Probate Court


(Effective 11/11/20)


The Probate Court is open to the public.  Because of the COVID pandemic and in order to maintain a healthy and safe environment for both the public and Probate Court staff, all estate and guardianship/conservatorship administrations, application for marriage licenses, and title examinations/genealogical research, require an appointment (call 803-684-8513).  No walk-ins will be admitted. All persons entering the Probate Court area must wear a mask pursuant to an Order of the Chief Justice of the S.C. Supreme Court.

With prior notice, persons may drop off and pick up documents in the Courthouse lobby.  

Involuntary commitment proceedings continue to be initiated either through Catawba Mental Health Center (803-327-2012), Keystone (803-324-1800), or the after-hours crisis line (833-364-2274).

The Court is updating its software and effective October 26, 2020, the computers used by the public for researching Estates and Marriage Licenses will feature a shortcut to ICON’s CMS360. Written instructions are placed in the Register of Deeds office in the Government Center and the Clerk of Court’s Civil Division in the Historic Courthouse. 

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The Probate Court is located in the York County Courthouse. The Courthouse is in the southwest quadrant of the intersection of Liberty and Congress Streets in downtown York. There is a single entrance on the south side of the building, directly from the parking lot between the Courthouse at 2 S. Congress Street and the Government Center at 6 S. Congress Street, and there is handicapped parking at the entrance. Parking is also available on Congress Street and Liberty Street.

For general questions or to make an appointment, please call 803-684-8513 or email the Probate Court Office.

Jurisdiction & Responsibilities

The court handles various matters including the administration of decedents' estates, the issuance of marriage licenses, the appointment of guardians and conservators, and involuntary commitments. It is headed by an elected probate judge who serves a four-year term.

  1. Marriage Licenses
  2. Estates
  3. Guardianships & Conservatorships, Settlement Approval, Trusts
  4. Involuntary Commitments
Application for marriage licenses may be made between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The license may be used for ceremonies performed in South Carolina and the fee is $50.

If a couple has completed a qualifying premarital preparation course prior to applying for the license and presents a certificate of completion at the time of application, they may be eligible to receive a $50 non-refundable state income tax credit pursuant to SC. Code 20-1-230.

Certification of Completion of Premarital Preparation Course