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Erie County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Criminal Records

The Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository maintains criminal history records for Erie County and the rest of he state. Members of the public can obtain criminal history records of Erie County by querying the RCPU. The Office of the Clerk of Courts of Erie County also provides public access to criminal court records.

How to Get Criminal Records

The Pennsylvania State Police processes requests for background checks. Interested parties may access these records by submitting a request form to the Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository or by using the Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History database (PATCH). Interested members of the public can obtain full criminal history records by sending a completed, notarized Criminal Record Check Form along with the applicable fees (as indicated on the form) to:

Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository - RCPU
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9758
Toll Number: (888) 783-7972

Respondents may also self-serve online using the PATCH platform. Searches can be conducted using the personal information of the subject and require a non-refundable credit card payment of $22.

How to Find Sex Offender Information

All information pertaining to sex offenders residing within the State of Pennslyvania is managed by the Pennsylvania State Police Department and can be found on the states Megans Law Website. This information falls under the public record umbrella and may be used to obtain information of sex offenders domiciled in Erie County. Additionally, interested parties can stay up to date about sex offender information by registering for the Pennsylvania State Police electronic notification system.

How to Find Inmate and Jail Information

The Erie County prison division provides information about bails, bonds and charge description on its web page. This information can also be accessed by calling the Erie County prison on (814) 451-7500. Alternatively, interested persons may contact the Erie County Sheriff's Office holding and transport division for information about incarcerated persons with pending court appearances. Queries may be made to:

Erie County Courthouse,
140 West Sixth Street,
Erie, PA 16501
(814) 451-6000
(814) 451-6237

Respondents may also self-serve using the Inmate Locator of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Searches can be performed using the name of the inmate to retrieve information about their date of birth and jail location.

Court Records

Where and How to Get Court Records

The Office of the Clerk of Records serves as the primary custodian of all court records of cases filed within its jurisdiction. It processes requests to view and/copy these records through its respective departments.

Criminal Records

The Department of the Clerk of Courts attends to public requests for criminal case records of adults. Interested parties may obtain these records by sending a record request along with a search fee of $10 to:

Erie County Clerk of Courts
Erie County Courthouse, Room 103
140 West 6th Street
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: (814) 451-6221

Respondents may also choose to self-serve in the Courts Clerk office for free or access the records online using the states case information database.

Civil Records

All civil case records are maintained and issued by the Prothonotary which is the Clerk of the Civil Division. Requests to obtain civil records must then be directed to:

Erie County Prothonotary
Erie County Courthouse, Room 120
140 West 6th Street
Erie, PA 16501
(814) 451-6250
(814) 451-6237
Email: prothonotary@eriecountypa.gov

Property Records

The Department of the Recorder of Deeds of the Clerk of Records is tasked with recording and disseminating real estate property records for/to interested members of the public.

These records can be accessed by sending a written request along with relevant property/record information to:

Recorder of Deeds
140 West 6th Street
Rm. 121
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: (814) 451-6246
Fax: (814) 451-6213
Email: recorder@eriecountypa.gov

Alternatively, interested parties may access the required record online using the county property index records.

Location of All Courts in County

Listed below are the locations for all the courts in Erie County:

County Court of Common Pleas

Erie County Courthouse
140 W 6th St,
#120, Erie, PA 16501
Phone: (814) 451-6250
Fax: (814) 451-6213

Magisterial District Courts

Erie County Magisterial District Court (Ward 1&4)
824 E 6th St,
Erie, PA 16507
Phone: (814) 451-6524
Fax: (814) 451-6515

Erie County Magisterial District Court (2nd Ward)
1021 Parade St,
Erie, PA 16503
Phone: (814) 451-6530
Fax: (814) 451-6512

Erie County Magisterial District Court (Ward 3&4)
809 W 12th St,
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: (814) 451-6528
Fax: (814) 451-6529

Erie County Magisterial District Court (5th ward)
460 E 26th St,
Erie, PA 16504
Phone: (814) 451-6522
Fax: (814) 451-6523

Erie County Magisterial District Court (6th ward)
1571 W 38th St,
Erie, PA 16508
Phone: (814) 451-6520
Fax: (814) 451-6514

Erie County Magisterial District Court (Millcreek township)
3608 W 26th St,
#104, Erie, PA 16506
Phone: (814) 451-6518
Fax: (814) 451-6519

Erie County Magisterial District Court 06-2-04
732 Worth St, Corry, PA 16407
Phone: (814) 665-7285
Fax: (814) 664-3919

Erie County Magisterial District Court 06-3-01
3921 Buffalo Rd,
Erie, PA 16510
Phone: (814) 451-6516
Fax: (814) 451-7499

Erie County Magisterial District Court 06-3-02
10300 W Main Rd,
P.O. Box 8, North East, PA 16428
Phone: (814) 725-9693
Fax: (814) 725-9695

Erie County Magisterial District Court 06-3-03
9333 Tate Rd,
#109, Erie, PA 16509
Phone: (814) 451-6511
Fax: (814) 451-7417

Erie County Magisterial District Court 06-3-05
1230 Townhall Rd West,
#300, Erie, PA 16509
Phone: (814) 451-6532
Fax: (814) 866-1021

Erie County Magisterial District Court 06-3-06
8952 Main St,
P.O. Box 53, McKean, PA 16426
Phone: (814) 476-7734
Fax: (814) 476-7735

Erie County Magisterial District Court 06-3-08
6880 Route 215,
P.O. Box 157, East Springfield, PA 16411
Phone: (814) 922-7117
Fax: (814) 922-7118

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Vital Records

The Pennsylvania Department of Health maintains a state-wide database of births and deaths and processes requests relating to birth and death records within the state. However, other vital records including divorce and marriage records may only be accessed through the Office of the Clerk of Records in the county where the marriage license was issued or the divorce was granted.

Where and How to Get Divorce Records

Like other civil records, divorce records in Erie County are maintained and issued by the Prothonotary, which is the Clerk of the Civil Division of the Court of Common Pleas of the County. Interested persons may obtain copies of divorce records by sending a written request along with information of the registrants to:

Erie County Prothonotary
Erie County Courthouse, Room 120
140 West 6th Street
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: (814) 451-6250
TDD: (814) 451-6237
Email: prothonotary@eriecountypa.gov

Where and How to Get Marriage Records

The Register of Wills operates a Marriage Licence Bureau department which maintains and issues marriage licenses and records within the County of Erie.

Certified copies of marriage records and licenses can be obtained by sending a completed Request For Marriage License form along with a cashiers check of $20 (made payable to the Clerk of Records) to:

Marriage Bureau Room 123
Erie County Courthouse
140 W 6th Street
Erie, PA 16501

Alternatively, requests for marriage records from 1885 to present can be sent to:

County of Erie Marriage Records
Clerk of Records
Room 123, Erie County Courthouse
140 W 6th St.
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: (814) 451-6264

Where and How to Get Death & Birth Records

While the Pennsylvania Department of Health is the primary repository of death and birth records of the state, some county-run departments proving records of deaths and births within specific dates.

Take note that only the registrant, an immediate family member, parents/legal guardians, court-approved persons, and an attorney or legal representative can request copies of birth or death certificates of births or deaths before 1906.

Copies of birth records (from 1906 to present) can be obtained by sending a written request accompanied by details of the registrant, a government issued ID and payment of $20 to:

Pennsylvania Births
Bureau of Vital Statistics
1910 West 26th Street
Erie, PA 16508
(844) 228-3516 toll free
Phone: (724) 656-310

For births prior to 1905 but no later than 1893, the payment or cheque of $20 must be made to the Clerk of Records and other relevant information sent to:

County of Erie Births
Clerk of Records
Room 122, Erie County Courthouse
140 W 6th St.
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: (814) 451-6264

And for birth records of from 1888 through 1905 record requests may be sent to:

Erie County Historical Society
356 West 6
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: (814) 454-1813

Similarly, Copies of death records from 1906 to present can be obtained by sending a request along with relevant information and applicable fees to:

Pennsylvania Deaths
Bureau of Vital Statistics
1910 West 26th Street
Erie, PA 16508
(844) 228-3516 toll free
Phone: (724) 656-3100

On the other hand, requests for records of deaths from 1894 to 1905 can be sent to:

Erie County Historical Society
356 West 6
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: (814) 454-1813

While records of deaths from 1893 through 1905 can be obtained from:

Clerk of Records
Room 122, Erie County Courthouse
140 W 6th St.
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: (814) 451-6264