to the safety of the traveling public. While some bridges are closed for short periods of time for quick repairs, others may be closed for a long duration while funding is secured for its repair or replacement. Repair or replacement of any bridge must be considered in the context of competing priorities of other bridge projects and the limited financial resources available to the County.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is responsible for ensuring that nearly 32,000 bridges in Pennsylvania are inspected according to state and federal regulations. Approximately 25,000 bridges are owned by the state and inspections are done by PennDOT employees and consultants who are certified bridge safety inspectors. PennDOT provides oversight for the approximately 6,500 bridges owned and inspected by local municipalities and other agencies.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is responsible for inspecting their bridges and they are required to submit the inspection information to PennDOT.
CSHC Staff are not Lawyers and are limited in how much help they can provide
CSHC can: Explain basic process for some civil cases, print copies, search existing cases filed with the Prothonotary's Office, provide forms and packets to visitors for a fee, and provide free access to legal research tools
CSHC cannot: Give legal advice, do legal research on your behalf, recommend specific law offices, interpret court orders, write/scribe/translate forms, create custom paperwork, assist with non-Prothonotary forms, file/serve/mail forms for you, contact the Judge/hearing officer in your case, advise you whether a process is appropriate
You may be able to find assistance for legal aid or find a low-cost consultation with an attorney:
Mid Penn Legal Services29 N Queen StreetYork, PA 17401Phone: 717-848-3605
Attorney Connection/Modest MeansPhone: 717-854-8755
Most offices provide forms for filings through their office on their respective website and for those who come in person. The CSHC has some forms and packets on our Forms page, free to download. You may also need to come to the Judicial Center in person to obtain forms for specific cases, like Protection Orders.
If you cannot find forms or instructions through any of the above places, it may be an issue that requires a custom/specific petition beyond what any office can provide; we strongly recommend speaking to a lawyer if that is the case.
Each office in the Judicial Center handles specific case types and has their own fee schedule. You can call the office to inquire about their fees, or look on their website for a fee schedule. In general:
The packets CSHC provides come with detailed step-by-step instructions, many of which include a list of definitions. For other words you do not understand, we recommend doing research on PA Law Help, or obtaining a consultation with a lawyer.
For most filings, you will need the full, legal names of the people you are filing against; the complete mailing and/or physical addresses of everyone involved in the case; a valid ID in case a form must be notarized; and the ability to pay a filing fee either in cash, by credit card, or by money order.
If you plan on asking for filing fees to be waived, you must have physical copies of proof of all forms of household income, including pay stubs, benefits statements, and any existing orders for child/spousal support for all members of your household.
If you are filing an appeal of a case at the Magistrate (such as an eviction), you must have all pages of the transcript in order to file. Similarly, if you are appealing a suspension of a driver's license/vehicle registration, you need all pages of the Notice of Suspension from the PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
If E-Filing, you will need to know your email address and password to log in on our public computer, and have a credit/debit card to pay filing fees.
The York County Civil Court Electronic Filing System is the website for e-filing forms. You must create an account, confirm account creation via email, and then upload your documents under the correct category on the website.
CSHC Staff can assist with this process in-office or via Zoom call during our normal office hours.
You must come to the Judicial Center in person in order to obtain paperwork for a Protection Order. There is a PFA Office on the 1st floor run by advocates who may be able to assist you with filling out the forms and going over your options during normal business hours.
After hours, the Magisterial Judge on duty can hear cases for Emergency Protection. It is recommended you return to the courthouse on the following business day to speak to advocates about your options for continued protection.
Since staff at the CSHC are not attorneys, we cannot advise you on whether your situation calls for filing for custody or guardianship of a minor. The York County Bar Association has created a video to discuss this topic via their program Legal Lines to explain the difference between these case types.
Custody supervision video can be viewed at the following link Custody Supervision Video
The first step to accessing treatment is to contact the White Deer Run Regional Support Center at Phone Number: 866-769-6822. The White Deer Run Regional Support Center is a free service available 24/7 that has qualified staff ready to assess an individual's situation. Staff will determine if emergent care needs are necessary (Detox, Psychiatric, Prenatal/Perinatal) and refer to those services. If detox is deemed to be necessary, a direct linkage to detox services is coordinated with a detox facility and transportation arranged.
If an individual does not have any emergent care needs requiring immediate attention, a referral for a level of care assessment will be coordinated by the White Deer Run Regional Support Center. The level of care assessment will determine if treatment is recommended and what level of treatment is appropriate. The assessor is responsible for coordinating appropriate services. Level of care assessments are provided through local outpatient drug and alcohol providers in addition to the White Deer Run York Assessment Center, conveniently located in downtown York. Assessments are free of charge, with the exception of the DUI offender, who may be charged.
Pregnant women shall receive preferential treatment in all levels of care and throughout the drug and alcohol service continuum.
The York/Adams Drug and Alcohol Commission was established to financially assist individuals who would normally be unable to afford treatment. The Commission is dedicated to helping these individuals access appropriate treatment. The Commission works with the Department of Human Services along with treatment providers to ensure that treatment is affordable. Many times treatment may end up costing nothing to the individual.
Act 106 of 1989 requires all commercial group health plans, HMOs (Health Maintenance Organizations) and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to provide comprehensive treatment for alcohol and drug addictions. If an individual is encountering problems accessing their benefits, please follow the following link for a summary of ACT 106 of 1989.
Act 106 of 1989
The York/Adams Drug and Alcohol Commission assists with funding for Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization, Halfway House, Inpatient Rehab, and Inpatient Detox levels of care. The Commission helps to fund the appropriate level of care for individuals based upon need.
When an individual has died, it is often necessary to follow formal procedures in settling the estate. This process is called Estate Administration. Requirements are established by state and federal laws, which must be followed. Administration includes procedures and requirements relating to collecting of assets, satisfying of obligations such as debts, expenses and taxes, and distributing property to the heirs and beneficiaries.
A personal representative is the individual charged with administration of an estate. If an individual has executed a will during his or her lifetime, the will should designate the personal representative, who is called an Executor. If the deceased person did not have a Will, an Administrator will be appointed to handle the estate. Law establishes the individuals entitled to administer an estate.
An executor or administrator must obtain the necessary legal documents to enable him or her to act for the estate. These documents, called either Letters Testamentary (executor), or Letters of Administration (administrator), are obtained through the Register of Wills in the county in which the deceased person lived at the time of death.
The duties of the personal representative include:
At the beginning, all assets of the estate, including personal possessions and real estate, are inventoried and sometimes physically gathered. All of the beneficiaries (if there is a will) or heirs (if there is no will) are located. They are told that they were named in the will or have a legal right to receive an inheritance. Funeral expenses, debts, state and federal taxes are paid, and necessary tax returns are filed. At the conclusion of the administration period, a final accounting of all assets is presented for approval to the county court. After approval, distribution of the balance of assets is accomplished.
If someone close to you has died, it is suggested that nothing be done to disturb any of the property of the deceased unless it is necessary to protect it from being lost or destroyed. Shortly after the funeral, an attorney should be contacted to discuss the matter with those close to the deceased. The lawyer will provide advice, determine whether administration will be required, and explain what procedures will be involved. If a will is found, the person named as executor should protect the will and give it to the attorney at the first consultation.
Check List for Grant of Letters and Estate Filings
When you arrive at the Register of Will's Office:
Additional requirements of personal representative:
Within three (3) months of Date of Death
Within three (3) months of Grant of Letters
Within nine (9) month of the Date of Death
Within two (2) years of Date of Death and annually until complete
You should respond to the summons via mail or the online response system.
It is advised that you do not ignore your summons. If you do, you may be subject to prosecution.
Please visit our directions and parking page for more information about how to get to the Judicial Center, located at 45 N George Street in York City.
Deferrals are available for jurors that will experience severe hardship because of jury duty. Jury duty is an obligation required by law and is not voluntary. Most people enjoy the experience.
Jurors are paid $9 each day for the first three days of service. Starting on the fourth day, jurors are paid $25 per day. You are also eligible for mileage at a rate of 17 cents per mile. See more information about compensation. Compensation is set by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Jurors typically are not provided meals, but at lunchtime are given ample time to purchase food outside the courthouse or eat a meal brought from home. There are also vending machines on the first floor of the Judicial Center.
All U.S. citizens age 18 or older who live in York County are qualified to serve as jurors, with the exception of:
Jurors will hear criminal and civil cases.
In criminal cases, the District Attorney or Attorney General prosecutes a case against an individual accused of a crime.
In civil cases, the parties are individuals, businesses or government agencies. The party initiating the lawsuit is the Plaintiff and the party defending the lawsuit is the Defendant. The Plaintiff is generally seeking monetary damages.
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This office is actually a state entity that is operated in each county in Pennsylvania. For a listing of all of the County Assistance Offices in the state, with contact information, click here. For York County's Assistance Office, call Phone Number: 717-771-1100, or, Phone Number: 800-991-0929. The Assistance Office provides help with: financial, housing, employment, food stamps, energy, etc.
Pennsylvania is unique from most states, in that they are a Commonwealth. Part of this Commonwealth structure means that many services are implemented at a county level, rather than a state level. In Pennsylvania, social services are the responsibility of each individual county. The result is that there is no specific, state-run Department of Social Services. York County Human Services encompasses many departments that serve similar roles to a Department of Social Services. Please see our department listing on the main County Human Services page. If you are still unsure of which department is appropriate for your concern, call the Human Services department, Phone Number: 717-771-9347, and we will direct you to the appropriate agency.
York County's provider network contains several shelters that may be able to assist you, as well as several long-term housing options. PA 2-1-1 can assist you in locating shelters. Just call 2-1-1 from any phone. Bell's Next Door program and Case Management may also be able to assist you. Their number is Phone Number: 717-845-7176.
You can call the local York County Children, Youth and Family Services Office, at Phone Number: 717-846-8496, or you can contact ChildLine, 24 hours a day, at Phone Number: 800-932-0313.
There are several community agencies that assist with heating and energy concerns. The largest program is LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) which is currently implemented through the York County Assistance Office. You can contact them at Phone Number: 717-771-1100, or, Phone Number: 800-991-0929. For other community agencies providing energy programs, as well as tips and other energy assistance information, click here to review LIHEAP information and resources.
The York County Assistance Office runs the food stamp program. Their contact information is Phone Number: 717-771-1100, or, Phone Number: 800-991-0929. York County also provides several food pantries, located across the county. To locate the pantry closest to your home, please contact the Food Pantry Clearinghouse at Phone Number: 717-846-8899, or, PA 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 from any phone.
The best way to locate all available resources in York County is to contact PA 2-1-1. Just dial 2-1-1 from any phone!
Effective for dates of death after July 1, 2000, the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax rate is 4.5% for direct descendants (lineal heirs, grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, children) and a rate of 12% for transfers to a sibling (an individual who has at least one parent in common with the decedent, whether by blood or adoption). Property owned jointly between married spouses is exempt from Inheritance Tax, while property inherited from a spouse is taxed at a rate of 0%. All other beneficiaries (nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, etc.) receive a tax rate of 15%. Charitable organizations, exempt institutions, and government entities are exempt from PA Inheritance Tax. A transfer from a child twenty-one (21) years of age or younger to a natural parent, adopted parent, or stepparent is also taxed at the zero rates. A discount of 5% of tax due is allowed for whatever portion of the tax is paid within three (3) months.
PA Inheritance Tax is due within nine (9) months of date of death. Interest is charged beginning with the first day of delinquency, or nine (9) months and one (1) day from the date of death, to the date of payment. An application of extension for filing the return may be requested.
The Register of Wills serves as an agent for the Commonwealth in the Collection of the tax. The return is filed with the Register who granted the letters. The Inheritance Tax check is made payable to "Register of Wills, Agent."
All real property and all tangible personal property, including but not limited to cash, automobiles, furniture, antiques, jewelry, etc., located in Pennsylvania are taxable. All intangible property including stocks, bonds, bank accounts, loan receivable, etc. is taxable regardless of where it is located. Jointly owned property, except between married spouses, including but not limited to real estate, securities, bank accounts, etc., with the right of survivorship, is taxable.
Yes. Unsatisfied liabilities incurred by the decedent prior to his / her death are deductible against his/her taxable estate. In addition to debts incurred by the decedent or the estate, the cost of administration, attorney fees, fiduciary fees, funeral and burial expenses including the cost of a burial lot, tombstone or grave marker, and other related burial expenses, are deductible.
For the sake of convenience, I put my mother's name on my savings account. Recently my mother died and now I am being told that I will have to pay an inheritance tax on my own money, can this be correct?
Under the Inheritance Tax Law, the account was jointly owned because you and your mother had equal access to the account. Therefore, in this example, the survivor is taxed on one-half of the amount in the account.
The family exemption is a right given to specific individuals to retain or claim certain types of decedent’s property in accordance with Section 3121 of the Probate, Estate and Fiduciaries Code. For decedents dying after January 31, 1995, the family exemption is $3,500. From June 27, 1974, through January 31, 1995, the amount of the family exemption was $2,000.
The family exemption may be claimed by a spouse of a decedent who died as a resident of Pennsylvania. If there is no spouse, or if the spouse has forfeited his / her rights, then any child of the decedent who is a member of the same household as the decedent may claim the exemption.
In the event there is no spouse or child, the exemption may be claimed by a parent or parents who are members of the same household of the decedent. The family exemption is allowable against assets that are passed on with or without a will.
The Inheritance Tax return is to be filed in duplicate with the county where the decedent was a resident. There is a filing fee of $10, payable to the Register of Wills-York County. In York County, mail Inheritance Tax returns to:
Bryan K. TateYork County Register of WillsYork County Judicial Center45 North George StreetYork, PA 17401
No, Court employees are not permitted to give legal advice on any topic. Please consult a private attorney, or if you are unable to afford your own attorney, the York County Bar Association at 717-854-8755, or in criminal matters, the York County Public Defender's Office at 717-771-9217.
You have 10 days after receiving a citation from an officer or summons from the Court to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Failure to respond will result in the issuance of an Arrest Warrant. (Please see the reverse side of your citation.)
Carefully read and follow all the instructions sent to you from the Court. Please respond in writing if you intend to defend. If you wish to file a counter-claim, you must do so within the time frames permitted. For legal questions, contact a private attorney or MidPenn Legal Services at 717-848-3605.
It is not required that you be represented by an attorney. However, if you are accused of a Misdemeanor or Felony or if you feel it is in your best interest to be represented, you should obtain or at the very least consult an attorney.
All continuance requests are subject to approval at the discretion of the Court. Continuance requests must be in writing. All continuances must be received at least 2 business days prior to the Trial or Hearing. (Witnesses, who are required to attend by subpoena, must make their request through the party for whom they are testifying.)
For information on points assigned by the PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for traffic violations, see The Pennsylvania Point System (PDF).
If you are attending or participating in Court, proper attire is recommended and respectful conduct is expected.
When presenting a case in court, the Affiant (Criminal) or Plaintiff (Civil) always proceeds first. This is done by means of testimony, presenting evidence and/or witnesses. The Defendant always proceeds second and may present testimony, evidence and/or witnesses. Witness testimony is subject to cross-examination by the opposing party. All parties are subject to the Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure.
It is the obligation of the Affiant or Plaintiff to prove their case (the burden in Criminal cases is beyond a reasonable doubt, and in Civil cases by a preponderance of evidence.)
Your success depends on doing your homework! It is important to bring all relevant documentation and persons with knowledge to testify to prove your case.
The Early Intervention program supports children from birth to 3 years old who have or may be at risk for having a developmental delay.
Children who meet all of the following criteria can get Early Intervention services through York / Adams Early Intervention:
Early Intervention services are free. Early Intervention is an entitlement program, meaning that it is available to all children from birth to age 3. It is funded through federal, state, and county taxes.
Having a developmental delay means that a child is behind with or having trouble meeting certain developmental milestones for their age.
Often there is no specific cause for a developmental delay. Sometimes certain risk factors may play a role, but not always.
Children who have a developmental delay will not necessarily always have one. Some children may need long-term support, while others just need some extra help short-term to help them catch up with their milestones.
If you're concerned about your child, feel free to call York / Adams Early Intervention at 717-771-9893, even if you're not sure if your child has a developmental delay. Early Intervention is free, so you have nothing to lose by calling or making a referral.
Anyone who has concerns about a child's development can make a referral. Early Intervention referrals come from many sources, including parents, grandparents or other family members, daycare providers, doctors offices, and many others. Referrals can be accepted up to 60 days before a child's third birthday.
You can make a referral by calling York / Adams Early Intervention at 717-771-9893. Just let the person you speak with know that you would like to make a referral.
No, a diagnosis or doctor's note is not required when making a referral to Early Intervention or for a child to receive ongoing Early Intervention services.
After a referral has been made, Early Intervention will ask your permission to contact your child's doctor's office for more information about your child's development. This will not affect whether or not your child qualifies for Early Intervention services.
Let the person you speak with know you want to make a referral. You will be asked to give some information, including your child's name, date of birth, and social security number. You will also be asked for your name, address, and phone number. Feel free to ask any questions about Early Intervention when you call.
An Early Intervention service coordinator will be assigned to your child. They will typically contact you a few days after the referral is made to set up an intake meeting. The service coordinator will explain more about Early Intervention, ask more in-depth questions about your child's development, and, with your permission, set up a second meeting for a developmental evaluation.
Your service coordinator and a trained evaluator will meet with you and your child to conduct the developmental evaluation. The evaluation checks five areas of development. This is not a test that your child will pass or fail. It is designed to help determine which areas are your child's strengths and which areas they are struggling with.
The Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation consists of five developmental areas / domains:
A child will qualify for ongoing services if:
If your child does not qualify for ongoing services, the evaluator and the service coordinator can give you advice and recommendations following the evaluation. You can also ask them about the Early Intervention Tracking Program. The Tracking Program allows you and an Early Intervention Service Coordinator to monitor and track your child's development. You can also have Early Intervention reevaluate your child in the future if the concerns persist.
Early Intervention serves children until the age of 3 and can accept referrals up to 60 days before a child's third birthday.
If your child receives ongoing services, you, your service coordinator, and your child's therapists will meet periodically to discuss your child's progress and, as it gets closer to your child's third birthday, if your child may still need services after age 3. If that is the case, your service coordinator will help transition your child to the next program.
Programs that children might transition to at age 3 may include the following:
The Intellectual Disabilities program supports children ages 3 to 17 and adults ages 18 and up who have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability or autism.
To have an intellectual disability means that:
Autism, also called Autism Spectrum Disorder, is a developmental disability that affects a person's social interaction, communication, and behavior. Autism is something a person is either born with or develops during their developmental period (before age 22).
To get started, call us at 717-771-9618 and let the person you speak with know you are interested in getting Intellectual Disabilities, or ID, services. Your call will be transferred to the intake / eligibility point person, who will ask you some questions such as your name, date of birth, contact information, and information about your condition and how it affects your daily life. You may also be asked to schedule an intake appointment or submit paperwork that helps establish your eligibility for services. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about the program.
To be eligible for services, you must have a diagnosis of autism or an intellectual disability with an IQ of 69 or below based on the results of objective standardized testing. It is important that all testing be done before age 22.
Typically, any one of these three types of standardized tests can be used:
Here are some ideas when looking into standardized testing. Remember, this is not an exhaustive list, just a way to help you get started. Don't forget to ask providers about out-of-pocket expenses up front.
If you are determined eligible for services, you will be assigned to a supports coordinator. Your supports coordinator will:
An Individual Support Plan, or ISP, outlines your goals and a plan to achieve them so that everyone involved with your services can help you reach those goals.
Waivers are government programs that help people live more independently at home and in their communities. There are many types of waivers. The requirements and services vary depending on what type of waiver it is. Your supports coordinator can help you figure out which type will be most helpful to you. You can also find information about waivers on the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services website.
The York / Adams Mental Health program supports people living in York or Adams County, including:
Mental health refers to a person's psychological, emotional, and social wellbeing; in other words, how someone thinks, feels, and interacts with others.
A serious emotional disturbance is when a child under age 18 has a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that seriously impairs or interferes with their daily life at home, at school, or in their community.
A serious and persistent mental illness is when an adult age 18 or up has a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that seriously impairs or interferes with their daily life.
Anyone can make a referral. Referrals come from a variety of sources, including the individuals themselves, their families, doctors, therapists, hospitals, social workers, and other provider agencies.
To get started, call our office at 717-771-9618 and let the person you speak with know that you are interested in getting Mental Health services. Your call will be transferred to a supports coordinator who will ask you some questions such as your name, date of birth, contact information, and information about your condition and how it affects your daily life. You may also be asked to schedule an intake appointment or submit paperwork that helps establish that you are eligible for services. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about the program.
If you are found eligible for services, you will be assigned one of three levels of case management. The Mental Health program uses an assessment tool called an Environmental Matrix to determine your level of case management. You will then be assigned to a supports coordinator.
There are three levels of Mental Health Case Management:
Your supports coordinator will:
Children ages 3 to 18 are eligible for case management if they have a serious emotional disturbance.
Adults ages 18 and up are eligible for case management if one of the following applies:
No, you can be transferred to a more or less intensive level of case management if it is determined to be appropriate at that time. If your are receiving services and feel that you should have a more or less intensive level of case management, feel free to discuss it with your supports coordinator.
A Divorce Hearing Officer is an attorney with experience in family law who has been appointed by the Court of Common Pleas to conduct the proceedings in a contested divorce action. The Divorce Hearing Officer will meet with the attorneys and the parties before a hearing is scheduled in order to identify the contested issues (which could include any or all of the following: fault divorce, two-year separation, irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, division of property, temporary alimony pending the litigation, alimony after the divorce, counsel fees, costs, or expenses). The Divorce Hearing Officer will help the attorneys and the parties obtain the information necessary to resolve these issues (called "discovery"). This will help eliminate some of the disagreements and may enable the parties to resolve their issues through negotiation. The Divorce Hearing Officer will then conduct the hearing with respect to issues that cannot be resolved between the parties. This hearing will be conducted with the same formality as if it were being conducted by a Judge. After the hearing, the Divorce Hearing Officer will then write a formal report to the Court, recommending a resolution for these issues. If either party disagrees with the recommendation, he or she can ask a Judge to review it for errors by filing "exceptions." If the Judge finds errors in the Divorce Hearing Officer's Report, then the Judge may adopt a final order that differs from the Report. If exceptions are filed, the Judge will review the entire report, not just the parts addressed in the exceptions.
The Divorce Hearing Officers strongly recommend that every party to a divorce action consult with an attorney before deciding whether or not he or she needs an attorney. The law permits you to represent yourself in a divorce action, but there are several disadvantages to this course of action. Parties who represent themselves are referred to as "self-represented" parties. You can overcome the disadvantages of being a self-represented party through research and preparation, but it will take a great deal of time. You will be held to the same standards as an attorney in terms of complying with the rules and statutes, and you will not be given any leeway because you have chosen to represent yourself. If you are a self-represented party, it is vital that you keep the court informed of the mailing address and telephone number at which you can be contacted. Please see Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure (Pa.R.C.P.) 1930.8. The court has a specific form that you can use to report this information. You can download a copy of the Entry of Appearance as a Self-Represented Party form from the Court Forms Page.
If you don't have an attorney, you should contact "Attorney Connection," the lawyer referral system of the York County Bar Association by calling 717-854-8755 or Mid Penn Legal Services at 717-848-3605.
If you do not have money and meet the financial requirements, you might be able to obtain a lawyer for free. To find out, contact: Mid Penn Legal Services, 29 N Queen Street Number 1York PA 17403, Phone: 717-848-3605
If you have an attorney, you should call that attorney and ask. If you do not have an attorney and your case was filed in York County, then the Prothonotary can tell you which documents have been filed and whether any court proceedings have been scheduled. You can call the Prothonotary at 717-771-9611. If you are simply waiting for the decree to be signed, then the District Court Administrator can tell you whether the file has been sent to a judge for signature. You can call the District Court Administrator at 717-771-9234. Do not attempt to call an individual judge or hearing master to ask about your case. If you do, you will be told to call your attorney, the Prothonotary, or the District Court Administrator.
No. That would be an "ex parte communication." You are not permitted to talk to the court without the other side present. You must wait until you have a scheduled proceeding where both parties are present.
Routine service is 8-11 weeks from the day an application is submitted to the day a new passport is received.
Expedite service (for an additional fee) is 5-7 weeks from the day an application is submitted to the day a new passport is received. There is the option to pay an extra $17.56 for 1-2 day delivery for the return of your completed passport.
Check the status of your passport.
You can apply in person in Philadelphia or Washington D.C. only if you can prove the reason for your emergency and are leaving in 72 hours or less. Call the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778 for more information and to make an appointment.
No. REAL ID has been extended until May 3, 2023. You may use a regular Driver’s License until that date.
Probation is a sentence where an offender remains in the community under supervision. Parole is a conditional release from incarceration under conditions similar to probation.
Generally a sentence of confinement requires a minimum and a maximum time. In PA, a state sentence is one with a maximum of 2 years or more. The PA Board of Probation and Parole is the paroling and supervising authority in state sentences. A county sentence is one in which the maximum sentence is 2 years minus 1 day or less. The sentencing judge grants parole in a county sentence and the county parole office supervises these offenders.
The Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program is a pre-trial alternative for certain first time offenders facing disposition on a non-violent offense. The District Attorney's Office established the eligibility criteria and must approve the offender's application. (Please refer to the York County District Attorneys website for further information on the program requirements and eligibility criteria) The Adult Probation and Parole Department supervises those placed into the Program. Successful participants can earn a dismissal of the charges and are eligible for an expungement.
Once your ARD case has been closed out successfully, the probation department will mail a dismissal petition and a letter with instructions to you. They will be sent to the address we have on record for you. You must sign the dismissal petition in front of a notary, have the petition notarized, and return the signed and notarized petition to your probation officer. Your probation officer will sign the dismissal petition. It will then be submitted to the judge to sign. Two copies of the completed petition are made. A copy will be sent to you, and a copy will be kept in our office. The original is sent to the Clerk of Courts. Your internal record in our office will be expunged. A completed dismissal order is sent to the magisterial district judge and the arresting police department then forwarded to the Pennsylvania State Police for expungement from the central repository. This is a lengthy process that can take up to six months to complete.
Please refer to the forms section of this site for a copy of our “general conditions of supervision”. Be aware that additional conditions may be imposed at the time of sentencing by the sentencing Judge.
Under PA Act 277, August 6, 1963, and amended by PA Act 1992-117, December 4, 1992, probation/parole officers shall have the powers of Peace Officers in the performance of their duties and shall have police powers and authority throughout the Commonwealth to arrest with or without warrant any person on probation, intermediate punishment or parole for any violation of probation, intermediate punishment or parole.
You can find out who the assigned Probation/Parole Officer is by calling (717) 771-9602 and speaking with a receptionist.
Someone under active supervision may only leave Pennsylvania with a temporary travel pass issued by their probation officer. Offenders should request a travel permit well in advance of their anticipated departure date. Defendants who travel outside of Pennsylvania without a valid travel permit may be subject to arrest by any state they travel to.
The Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System has a website that lists all outstanding amounts due by docket number at the following link:
You can do a search either by "Common Pleas Docket Number" or by name by clicking on "Search Type" and entering the requested information.
Fines, costs, and restitution are paid in the Clerk of Courts office located on the first floor of the York County Judicial Center. Please find more payment information here.
Not having your balance paid in full before the expiration of your probation period is a violation of the conditions of your probation or parole. Therefore, as with violating any other rules/regulations of parole/probation, you are subject to have your sentence revoked and reinstated/resentenced to continue on probation until your balance is paid in full.
If you have a legitimate emergency after hours you can dial 911 and ask to speak with the On-Call Adult Probation Officer.
The forms and instructions for a simple divorce (Divorce Packet) are available on our website.
If your divorce involves property, finances, or custody you should consult an attorney.
You may mail your request to Prothonotary at 45 N George Street York PA 17401. Include with your request the names of the parties, phone number of the person requesting the decree, approximate year of the divorce, the case number if you have it, money order for the $15 fee payable to Prothonotary, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. If it is a confidential special decree you will need to include an acceptable form of ID.
For items filed May 2008 or later, you can print copies from our Civil Case Search module on our website here.
To request copies by mail: send your request and money order (payable to Prothonotary) for the fee ($1/page)
To request copies in person: copies are $0.50/page in our office
To file a District Justice Judgement in this office you must wait 30 days after the date of the judgement.
You can find instructions for on our website District Judge Appeal Instructions (PDF).
No. A new deed must be created in order to make any changes. Please consult an attorney.
No. A deed is for the property. Deed should have been received after time of settlement. Copies of the deed may be obtained at any time.
The lender will submit a satisfaction piece to be recorded, which explains the mortgage is paid in full. The mortgage company may or may not send you a copy of that document- it is their discretion. You do not receive a deed when the mortgage is paid off, the deed should have already been received when first purchased.
If you own the land that the mobile home is on, yes. If not, then no. Please contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for a title to your mobile home.
No, the deed is for property only. Anything built upon the property is that of the property owners.
The holder of the mortgage (the lender) has to execute a satisfaction or release of mortgage.
Consult the mortgage holder and let them know of the discrepancy. The mortgage holder must submit a satisfaction piece to our office in order for the mortgage to be considered paid in full.
No. All transfers are emailed to the newspaper company. There are no exceptions.
No. We do not require a copy of the mortgage to be submitted with the satisfaction piece.
The Recorder of Deeds office is open Monday through Friday, 8 am until 4:30 pm. Office is closed on all government holidays.
Yes, except for military discharge records.
Free to use, a fee of $0.50 per page to print.
Cash or check.
Limited information is available via the phone for one document only- recording date, book and page number, and instrument number. We cannot read any other information off of documents for liability reasons. If more information is needed, please come into the office or contact a title searcher.
As long as the document has been recorded, yes. All we need to look up a document is the full name of the person on the document. Location and date helps, but are not required. All the documents are public record, so anyone can obtain a copy for anyone else.
Yes, but only from 1981 and onward. Please visit Landex Webstore if there are only a few documents to view, or Landex Remote if there are several documents to view.
No. The use of a camera, cell phone or any image-capturing equipment to take pictures or scan the contents of any books or computer screens in the Recorder of Deeds' office is prohibited pursuant to a policy instituted November 25, 2008.
After all your paperwork is completed by your bonding/insurance company, come to the Recorder of Deeds office with the bond, power of attorney, photo identification, and cash or business check for $40.50. Effective October 26, 2017 the price will change to $38.50, and will still need all of the above mentioned items.
No, please visit the Clerk of Orphans' Court in the Judicial Center for marriage certificates and the PA Department of Health for information in regards to the other certificates.
Refer to the property description section of your deed. We are unable to do the calculations to convert to common measurements. Please consult a surveyor to mark your property.
There is not a notary available in the Recorder of Deeds office.
No. The Recorder of Deed's office staff are not permitted to give any legal of advice, please consult an attorney.
No. For document creation, please consult an attorney. We have an example generic satisfaction piece that must be completed in full by the lender, but nothing else.
In-person, through the mail, or through Simplifile or Ingeo. All documents require a self-addressed, stamped envelope to return them, and a check/cash for the recording fee. The documents must first go into the Assessment Office, where the parcel number is certified. Then the documents must go to the Recorder's office for recordation and collection of fees.
Anywhere from four to eight weeks after being recorded, based on work load. The documents must be scanned, proofed, indexed, and verified before being returned.
York County does not require separate checks for transfer taxes. One check may be used, or you can use three checks. Whichever you prefer.
The original subdivision plan on paper or mylar. It must be signed and notarized by the property owners. It must also be signed by the local township within 90 days, and signed by the York County Planning Commission. It also needs certified by parcel certification, located in the assessment office.
In the event of misplacing the original, it is a good idea to record it. You can receive up to three certified copies, and must present photo identification in order to receive those copies. It is free of charge to record.
Over 50 different documents. Please review our fee schedule page for a complete list and price of recordable documents.
No. Document must have original signatures and notary stamps. A certified document from another county (not York County) can be recorded.
No. Office employees are not permitted to search titles. We can show you how to use the computers but cannot do any searches for you. Please consult a title searcher, abstracting company, or an attorney.
You can come into the office and search on our computers, or contact a title searcher. Office employees are not allowed to complete searches.
Not fully. The only liens in our office are mortgages, which need signed by the borrower. All other liens and judgments are located in the Office of the Prothonotary.
If it was recorded, yes. Refer to your deed's property description and look for any indication stating "plan recorded in Plan Book __ page number __". Not all plot plans were recorded.
The York County GIS Website can verify ownership of any property in York County. Or you can go into the assessment office or our office. The complete street address is required to verify ownership.
Review the recital in your current deed. It’s usually after the property description and begins with “It being the same premises which…” followed by a deed book and page number. Go to that book and page number, and repeat the process.
Nearly all of our documents are available on the public computer terminals, including most of the index books to find older documents. If the page is illegible on the computer, microfilm and books are available.
No. Access to various land records are available, but employees cannot determine genealogy or trace back properties. Please consult the York County Archives for documents other than land records in regards to genealogical research.
2% total. 1% to the state, 1% to local municipalities.
If you are claiming exemption from transfer taxes, yes. If you are paying a different consideration than stated on the front of the deed, yes. Be sure to fill out the entire statement of value form and include any attachments it may call for. This form is sent to the Department of Revenue and investigated. The Statement of Value increases the recording fee by $2. The form can be obtained here.
Right-of-way (unless it's for a utility), easement (unless it's for a utility), memorandum of lease, or any other document where a transfer tax is not being paid, or paid in an amount other than stated on the document. If unsure, please contact the office.
No, as long as the deed states “transfer from a father to son, etc” it will be tax exempt. Consult an attorney to make certain the transfer is fully exempt.
A state ratio based on the sales of real estate to adjust fair market values to a more realistic figure. Please contact us for the current common level ratio.
County election officials maintain annual mail-in and absentee voter lists. If you are an annual mail-in or absentee voter, you automatically receive a renewal application every year by the first Monday in February. If you are an annual mail-in or absentee voter, your county will send you a renewal application every year by the first Monday in February. This includes ballots for any primary election, special election, general election and municipal election in which you are eligible to vote.
You can request to be added to the annual list at any time:
After your application is approved, you will receive your ballots in the mail for the remainder of the year (and through the third Monday in February of the following year). If you are on the annual list, you will also be sent an application by the first Monday in February of each year to renew your annual mail-in or absentee ballot request. Counties are beginning to mail applications to voters on this list now for 2021.
If you move, contact your county election office to ensure your mail-in or absentee ballot will be sent to your new address. If you move to a different county in Pennsylvania, you will need to update your registration and request to maintain your permanent mail-in ballot status or have your existing mail-in application transferred, by updating your voter registration online (see section 14).
No one is allowed to enter a safe deposit box-not even a joint owner-except to remove a will and/or burial instructions in the presence of a bank employee. The bank employee must complete PA Form REV-487 (Entry into a Safe Deposit Box to remove a Will or Cemetery Deed) to record the entry and mail it to the PA Department of Revenue. PA law states that the contents of safe deposit boxes must be inventoried before they can be removed.
Effective May 11, 2011, neither a department or bank employee, nor lawyer or CPA must be present at a safe deposit box inventory. Instead, pursuant to the Inheritance and Estate Tax Act of 1991, a safe deposit box of a decedent may be entered at the time fixed in a notice mailed within seven days of the date of proposed entry, to the Department of Revenue and to the financial institution in which the box is located, 72 P.S. section 9193. The department no longer will provide employees to be present at safe deposit box inventories.
The Act requires that notice of a proposed safe deposit box entry and inventory must be delivered to the department via United States Postal Service with return receipt service. The Act allows that, when a person furnishes a signed statement under penalty of perjury that he/she, or someone on his / her behalf, has given this notice, the financial institution in which a safe deposit box of a decedent is located shall permit entry into the box and removal of its contents, without the presence of a department or bank employee.
Inheritance Tax DivisionPA Department of RevenueBureau of Individual TaxesDepartment 280601Harrisburg, PA 17128-0601Phone: 717-787-8327Fax: 717-772-0412Pennsylvania Department of Revenue SiteEmail Pennsylvania Department of Revenue
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You can look this up online! Verify your voter registration.
The deadline to register to vote in the November 2 election is October 18, 2021.
You can change your registration online.
Absentee ballots are for people who will be absent from their municipality on election day, or for those that have an illness or disability that results in an inability to vote at their polling location. Mail-in ballots are for people who do not want to go to their polling places. More information on the 2 methods and how to sign up for them can be found at vote.pa.gov.
If you're not sure if you checked the "permanent" box on your mail-in application, go to the ballot-tracking website, select “Election Ballot Status,” and enter your information. As of now, your status will be listed as "pending." Closer to the election, you will see when your ballot is mailed and when your vote has been received by our office.
If you received a ballot in the mail in the primary and checked the box to permanently vote by mail and do not wish to receive a ballot through the mail in the fall, you can print and fill out a form titled Request to Cancel Permanent Absentee or Mail-in Status (PDF). Once filled out, it must be submitted to our office. By state law, we cannot make changes from an email or phone request.
Voters can come in to the Voter Registration and Elections Office to drop off all documents to change or modify their registered elector information or to drop off their voter registration or mail-in ballot applications, including their ballots, in the lower level of the county’s Administrative Center at
28 E Market StreetYork, PA 17401
Voters have until 8 pm on November 2, 2021 to submit their mail-in ballot to the Elections office.
For the 2021 election, voters have until 8 pm on November 2 to submit their Mail-in ballot or Absentee to the Elections office in person by hand delivery. This must be of your own ballot.
Final election ballots must be certified by the State. Ballots for those individuals that requested permanent mail-in ballots before the primary are being processed and mailed. Applications received after the primary are being reviewed, approved and processed on a rolling basis.
The only secure drop box is at the front door of the York County Administrative Center at 28 E Market Street, York.
A Registered Elector may only return their own ballot to the Elections Office unless they are returning a ballot for a disabled individual, which will require that the disabled person and the designated individual complete and sign an “Authorized Designated Agent for Mail-In or Absentee Ballot” which can be found online.
If you applied for a mail-in ballot and a mail-in ballot was placed in the mail to you, you will be noted in the poll books at your precinct as having received a mail-in ballot. You will be permitted to vote by provisional ballot only, unless you bring your ballot, secrecy envelope and the outer envelope which contains the voter declaration on it. You will also be required to sign a declaration certifying that you have not voted by any other method. After the Judge of Elections verifies that you did not complete an Over-the-Counter Ballot at the Elections Office, you will then be permitted to cast a regular vote. If all of these qualifications cannot be met, you will be provided a Provisional Ballot.
No, if you applied for a mail-in ballot at the same time that you registered to vote, your mail-in application will be held until the registration has been completed and verified. You will not be permitted to register to vote and vote at the same time. Your registration must be approved before a ballot can be provided to you, which will take between 24 and 48 hours.
No. If you have submitted a paper application for a mail-in ballot, please check online to verify your application approval at votes.pa.gov, or call the Elections Office if you applied before September 1, 2020. Do not apply more than 1 time for a mail-in ballot or for a change in address or voter registration as such duplicate applications will only further delay the verification and approval process.
If you receive notification that your mail-in ballot application was rejected, contact the Elections Office at 717-771-9604. Be prepared to address the reasons for the rejection of the application. Common reasons for rejection:
Yes, The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has ruled that your mail-in ballot must be returned to the Elections Office in the envelope on which is printed “Official Election Ballot”, and that envelope must be inside the envelope addressed to the Elections Office. Further, the Official Election Ballot envelope must also be returned without any text, mark or symbol that would reveal your identity or your political affiliation or candidate preference. Any ballots returned with a marked-up envelope or returned without the “secrecy” envelope must be set aside and declared void.
The Elections Office is not sending mail-in ballot applications to anyone who has not specifically requested it from the Elections Office. Any mail-in ballot applications that you are receiving are coming from third-party groups and not from the York County Elections Office.
Pennsylvania does not permit early voting. Mail-in voting, which allows you to return your completed ballot to the Elections Office before Election Day, is not considered early voting, as those ballots cannot be opened and tabulated until Election Day.
No. There are no separate ballots by political party for the General Election.
The Pennsylvania Department of State issued guidance on September 28, 2020 regarding this issue. Registered voters can request and cast an absentee or mail-in ballot at the elections office during regular business hours in advance of Election Day. The application must be completed and the application must be reviewed and qualified. Once qualified, the voter will be provided a ballot, secrecy envelope and declaration envelope to be filled out and returned to the office staff. Please note this process will require proof of identification to verify the registered voter and obtain a ballot.
No. Due to a setting in the election system, multiple emails were issued when ballots began to be mailed out to voters. Despite the multiple emails, each registered voter will only be issued 1 ballot.
As long as the circles are darkened you may use blue or black ink. It is likely a pencil will also have no issues being read by the scanner as long as the circles are darkened. Red ink will not be read by the scanners, so please do not use red ink to fill out your ballot.
Yes, your ballot will be accepted. Cross out your birthdate if located in the incorrect area, date the declaration and initial the change.
A will is a written document, signed by a person at least 18 years of age and of sound mind, which directs the manner of distribution of assets owned by the decedent at the time of death. The will should name an executor to probate the will after death and to carry out the administration of the estate. A will may also appoint guardians of the estate of minors who will receive property under the will.
Yes. It will guarantee that your lifetime accumulations are given to those persons, charities or institutions that you wish to benefit.
Original wills are not filed with the Register of Wills until after death. Before death, wills are usually kept by the person who wrote the will. However, in some instances, the original will may be retained by the attorney who prepared the will or may be held by a bank trust department.
An administrator can be appointed by the Register of Wills to handle the administration of the estate of a person who dies without a will. The Pennsylvania Probate Code enumerates the individuals or institutions entitled to administer an estate of a person who has died without a will. The decedent's estate is then distributed according to the Rules of Intestate Succession. The Intestate Laws name the beneficiaries and the amount to which each beneficiary is entitled. The Rules of Intestate Succession may not comport with the wishes of the decedent regarding the distribution of his assets.
A will is in effect when signed by the person making the will but does not become operative until that person dies. A will may be revoked at any time prior to death by the execution of a subsequent will or codicil or by destruction of the will itself by the testator (the person who signed the will). The document admitted to probate will be the last will signed by the testator.
There is no requirement that a will be witnessed by anyone at the time of execution. However, after the death of the testator, two witnesses, either subscribing witnesses or non-subscribing witnesses, must verify the signature on the document as the signature of the testator. A will witnessed by subscribing witnesses at the time of execution can better survive a will contest because the testator's legal capacity to make a will can be verified more easily. Wills can be made self-proving if the testator and two subscribing witnesses sign proper acknowledgements at the time of execution. A self-proving will eliminates the necessity for witnesses to prove the execution of the will after the death of the decedent.
The disposition of one's property is determined by many personal factors, including family, personal relationships and interests in charities. A will should be changed when those relationships change. Examples of this could be divorce or death.
Before an individual or institution is legally qualified to take possession of the assets of a decedent, he or she must have proper authorization to administer the assets of the decedent. The Register of Wills grants this authority in a document called Letters Testamentary after the will has been probated (proven to be authentic).
Once an individual or institution has court authorization to take possession of any assets, a short certified may be required before those assets can be released. As many short certificates as necessary may be purchased from the Register of Wills Office after the formal opening of an estate.
Typically, a valid will does not avoid Pennsylvania Inheritance Taxes upon the death of the decedent. Since 2000, the Register of Wills of York County has collected and remitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue more than $427 million in Pennsylvania inheritance taxes collected from estates administered in York County.
No. Anyone may write a will for himself or herself. However, professional assistance in writing a will is highly recommended in order to avoid errors and omissions in the document.
There are several possible reasons for this. Please remember that training is sponsored by and certificates provided through DDAP. Delays in obtaining your certificate are common as a result of one of two things:
Please refer to the GIS Agreement document that is linked above on the page. The GIS Agreement is a required document that must be signed by your municipality's elected official prior to the creation of your intial Special Needs Registry GIS map. This document provides security for the uses of the data contained in the map.
Once you've received copies of the Resident Sign-Up Form, your municipality will need to type that information into the required Excel spreadsheet that was distributed to each municipality. Once your data is typed into the Excel spreadsheet, you can begin the process for having your data mapped.
If your municipality does not have a copy of the required Excel form, you may use the following contact information to receive it:
No. It is the municipality's responsibility to enter resident data from the paper sign-up sheet, to the required Excel spreadsheet.
Please refer to the Municipal Codes information. Find your municipality name, and then enter the two-digit code for your municipality in the "ID Municipal Number" field. Please make sure you choose the code associated with your municipality's name - NOT the mailing address of your citizens! (Ex: Mailing address is York, PA - but the municipality is West Manchester Township. Choose West Manchester Township's code.)
(Ex: Mailing address is York - municipality is Manchester): The Township/City/borough field should reflect your mailing address (Ex: citizen living in Manchester Township still has a mailing address of York - put York in this field)
The answer to this is at the discretion of each municipality -- there is no set amount of residents required to have maps created.
Updates are the responsibility of each municipality. How information is updated (phone calls to participating residents, advertisements in newsletters or at community events, mailings) is also up to the individual municipalities.
This is at the discretion of the municipality. Some municipalities may do it once every six months, while others may prefer to do it once a year.
Once you feel you have collected enough resident sign up sheets, have entered all of your resident data into the Excel spreadsheet, and have had your elected official sign the GIS Agreement you can use the following contact information to begin the mapping process:
Please use the following contact information if you have questions about any part of the ECRIN process:
Several municipalities have published the resident sign-up form and information on the program, in their semi-annual newsletters (York City, West Manchester Township, Dillsburg Borough, and Manchester Township, to name a few), while others have done mailing inserts with the annual tax bill (West York Borough), or published information about it in the local newspapers (Yoe Borough). Some municipalities are also planning on advertising the program at community events.
To date, the mailing included in the annual tax bill seems to have generated the most responses.