Commissioner's Office

Find questions and answers regarding many different topics here.

According to the 2020 U.S. Census, the population of Franklin County is 155,932.

Based on our population, Franklin County is currently a fourth class county.

No, the municipality or the State owns all the roads.

There is no requirement for a license or permit from the County; however, there may be a requirement with the local municipality as well as the State.  Call the municipality (township or borough) in which the business will be located to see if they require a license.  You may contact the State Corporation Bureau at (717) 787-1057.

The County does not have a Consumer Affairs Office.  You may contact the State Bureau of Consumer Protection at 800-441-2555 or the State Office of Consumer Advocate for Public Utilities at (717) 783-5048.  For additional information, go to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s website.

You will need to contact the  PA Department of Agriculture at (717) 346-3223.  The County no longer provides Weights & Measures testing and certification.

County offices are generally open from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM each weekday, excluding most Federal holidays. Please visit the Calendar page for a complete list of county-observed holidays.

Please contact or visit the Purchasing Department.
The three-member Board of Commissioners is the chief legislative and policy-making board of Franklin County Government.  Some functions include:
Administrative powers and duties of the County commissioners encompass registration and elections, assessment of property, human services, veterans' affairs, 911, emergency services, operation of a county prison, personnelmanagement, operation and maintenance of 91.5 county bridges, appointment of county personnel, and budget and finance management. 
The commissioners are the sole contractors for the county; as such, they make contracts and purchases for all purposes expressly or implicitly authorized by law.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation handles driver's license, vehicle registration, and similar requests.  Please visit their site at   
The Franklin County Driver’s License Center is located at 1320 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg and can be reached at 1-800-932-4600.
The Chambersburg, Waynesboro and Fayetteville Post Offices handle these requests.

This office is a state entity that is operated in each county in Pennsylvania.  For Franklin County’s Assistance Office, call (717) 264-6121. The Assistance Office provides help with financial, housing, employment, food stamps, energy, etc.

Please contact Information and Referral at (717) 261-2561.

You can contact either Franklin County Legal Services at (717) 262-2326 or Mid-Penn Legal Services at (717) 264-5354 to see if you qualify for legal services.

The local office of the Pennsylvania Department of Health can be reached at (717) 263-4143.

They may be reached by calling 866-656-5367 or 800-772-1213.