Certification

Pennsylvania enacted the real estate and personal property lien requirements of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 in Act 58 of 1987 with amendments to 23 Pa.C.S. §4352 (d). Effective January 1, 1998, overdue support on record at the Domestic Relations Section (DRS) became a lien by operation of law on real estate located within the judicial district where the DRS is located. You can send a lien search letter by mail or fax to the DRS.

Request Procedures

In an effort to accommodate the volume of requests to certify the status of overdue support obligations, DRS have developed the following procedures:

  1. Written requests may be mailed or delivered to DRS along with a stamped self-addressed envelope for its return. Request without the return envelope will be available for pick up at the second floor reception window.
  2. Requests may also be sent by fax to 724-430-1264. These completed requests will be available for pick up at the second floor reception window.
  3. Please allow at least 48 hours for the completion of the request.