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Court of Common Pleas - Criminal
PO Box 2746
201 W Market St, #1400
West Chester, PA 19382 www.chesco.org/index.aspx?nid=202
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-344-6135
F: 610-344-6605
No credit cards accepted for record copies or searches, etc.
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor
Restricted Records: No juvenile records released
Court of Common Pleas - Civil
PO Box 2748
201 W Market St
West Chester, PA 19382 www.chesco.org/index.aspx?NID=1333
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-344-6300
F: n/a
Jurisdiction: Civil, Eviction
Restricted Records: No sealed records released
Note that the civil records clerk of the Court of Common Pleas is called the Prothonotary.
Magisterial District Court 15-1-01
201 West Market Street, Suite 1307
P.O. Box 2746
West Chester, PA 19380
P: 610-431-4814
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction, Dismissed Misdemeanor, Certain Traffic, Ordinance
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also they go to the Court of Common Pleas cases are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-1-02
1572 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380
P: 610-430-1966
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction, Dismissed Misdemeanor, Certain Traffic, Ordinance
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also they go to the Court of Common Pleas cases are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-1-03
256 East Lincoln Highway
Coatesville, PA 19320
P: 610-384-3159
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction, Dismissed Misdemeanor, Certain Traffic, Ordinance
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also they go to the Court of Common Pleas cases are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-1-04
2 North High Street, Suite 100
West Chester, PA 19380
P: 610-344-6622
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction, Dismissed Misdemeanor, Certain Traffic, Ordinance
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also they go to the Court of Common Pleas cases are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-1-05
Highlands Corporate Center
615 Sands Court
Coatesville, PA 19320
P: 610-380-3325
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction, Dismissed Misdemeanor, Certain Traffic, Ordinance
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also they go to the Court of Common Pleas cases are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-2-01
347 Bridge Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460
P: 610-935-1503
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction, Dismissed Misdemeanor, Certain Traffic, Ordinance
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also they go to the Court of Common Pleas cases are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-2-03
601 Westtown Road, Suite 110
P.O. Box 2747
West Chester, PA 19380
P: 610-436-5757
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction, Dismissed Misdemeanor, Certain Traffic, Ordinance
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also they go to the Court of Common Pleas cases are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-2-07
75 East Uwchlan Avenue, Suite 110
Exton, PA 19341
P: 610-524-7456
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction, Dismissed Misdemeanor, Certain Traffic, Ordinance
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also they go to the Court of Common Pleas cases are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-3-01
1130 Ridge Road
Pottstown, PA 19465
P: 610-469-1910
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction, Dismissed Misdemeanor, Certain Traffic, Ordinance
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also they go to the Court of Common Pleas cases are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-3-04
916 West Cypress Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348
P: 610-444-6330
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction, Dismissed Misdemeanor, Certain Traffic, Ordinance
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also they go to the Court of Common Pleas cases are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-3-05
305 South Third Street
Oxford, PA 19363
P: 610-932-4305
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction, Dismissed Misdemeanor, Certain Traffic, Ordinance
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also they go to the Court of Common Pleas cases are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-3-06
4824 Horseshoe Pike
Honey Brook, PA 19344
P: 610-273-3726
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction, Dismissed Misdemeanor, Certain Traffic, Ordinance
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also they go to the Court of Common Pleas cases are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-3-07
315 West First Avenue, Building 3
Parkesburg, PA 19365
P: 610-857-5547
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction, Dismissed Misdemeanor, Certain Traffic, Ordinance
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also they go to the Court of Common Pleas cases are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-4-01
Chesterbrook Shopping Center
500 Chesterbrook Blvd., Suite C6
Wayne, PA 19087
P: 610-647-6533
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction, Dismissed Misdemeanor, Certain Traffic, Ordinance
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also they go to the Court of Common Pleas cases are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-4-02
231 Boot Road
Downingtown, PA 19335
P: 610-269-5250
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction, Dismissed Misdemeanor, Certain Traffic, Ordinance
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also they go to the Court of Common Pleas cases are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-4-03
Whiteland Business Park
748 Springdale Drive, Suite 110
Exton, PA 19341
P: 610-594-7728
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction, Dismissed Misdemeanor, Certain Traffic, Ordinance
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also they go to the Court of Common Pleas cases are waived or dismissed.
Magisterial District Court 15-4-04
914 West Cypress Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348
P: 610-444-6338
Jurisdiction: Civil under $12,000, Eviction, Dismissed Misdemeanor, Certain Traffic, Ordinance
Magisterial Small claims cases are usually recorded with the Prothonotary at the Court of Common Pleas, which holds the records. Generally misdemeanor records also they go to the Court of Common Pleas cases are waived or dismissed.
Register of Wills
PO Box 2746
201 W Market St, #2200
West Chester, PA 19380 www.chesco.org/index.aspx?nid=168
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 610-344-6335
F: 610-344-6218
Jurisdiction: Probate
The records go back to 1924 for Register of Wills and Orphans’ Court. Marriage Licenses go back to 1930. Records are either maintained as paper or microfilm or scanned images.

Chester County, PA Vital Records

Contact the Chester County Recorder Office of the County Recorder of Deeds if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Chester County Recorder
County Recorder of Deeds
313 W Market St, #3302
West Chester, PA 19380
www.chesco.org/index.aspx?nid=169
8:30AM-4:30PM EST
Phone: 610-344-6330
Fax: 610-344-6408
Recorded Documents

Official Chester County Vital Certificates

Chester County Vital Certificates

If you would like to obtain a hard copy of a birth, death, marriage, divorce, or other vital record, you can do so by searching for and requesting a vital certificate. Vital certificates are official hard copy documents, the same as those used by the United States government.

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Chester County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 755.97 sq mi
Population (2009): 498,894
  • Females: 50.5%
  • White: 88.6%
  • Black/African American: 6.4%
  • Asian: 3.7%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 5.5%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 83.7%
Population Change (2000-2009): 65,393
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 5.5%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 8.8%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 5.8%
High School Graduates (2000): 89.3%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 42.5%
Persons per Household (2000): 2.65
Housing Units (2000): 163,773
Homeownership Rate (2000): 76.3%
Migration Flow to Chester County, PA from (2007-2008):

Chester County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $20,402,252
  • Construction: $1,098,359
  • Retail Trade: $1,287,990
  • Professional and Technical Services: $3,514,137
  • Healthcare: $1,658,712
  • Banking: $2,630,111
  • Retail Trade: $1,287,990
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $326,017
  • Manufacturing: $2,020,255
  • Farms: $145,137
  • Government: $1,484,530
Employed (2000): 221,255
Unemployed (2000): 8,214
Unemployment Rate (2009): 6.2%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $58,130
Local Government Employment (2007): 16,557
Local Government Revenue (2007): $1,265,177 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $1,979,029 (thou. dol.)

Chester County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 6,093
  • Per 1,000 population: 12.5
Deaths (2007): 3,418
  • Per 1,000 population: 7.0
Infant Deaths (2007): 41
  • Per 1,000 population: 6.7

Chester County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 896
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 9
  • Forcible rape: 104
  • Robbery: 260
  • Aggravated Assault: 523
Property Crimes (2008): 7,785
  • Burglary: 1,468
  • Larceny-Theft: 5,933
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 384

Chester County Genealogy Records