Welcome to The Prothonotary of Lancaster 

***NOTICE***

Per the AOPC, effective January 1, 2024, the AOPC  fee has increased from $9.50 to $10.00.

** On November 1, 2023, Governor Josh Shapiro reauthorized the collection of the temporary surcharge portion of the Judicial Computer Project/Access to Justice/Criminal Justice Enhancement/Office of Attorney General (JCP/ATJ/CJEA/OAG) fee.  Effective immediately, the reinstated fee of $40.25 is again being collected for all cases. **

Prothonotary Notices 


  • EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 30th, 2023, THE LANCASTER COUNTY PROTHONOTARY WILL BE MOVING TO AN INHOUSE E-FILING SYSTEM.  REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 30, 2023. THE NEW SYSTEM WILL ALLOW US TO SERVE YOU BETTER AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE.  NEW E-FILING (click here). 

FEE BILL FLYER (2)

LANCASTER COUNTY PROTHONOTARY WILL BE IMPLEMENTING A NEW FEE BILL STARTING OCTOBER 30TH, 2023. HERE IS A PREVIEW OF THE FEE BILL.


  • EFFECTIVE MONDAY,  OCTOBER 17, 2022, THE LANCASTER COUNTY PROTHONOTARY WILL BE ACCEPTING ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS FOR ANY TRANSACTION; EXCLUDING U.S DEPARTMENT OF STATE PASSPORT FEES. A CONVENIENCE FEE PAID DIRECTLY TO THE CREDIT CARD PROCESSOR WILL BE APPLIED AT THE RATE OF 2.19% FOR CREDIT CARD AND 1.79% FOR DEBIT.             

                           

                                                       
PRIOR TO FILING WITH THE PROTHONOTARY OFFICE, PLEASE REFER TO THE PA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE AND LANCASTER LOCAL RULES OF COURT FOR APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTS AND RULES.


About the Prothonotary

The Office of Prothonotary is responsible for the recording and filing of legal papers for the civil side of the court system. These legal papers and documents can include topics and issues such as:


  • Accepts passport applications
  • Administers oaths
  • Appeals
  • Change of names
  • Civil actions
  • Conducts ceremonies for naturalization
  • Custody
  • Divorce
  • Issues certificates
  • Judgments
  • Mechanical, municipal, county, and state and federal income tax liens
  • Mental commitments
  • Mortgage foreclosures
  • Petitions for opening ballot boxes on recounts
  • Power of attorney registrations
  • Protection from abuse
  • Quiet titles
  • School audit reports
  • Treasurer sale deed records


Mission: To fulfill the statutory responsibilities in as efficient, cost effective manner as possible, while focusing on providing exemplary customer service and utilizing automation to achieve both efficiencies as well as improved public access to the civil record of the court.