Open Records Office

PLEASE NOTE: THE CITY OF HAZLETON DOES NOT POSSESS BIRTH CERTIFICATES, DEATH CERTIFICATES, MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES OR DIVORCE RECORDS.

TO OBTAIN A COPY OF A BIRTH OR DEATH CERTIFICATE, PLEASE CONTACT THE DIVISION OF VITAL RECORDS IN NEW CASTLE, PA AT 724-656-3100.

TO OBTAIN A COPY OF A MARRIAGE LICENSE PLEASE CONTACT THE LUZERNE COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS IN WILKES-BARRE, PA AT 570-825-1668.

TO OBTAIN A COPY OF A DIVORCE DECREE, PLEASE CONTACT THE LUZERNE COUNTY PROTHONOTARY IN WILKES-BARRE, PA AT 570-825-1745.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A COPY OF A DEED FOR A PROPERTY IN HAZLETON, PLEASE CONTACT THE LUZERNE COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS IN WILKES-BARRE, PA AT 570-825-1641.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR TAX INFORMATION FOR A SPECIFIC PROPERTY, PLEASE CONTACT BERKHEIMER ASSOCIATES AT 570-459-4991.

OPEN RECORDS OFFICER
Allison Keegan, Administrative Assistant
40 North Church Street, 2nd Floor
Hazleton, PA 18201

HOURS: Monday-Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
OFFICE:  (570) 459-4910
FAX: (570) 459-4966
EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Right-to-Know Law became effective on January 1, 2009. This law, in its entirety, can be found on the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records website, http://openrecords.state.pa.us.

Requests must be made in writing on the approved right-to-know form, and sent by e-mail, fax, regular mail, or delivered in person. No verbal requests will be accepted. A request should describe or identify the records sought with enough specificity to enable the Open Records Officer to ascertain which records are being requested. The cost for copies of records is $0.25 per page, plus the cost of postage. The cost to scan paper copies for the purpose of emailing a response is $0.15 per page. The cost to certify a record will be $5.00 per record, plus the cost of postage. All applicable fees must be paid in order to receive access to the records requested. An estimated fee of over $100.00 must be prepaid. A copy of the City of Hazleton's policies and procedures regarding right-to-know requests can be found here: Download the City of Hazleton's Right-to-Know Policies and Procedures. ALL RIGHT-TO-KNOW REQUESTS MUST BE SUBMITTED ON THE APPROVED FORM BELOW. The forms may be submitted by regular mail, email, fax or in person. If you have problems downloading the forms, please contact the Open Records Officer listed above and a form will be mailed to you for completion.

PLEASE NOTE:  PENNSYLVANIA'S RIGHT TO KNOW LAW WAS ESTABLISHED FOR THE REQUEST OF SPECIFIC RECORDS/DOCUMENTS ONLY, AND NOT FOR ANSWERING QUESTIONS. QUESTIONS CONTAINED IN ANY RIGHT-TO-KNOW REQUEST WILL NOT BE ANSWERED. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE DIRECT THEM TO THE APPLICABLE OFFICIAL AND/OR DEPARTMENT FOR A RESPONSE. THANK YOU.

Download Right-to-Know Request Form Here (.PDF)

Download Right-to-Know Request Form Here (WORD)

FAILURE TO PAY INVOICES FOR RECORDS/DOCUMENTS IN RESPONSE TO RIGHT-TO-KNOW REQUESTS WILL RESULT IN THE IMMEDIATE DENIAL OF ANY FUTURE RIGHT-TO-KNOW REQUESTS UNTIL PAYMENT OF ANY OUTSTANDING INVOICES IS MADE IN FULL.

To appeal a denial of information, please do so in writing to:

Nathanael Byerly, Acting Director
OFFICE OF OPEN RECORDS
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120

To appeal a denial of criminal records, please do so in writing to:

LUZERNE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
Phone: (570) 825-1674

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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