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Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts

Prothonotary Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. Where is the Prothonotary's Office Located?
A. On the Main Floor of the Bedford County Courthouse, 200 South Juliana Street,  Suite 105. From Penn Street entrance continue straight back to last office in the hallway.

Q. What is the mailing address for the Prothonotary's Office?
A. 200 South Juliana Street, Bedford County Courthouse, Bedford, PA 15522

Q. Does the Prothonotoary's office take personal checks?
A. Yes, we will also accept moncy orders or cash

Q. How do I appeal a District Justice Judgment for money?
A. Individuals and business have 30 days from the date the judgment is entered to appeal. The appeal form can be obtained through this office with basic instructions. A filing fee is required at the time the appeal is filed. One the appeal is filed, please seek legal counsel.

Q. How do I appeal a District Justice Judgment for a Landlord/Tenant Judgment for Possession?
A. Individuals have 10 days from the date the judgment was entered to file an appeal if they wish to stay in the property. A filing fee is required at the time the appeal is filed. A bond, in the form of either cash or money order, is required at the time of filing the appeal, which consists of the money amount in arrears or three months' rent, whichever is less. This bond must be paid at the time appeal is filed. Once the appeal is filed, seek legal counsel.

Q. How do I appeal a Driver's License or Vehicle Registration suspension?
A. Individuals have 30 days from the date of the letter from PennDOT to appeal. Appeal forms are available at this office with basic instructions. A filing fee is required at the time of filing the appeals. One the appeal is filed, please seek legal counsel.

Q. What fypes of liens and judgments are filed in the Prothonotary's office?
A. The following liens and judgments are filed in the Prothonotary's office:
          Lien Types: Federal Tax Lien - State Tax Lien - Municipal Lien
          Judgment Types: Confession of Judgments - Default Judgments - District Justice Judgments

Q. How do I change my child's last name?
A. If the biological father's name is on the original birth certificate and the child is under the age of 5, you can complete the information on the back of the birth certificate and send it to the Office of Vital Statistics at (724) 656-3100

Q. How do I retake my maiden name?
A. You may retake your maiden name through this office if a divorce action is filed within this County. You may also retake your maiden name if your divorce action was filed in another county or state. If your divorce was either out of county or out of state you will need to obtain a certified copy of the divorce decree from that jurisdiction and file it with this office. After filing this certified decree then you can file the form to retake your maiden name. The maiden name form is available at the Prothonotary's office. A filing fee is required at the time if filing these documents.

Q. How do I change my name?
A. To change your name, you must Petition the Court. Contact legal counsel or research the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure in the law library, located in the courthouse to prepare your documents. A filing fee is required.

Q. Are there any forms for filing for you own custody action?
A. The forms are on the County's webpage.

Q. What do I need to apply for a Marriage License?
A. The information is on the County's webpage.