Instructions for getting official certificates or decrees for life events such as birth, death, marriage, or divorce. Get a marriage license Requirements, fees, and instructions for obtaining a marriage license from the City of Philadelphia. Get archival birth, death, and marriage records You can get copies of archival birth, death, and marriage records from the City Archives. Get a birth certificate Description of how to order a copy of a birth certificate (with a raised seal) online, by mail, or in person. Get a copy of a divorce decree Instructions for obtaining copies of divorce decrees in Philadelphia. Become a foster parent If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, we have the information and resources to help you get started. Adopt a child Some children in foster care need adoptive homes. Explore the process of adopting from foster care. Coordinate a Plan of Safe Care (POSC) How to coordinate and develop a Plan of Safe Care (POSC). Request Medical Examiner records How to request records or an autopsy report from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Request DNA/paternity test information from the Medical Examiner How to request a DNA/paternity test on a person whose body was handled by the Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO). Register a life partnership Same-sex and same-gender couples can have their relationships officially recognized by the City of Philadelphia by becoming life partners. Terminate a life partnership Individuals who want to terminate an official life partnership must submit a termination statement to the City. Get married in LOVE Park How to get married or renew your vows in front of Philadelphia’s landmark LOVE sculpture as part of Wedding Wednesdays.