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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


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    Plan. Prepare. Protect. | Rep. Joanna McClinton + Sen. Vincent Hughes
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Plan. Prepare. Protect. | Rep. Joanna McClinton + Sen. Vincent Hughes

    December 9, 2021
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 1 hour

    Plan. Prepare. Protect. | Rep. Joanna McClinton + Sen. Vincent Hughes
    Thursday, December 9th at 6pm


    Join Register Tracey Gordon as she has an exciting conversation with State Legislators. Rep. Joanna McClinton and Senator Vincent Hughes. We are eager to discuss Tangled Titles, Generational Wealth and Estate Planning with them. Together we can resolve the Tangled Title Crisis here in Philadelphia.


Tracey L. Gordon
Tracey L. Gordon
Register of Wills
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