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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



  • Oct
    PPP | Probate Deferment Initiative
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    PPP | Probate Deferment Initiative

    October 6, 2022
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 1 hour

    Plan. Prepare. Probate. | Probate Deferment Initiative
    Thursday, Oct 6 at 6PM

    Join Register Tracey Gordon for the start of the Fall 2022 PPP Season! We will be having a robust discussion about the Tangled Title Crisis in Philadelphia and how we are fighting to keep people in their homes.

    Highlighting the new Probate Deferment Initiative from the Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds office. We are waiving and deferring fees associated with Tangled Titles. Join us for this informative discussion!

    Our guests will be Commissioner of Deeds Jim Leonard and attorneys from legal aid groups doing the work. Jasper Katz - Philadelphia Legal Assistance and Mike Jones - Philadelphia VIP.


    Webinar ID
    816 5983 4862


Tracey L. Gordon
Tracey L. Gordon
Register of Wills
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