Lancaster County Register of Wills Office and Orphans Court
Lancaster County Register of Wills Office and Orphans Court

This office provides the following basic services to the people of Lancaster County:
Register of Wills
- Grants letters testamentary to those probating a will and letters of administration to those who die without a will. (Records are open to public inspection.)
- Collects inheritance tax for Pennsylvania

Orphans Court
- Issues marriage licenses
- Provides applications to persons wishing to obtain copies of birth certificates
- Handles all adoption proceedings. Adoptions are sealed and held in closed court
- Settle estates of minors and incapacitated persons
50 North Duke Street
Lancaster County Courthouse
Lancaster, PA 17602
Eligibility: 18 years or older, 16 to 17 years with parental consent
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Phone/FAX Numbers
  • (717) 299-8243 Main
  • (717) 299-8243 Main
Intake Requirements: Divorce papers, if any (marriage license)
Intake Procedure: Walk-In
Fee Amounts: Vary, Marriage Licenses: $60 (Checks are NOT accepted)
Service Contact: Anne Cooper, Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court, 717-299-8243,
  • Adoption Courts
  • Court Filing Offices
  • Death Related Records/Permits
  • Marriage Licenses
  • Probate Courts
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Lancaster County Register of Wills Office and Orphans Court
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