COVID-19 Response

March 17, 2020

Juniata County, due to a State of Emergency, has implemented the following protective measures effective 8 a.m. March 18, 2020. The preventive measures are in place to protect the health and safety of the residents of Juniata County. All days and hours of operation remain unchanged.

Security: The public entry point for all Courthouse business will remain at the Bridge Street entrance for essential transactions only. The handicapped entrance remains at the rear of the Courthouse. Entrance doors for the Annex and Bousum Buildings and other offsite facilities will be locked. However, staff will be available for essential business and to receive phone calls and emails.

Drop Off/Pick Up Area: The drop off and pick up area for essential documents will be at the Bridge Street entrance.

Specific instructions may be listed below for some offices. If you have any questions, please call the listed phone number for help.

For detail contact information, including emails, please visit the Juniata County Directory.

Assessment Office: 717 436-7740

Attorneys: Please contact the applicable office.

Children & Youth: 717 436-7707

Commissioners: 717 436-7704

Court Administration: 717 582-5143

District Attorney: 717 436-7725

District Magistrate (Mifflintown Office): 717 436-7722

District Magistrate (Port Royal Office): 717 527-4949

Judicial Administrative Order

The President Judge has ordered changes in electronic filing and scheduling of hearings during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency effective immediately in the 41st Judicial District as indicated in the March 18th Emergency Judicial Order No. AD5-2020 which states the order shall be in effect until April 14th, 2020.

Judicial Emergency Declaration

The President Judge has declared a Judicial Emergency in the 41st Judicial District as indicated in the March 17th Emergency Judicial Order No. AD4-2020 which states the order shall be in effect until April 14th, 2020, due to COVID-19.

Domestic Relations: 717 436-7750

Elections: 717 436-7706

Emergency Management: 717 436-7770

Fiscal Department: 717 436-7776

GIS Department: 717 436-7764

Human Services: 717 242-5452

Penn State Extension: 717 436-7744

Planning Department: 717 436-7729

Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts: 717 436-7715

Filing of documents: Filing of documents is to be done by mail if possible. If you need documents filed within a specific time limit, bins will be placed at the courthouse main entrance. Please put your documents and appropriate fees if needed in an envelope and deposit them in the appropriate bin. Bins will be checked hourly and documents will be filed in a timely manner. All copies will be mailed back to the appropriate parties.

Forms: Forms for Pennsylvania citizens, judiciary and law enforcement can be found at If the form you need is not available on-line, please call our office at (717)436-7715 and check if they are available here and we will mail the forms to you.

Passports: Passport applications will be accepted by appointment only. Please call our office at (717)436-7715 to schedule a date and time. Have all necessary documents ready. Applications can be printed off the US Passport Agency’s website.

Probation and Parole: 717 436-7716

Register and Recorders Office,
Orphan’s Court,
Marriage License Applicants: 717 436-7709


Recording: Mail in documents is the preferred method and the most convenient/safest for all involved. For walk-ins a drop off box will be located at the entrance of the courthouse for recording land records. The documents will be processed in the order that they are received. Documents will be returned either by mail or the recorder’s office will call the customer to schedule a pick-up time.

Notary Public Commissions: Please contact the Recorder of Deeds office to make an appointment to be sworn-in for your commission.


Probates/Estates: Please make an appointment if you need to probate. Appointments can be made by calling the Register and Recorder’s Office at (717)436-7709. When you call to make your appointment, arrangements will be made on how to proceed.

Inheritance Tax Payments: Please mail in payments to the Juniata County Register and Recorder’s Office. Receipts will be mailed to the customer.


Marriage License Applicants: All applications will need to be completed through the marriage license online application process located on the Juniata County website under Clerk of Orphans’ Court. Applicants will need to schedule an appointment by calling the office at (717)436-7709 to finish the application process. The license will then be mailed or can be picked up at the Register and Recorder’s Office after the three-day waiting period.

Certified Copies of Marriage Licenses: Requests can be made by calling (717)436-7709. Please make arrangements with the Juniata County Register and Recorder’s Office to pick up your certified copy. The office requires the exact amount due of $5.00 when picking up a certified copy of a marriage license. Requests can also be mailed to the Juniata County Register and Recorder’s Office. Mail-in requests are preferred for the safety of our citizens. For mail-in requests please provide the individuals names and date of marriage along with the $5.00 fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope.


Record requests/Title Searchers: It is recommended by the Juniata County Register and Recorder’s Office that searches are done remotely. Please visit for access to land records. Files and recordings that are not available online can be ordered by calling the Juniata County Register and Recorder’s Office at (717)436-7709 or by emailing

Sheriff’s Office Including Gun Permits: Please call 717 436-2213

Tax Claim: 717 436-7705

Treasurer’s Office including Fishing, Hunting, and Dog Licenses: 717 436-7742

Veteran’s Affairs: 717 436-7728