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REGISTER OF WILLS & CLERK OF ORPHANS COURT
Luzerne County Courthouse Annex
200 N. River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
(570) 825-1668
 
Hours of Operation:
 
Monday thru Friday – 9:00am to 4:30pm
 
Phone: (570) 825-1668 - Fax: (570) 970-4580 
 
 
 
OUR OFFICE HAS THE FOLLOWING RECORDS
 
BIRTH AND DEATH RECORDS FROM 1893 TO 1905
MARRIAGE RECORDS FROM 1885 TO PRESENT
PROBATE RECORDS FROM THE EARLY 1800’S TO PRESENT
 
 
THE FEE FOR SEARCHING FOR BIRTH, DEATH, MARRIAGE AND ESTATE PROCEEDING IS $30.00
 
 
THE FEE FOR CERTIFIED COPIES OF BIRTH AND DEATH CERTIFICATES IF NAMES AND DATES FOR THE INDIVIDUALS ARE PROVIDED IS $25.00
IF NOT, A SEARCH FEE OF $30.00 WILL ALSO BE APPLIED
 
 
NOTE: WHEN SUBMITTING FOR A CERTIFIED COPY OF A MARRIAGE LICENSE  INCLUDE THE NAME OF THE GROOM, THE MAIDEN NAME OF THE BRIDE AND THE EXACT DATE OF MARRIAGE.
 
FEE: FOR CERTIFIED COPY OF MARRIAGE LICENSE IS $25.00
 
IF DATE, PLACE AND CORRECT NAMES ARE UNKNOWN A SEARCH FEE OF $30.00 WILL ALSO BE APPLIED.
 
 
**PROBATE  NOTICE**

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 27, 2014, THE OFFICE WILL ACCEPT AND ENCOURAGES APPOINTMENTS FOR PROBATE.  PROBATES NOT MADE BY APPOINTMENT WILL EXPERIENCE LONG WAIT TIMES.

PLEASE CALL 570-825-1672 OR 570-825-1670 TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT 

 THANK YOU

 
 
REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A MARRIAGE LICENSE.
 

To expedite the marriage license process, please click on the following link, enter all information, print the confirmation email and bring it with you to the Register of Wills Office.

 
 
 
BOTH APPLICANTS FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE MUST APPEAR TOGETHER AND HAVE BIRTH CERTIFICATES OR PASSPORT AND PHOTO IDENTIFICATION.
 
IF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE IS FROM A FOREIGN COUNTRY OR IN  ANOTHER LANGUAGE A CERTIFIED COPY OF A TRANSLATION MUST BE PROVIDED.
 
THERE IS A (3) DAY WAITING PERIOD BEFORE THE LICENSE IS ISSUED AND THE LICENSE IS GOOD FOR (60) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF ISSUE.
 
IF YOU WOULD PREFER TO HAVE YOUR LICENSE MAILED, PLEASE PROVIDE A SELF-ADDRESSED, STAMPED ENVELOPE AT TIME OF APPLICATION.
 
THE LICENSE IS ONLY VALID IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA.
 
THE FEE TO OBTAIN A MARRIAGE LICENSE IS $50.00 CASH ONLY.
 
ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE (18) YEARS OF AGE AND IF ONE OR BOTH OF THE PARTIES WERE MARRIED BEFORE PROOF MUST BE PROVIDED OF HOW PRIOR MARRIAGE WAS DISSOLVED.
 
(DATE OF DEATH OR A COPY OF THE FINAL DIVORCE DECREE)
 
 
IF ONE OR BOTH PARTIES ARE UNDER (18) YEARS OF AGE, CONSENT OF A PARENT OR GUARDIAN IS REQUIRED.  THE GUARDIAN MUST BE PRESENT DURING THE APPLICATION PROCESS.
 
THERE WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL $5.00 CHARGE FOR EACH UNDERAGE APPLICANT.
 
 
 
 
MARRIAGE LICENSE OFFICE
Luzerne County Courthouse Annex
200 N. River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
(570) 825-1555
 
 
 
 
REQUEST FOR BIRTH AND DEATH RECORDS AFTER 1905 SHOULD BE
SUBMITTED TO:
 
 
STATE DEPARTMENT OF VITAL STATISTICS
DIVISION OF VITAL RECORDS
101 SOUTH MERCER STREET
P.O. BOX 1528, ROOM 401
NEW CASTLE, PA. 16101
 
THE WEB SITE FOR THE DEPARTMENT IS: (www.health.state.pa.us/vitalrecords)
 
 
 
OR YOU CAN VISIT:
 
DEPARTMENT OF VITAL STATISTICS
SCRANTON STATE OFFICE BUILDING
ROOM 112
100 LACKAWANNA AVENUE
SCRANTON, PA. 18503
1-570-614-1326
Last Updated: 01/24/14 14:04:50
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