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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.


City Hall
Room 180
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 686-2233 Marriage licenses
(215) 686-6255 Probate

Attorney online system

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

Get involved


  • Dec
    Plan. Prepare. Protect. | Philadelphia’s Congressional Delegation
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Plan. Prepare. Protect. | Philadelphia’s Congressional Delegation

    December 2, 2021
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 1 hour

    Plan. Prepare. Protect. | Philadelphia’s Congressional Delegation
    Thursday, December 2nd at 6pm


    Join Register Tracey Gordon for this special episode as we will be hosting the Philadelphia Congressional Delegation. We are so excited to have Congressional Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon, Brendan Boyle and Dwight Evans. We are excited to discuss Generational Wealth, Tangled Titles and Estate Planing with Philadelphia’s Congressional Delegation. Join us!
    Webinar ID: 824 3155 9958


Tracey L. Gordon
Tracey L. Gordon
Register of Wills
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