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Register of Wills

Providing marriage licenses and probating estates.

Register of Wills

What we do

The Register of Wills is an elected position. Our office serves as both the Register of Wills and the Clerk of the Orphans’ Court. As part of our work, we:

  • Issue marriage licenses and keep marriage records dating back to 1915.
  • Probate wills, which proves that they're valid.
  • Issue letters of administration when a Philadelphia resident dies without a will.
  • Keep records of wills, estate inventories, and related documents.
  • Act as an agent for filing and paying inheritance taxes.
  • Maintain the dockets and records of the Orphan's Court.

We can walk you through the probate process, but we cannot provide legal advice. We may recommend that you get an attorney.

Connect

Address
City Hall
Room 180
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Email rowonline@phila.gov
Phone: (215) 686-2233 Marriage licenses
(215) 686-6255 Probate
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Attorney online system

Use this portal to enter the Register of Wills' attorney online system.

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Programs

Events

Nothing from June 25, 2022 to September 25, 2022.

Leadership

Tracey L. Gordon
Tracey L. Gordon
Register of Wills
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