May 4, 2020 County Offices Public Access Guidelines



For Courthouse and Annex Building:

  • Everyone needs an appointment. Call ahead. Deputies will have a list of who is allowed in the Courthouse and Annex Building each day.
  • Everyone must wear a mask.
  • No one can bring bags, backpacks, laptops, brief cases.
  • No one will be allowed to go from one department to another. They must have a separate appointment for each office they visit.
  • Time will be limited per department.
  • Only the person doing business is allowed in.
  • Business that can be conducted by phone will continue to operate in that manner.
  • Information will also be posted on county website.

Appointments for Sheriff: 570-389-5622

  • Appointments will be from 9AM – 3PM.

Appointments for Treasurer: 570-389-5626

  • Most business can be completed online
  • Appointments will be from 9AM – 3PM.

Appointments for Tax & Assessment: 570-389-5642

  • Appointments will be from 9AM – 3PM.
  • Use lock box in vestibule, mail or pay online for tax payments.
  • Lien Certificates can be dropped off at vestibule
  • Property record card or tax maps:

Appointments for Prothonotary: 570-389-5619 (Click Here For Guidelines)

  • One (1) searcher at a time: 9AM – 3PM
    • 45 minutes time limit
    • Clerks will bring files to you
  • Marriage Licenses: Columbia County residents ONLY.
    • 10:00AM – 2:00PM, Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Must have all documentation with you
  • Passports
    • 10:00AM – 2:00PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Must have all documentation with you

Appointments for Register & Recorder: 570-389-5634 (Click Here For Guidelines)

  • Title Search – two (2) at a time
    • 50 Minutes time limit
    • One search per organization per day
  • Recording/Filing: Current practice of dropping off or mailing will continue
  • Probate
    • Paperwork must be emailed/faxes to office prior to appointment
    • Witness forms, Renunciations, etc must be notarized prior to appointment
    • All photocopies of drivers’ licenses are to copied ahead of time

Appointments for Planning: 570-389-9146, Ext. 1

Appointments for GIS: 570-387-4930


**All rules are subject to change as we continue to monitor the Pandemic and its impact.**