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Clearfield County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Clearfield County Public Records?

According to Pennsylvania's right-to-know laws, Clearfield County public records contain information created, received, or retained by a government agency in relation to government business and activities. Public records can be written or typed documents, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, video or sound recordings, and information stored or maintained electronically.

Some public records may be sealed by court or statute, these records may have part of it redacted or the whole record restricted from public access. Examples of such documents include:

  • Any records the disclosure of which would result in the loss of federal or state funds by an agency.
  • A record regarding computer hardware, software, and networks, including administrative or technical records, which, if disclosed, would likely jeopardize computer security.
  • A record containing information that would disclose individually identifiable medical and other health information.
  • A record that constitutes or reveals a trade secret or confidential proprietary information.
  • Any record with information the disclosure of which likely result in a substantial and demonstrable risk of physical harm to or the personal security of an individual

Public city records may also be accessible from third-party websites. Record seekers may use these non-governmental platforms to search for a specific record or multiple city records. However, users will need to provide enough information to assist with the search, such as:

  • The address of the requestor
  • A case number or file number (if known)
  • The location of the document or person involved
  • The name of the subject involved in the record (not juvenile)
  • The last known or current address of the registrant.

Note: Government agencies do not sponsor third-party sites. Because of this, record availability and results may vary.

Clearfield County Crime Statistics

The Clearfield County Sheriff’s Office compiles yearly crime data for Clearfield County. These statistics are submitted to the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and added to the statewide database, the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting system (PUCR). According to the PUCR, between 2019 and 2020, cases of robbery and arson increased by 16.7% and 25%, respectively. Cases of murder also increased from 0 to 2 cases. In contrast, cases of rape, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and vehicle theft decreased by 45.6%, 34.95, 43%, 25.3%, and 29%, respectively.

Are Clearfield County’s Criminal Records Public?

Under the Pennsylvania right-to-know law, not every criminal record is considered a public record. Some may be exempted by law or sealed by a court. Criminal records and background checks can be obtained from the Pennsylvania State Police(PSP) by mail or online. Criminal record checks can be obtained by downloading and mailing any application forms available in the criminal history check section of the PSP website. Requesters can send the completed application forms and the fees to the PSP at:

Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository - RCPU
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9758

Interested parties can also find information on fees for the background checks on the criminal history check webpage. Criminal history checks can also be obtained online at the Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (PATCH) portal. Requesters may register on the website, perform the criminal record history search and print out the results from the website. Requesters who require any help with the PATCH online database may call the help desk at (888) 783-7972.

Residents can also obtain police reports and other records in the custody of the law enforcement agencies operating in Clearfield County by contacting the custodial department.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Clearfield County

Members of the public can obtain sex offender information for residents of Clearfield County from the Pennsylvania State Meagan’s Law website. The offender search tab on the website allows users to search for offenders using criteria including name, city, county, zip-code, compliances, and violence. Residents may also register on the website to receive updates when an offender moves within a specific area, changes address, or other information.

How to Find Clearfield County Inmate Records

Clearfield County Inmate Records can be obtained online using the Inmate Locator operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. The search tool allows users to search for inmate information using various parameters such as name, race, ethnicity, age, inmate number, arresting county, and current location. Information on inmates may also be obtained by calling the jail at (814) 765-7891.

Inmates arrested in Clearfield County are usually housed in the Clearfield County Jail situated at 115 Twenty-First St in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. Visitation at the facility takes place six days a week from Tuesday to Sunday, and visits last thirty minutes. Visits in the facility are scheduled according to the housing units.

Court Records

Court records for proceedings that occurred in Clearfield County can be obtained from the Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts of Clearfield County. The prothonotary/county clerk is in charge of all criminal and civil court-related documents in the county. Residents can also look up court records online on the Pennsylvania Judiciary Web Portal.

Locations of Courts in Clearfield County

The names, locations, and contact details of the courts in Clearfield County are listed below:

Clearfield County Courthouse
1 N Second St, P.O. Box 549, Clearfield, PA 16830
Phone: (814) 765-2641
Fax: (814) 765-7649

Clearfield County Orphans' Court
Clearfield County Courthouse
1 N Second St, P.O. Box 361, Clearfield, PA 16830
Phone: (814) 765-2641
Fax: (814) 765-6089

Magisterial District Courts in Clearfield County
Clearfield County Magisterial District Court 46-3-01
309 Maple Ave, P.O. Box 452, DuBois, PA 15801
Phone: (814) 371-5321
Fax: (814) 371-5323

This court serves the City of Dubois, Bloom Township, Brady Township, Falls Creek Borough, Huston Township, Pine Township, Sandy Township, Troutville Borough, and Union Township.

Clearfield County Magisterial District Court 46-3-02
900 Leonard St, Clearfield, PA 16830
Phone: (814) 765-5335
Fax: (814) 765-0386

This court serves Clearfield Borough, Curwensville Borough, Lawrence Township, and Pike Township.

Clearfield County Magisterial District Court 46-3-03
131 Rolling Stone Rd, P.O. Box 210, Kylertown, PA 16847
Phone: (814) 345-6789
Fax: (814) 345-6444

This court serves Bradford Township, Chester Hill Borough, Cooper Township, Covington Township, Decatur Township, Girard Township, Goshen Township, Graham Township, Karthaus Township, Morris Township, and Osceola Borough.

Clearfield County Magisterial District Court 46-3-04
251 Spring St, #3, P.O. Box 362, Houtzdale, PA 16651
Phone: (814) 378-7160
Fax: (814) 378-7165

This court serves the Boroughs of Brisbin, Burnside, Coalport, Glen Hope, Grampian, Houtzdale, Irvona, Lumber City, Mahaffey, New Washington, Newburg, Ramey, Wallaceton, and Westover; and the Townships of Beccaria, Bell, Bigler, Boggs, Burnside, Chest, Ferguson, Greenwood, Gulich, Jordan, Knox, Penn, and Woodward.

Are Clearfield County Court Records Public?

According to Pennsylvania’s right-to-know laws, not every Clearfield County court record is a public record. Some court records are restricted by statute or sealed by a court order. These records would hereby be restricted from public access. Juvenile court cases and other cases involving minors are examples of some types of cases that are restricted from public access.

Can You Look Up a Clearfield County Court Case Online?

Court Records for Clearfield County can be looked up online using the Pennsylvania Judiciary Web Portal. Users will be required to register for an account on the website to use its services which include paying court fees online and searching case information and records.

How to Obtain Clearfield County Civil Court Case Records

Civil court records for Clearfield county can be obtained from Clearfield County Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts. Requests can be made orally or by submitting a written request to the clerk of courts at:

Clearfield County Courthouse
1 North Second St.
Clearfield, PA 16830
Phone: (814) 765-2641 extension 5013

Requests must be made to the clerk of court’s office during regular office hours. Requesters must provide enough information for staff to locate the record. Civil case information can also be located online using the case search function on the Pennsylvania Judiciary Web Portal. Printing out paper copies of the record will cost the requester $0.25.

How to Obtain Clearfield County Criminal Court Records

County residents can obtain criminal Court case records and information in person from the Clerks of Courts/Prothonotary of Clearfield County. Criminal case information can also be obtained online using the Pennsylvania Judiciary Web Portal case information tab. Requesters may request the record at the clerk of court’s office verbally or in writing and provide enough information for the record to be found. Records requests made in-person must be made during office hours at the clerk’s office located at:

Clearfield County Courthouse
1 North Second St.
1st Floor
Clearfield, PA 16830

The fee for copies of criminal records from the clerk of the court’s office is $0.25 per page. For questions or inquiries, requesters may call the office at (814) 765-2641 Ext: 5014.

Conducting a search is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.

What are Clearfield County Vital Records?

Vital records for Clearfield County are the records compiled by the county’s agencies that record the life events that have occurred within it. These are the records of events such as births, death, marriages, and divorces that have occurred in the county. These vital records can be obtained from their custodians in the county including, the clerk of courts/prothonotary and the register of wills. Some vital records can also be obtained from the Pennsylvania State Department of Health.

Where and How to Obtain Clearfield County Divorce Records

Interested parties can obtain divorce records for Clearfield County from the Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts for Clearfield County. Divorce records and other civil court case information are usually filed and maintained by the Prothonotary. Requests can be made in person or by mailing a written request to their office at:

1 North Second St.
1st Floor
Clearfield, PA 16830
Phone: (814) 765-2641 Ext. 2136
Phone: (814) 765-2641 Ext. 5014

Written requests can also be mailed to the Clearfield County Prothonotary at:

P.O. Box 549,
Clearfield, PA 16830

Written requests should contain information such as the names of the parties in the divorce, case number, date, and location where the divorce was heard. Certified copies of divorce records will cost the request $3.00 for each copy.

Where and How to Get Marriage Records in Clearfield County

Marriage records for Clearfield County can be obtained from the Register of Wills for Clearfield County. The records can be acquired from the register by contacting them in person or by mail. Requesters may go in person during office hours of Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to the register of wills courthouse office at:

Register of Wills-Clerk of Orphans’ Court
Suite #103
1 North Second Street
Clearfield, PA 16830

Or by mailing a written request to:

Register of Wills-Clerk of Orphans’ Court
P.O. Box 361
Clearfield, PA 16830

Certified copies of marriage records from the Register of Wills cost $1 per copy. Requesters with any questions may contact the office at (814) 765-2641 Ext: 5012.

Where and How to Find Clearfield County Birth Records

Records for births that occurred in Clearfield County can be obtained from the Division of Vital Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Birth records in Pennsylvania are restricted records and will only be issued to eligible persons who show valid identification, namely:

  • The person named on the birth certificate (the registrant)
  • Spouse or domestic partner
  • Parent or step-parent. The step-parent is required to submit a marriage certificate as evidence to support the relationship to the person named on the birth certificate
  • Siblings and half-siblings (brothers, half-brothers, etc)
  • children
  • Step-son or step-daughter (step-children must submit the parent's marriage certificate to support the relationship to the registrant)
  • Grandparents or great-grandparents
  • Grandchildren or great-grandchildren
  • An individual who has the power of Attorney
  • Attorney or legal representative of the person named on the birth certificate (must provide supporting documentation)
  • If the person listed on the birth certificate is deceased, any family member who is not listed above must also submit a copy of the death certificate to be eligible to receive the birth certificate

Any requester must also show or include a copy of Valid Identification from the government-approved list during a birth certificate application.

Obtaining Copies of Clearfield County Birth Certificates

Certified copies of the Clearfield birth certificates can be obtained from the division of vital records in person or by mail. Birth certificates can be obtained from any of the vital record public office locations. These offices offer walk-in application services from Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. apart from holidays. Requesters will be required to fill and submit the application and pay the fees at the office to receive the birth certificate. To order by mail, requesters are required to fill out, sign, and submit the birth certificate application and photocopy of valid identification to:

Division of Vital Records
Birth Certificate Processing Unit
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

The cost for a certified copy of a birth certificate for Clearfield is a non-refundable fee of $20. If the information provided by the request does not lead to identifying or locating a record, a certified "No Record Certification of Birth" is issued. When applying by mail, payment can be made by check or money orders while in-person requesters may pay using credit cards, checks, or money orders. All checks and money orders for the correct fees must be made payable to "VITAL RECORDS." In-person requests are usually completed same-day while requests by mail are processed in 2 weeks.

Residents can also order birth certificates via the state’s online vital record ordering website. Online orders from the state’s official website will cost $20 for the record plus an additional $10 processing and any further shipping costs. Payments on the online service are made by credit card. Online orders are usually processed three weeks from the day of receipt of the request.

Where and How to Find Clearfield County Death Records

The Division of Vital Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health responds to death record requests and issues records to eligible requesters. The office has death records from 1906 to the present in their custody. Records can be obtained from the vital records division by mail, in person, or online. Death records, however, are restricted records and will only be issued to one of the following eligible persons who show identification:

  • Spouse of the deceased
  • The ex-spouse of the deceased. An ex-spouse must provide documentation to establish direct interest.
  • Parent or step-parent. The step-parent must also submit a marriage certificate to support the relationship to the person named on the death certificate.
  • Siblings and step-siblings (sisters, brothers, step-brothers, etc)
  • Children of the deceased
  • Step-children of the deceased (requester must submit their parent's marriage certificate as proof to support the relationship)
  • Grandparent or great-grandparent of the deceased
  • Grandchildren or great-grandchildren of the deceased
  • An individual possessing power of Attorney (with documentation)
  • The Attorney or legal representative of the deceased's estate (requester must provide supporting documentation)
  • Representative of the deceased's estate (must provide documentation to prove and establish direct interest)
  • Individual showing a direct financial interest to the deceased (must provide documentation to support direct interest)
  • A government office that has assumed administration of a deceased’s estate (must provide a letter signed by an official of the government office indicating the purpose for which the applicant is being retained and identifying the estate involved).
  • An extended family member who indicates a direct relationship to the deceased (documentation may be required).

Requesters must provide either one valid government-issued photo identification or two current documents that verify their name and address from the approved list of acceptable identification.

Death certificates can be ordered by mailing a completed and signed Death Certificate Application form, a photocopy of valid identification, and the appropriate fees to:

Division of Vital Records
Death Certificate Processing Unit
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

In-person orders can be paid for in credit cards, checks, and money orders. Fees are non-refundable, and if a record cannot be found or located using the information provided, the requester receives a certified "No Record Certification of Death."

Death certificates can also be acquired online using the state’s online vital record ordering system. Requesters may simply visit the website, select death certificates, and follow the instructions to make their order. Fees for ordering online are $20 for each copy of the record, an additional $10 processing fee, and any mailing charges. Payments can be made online on the site using a credit card. Requesters with any questions may call the office at (724) 656-3100 or toll-free at (844) 228-3516 or use the online contact form. Mailed requests are usually processed four weeks from the delivery date, while online orders take three weeks from receipt of the order.