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Posted on: November 17, 2020

Register of Wills Office Extends Hours for Marriage License Applications

Technology enhancements allow virtual and self-service scheduling options

Chester County Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court Michele Vaughn announces the extension of hours for marriage license applications, as well as improvements in technology to accommodate virtual appointments and self-service scheduling.

 These new offerings improve services to customers and meet the increase in demand that the Register of Wills and Clerk of the the Orphans’ Court is currently experiencing.

 From Wednesday, November 18th, office hours will be extended to 6:00 p.m. every Wednesday, to accommodate those who need a marriage license, but don’t have the flexibility of applying during the workday.  Regular office hours for marriage license applications are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

 “Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, the Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans’ Court office has been experiencing a substantial increase in marriage license applications from all over the region,” said Michele Vaughn.  “We have doubled our appointment times to accommodate this increase, and the extended office hours every Wednesday will give us the capacity of adding nearly 500 more marriage license applications a year to the approximately 2,500 applications that we currently process.

 “We certainly don’t want to stand in the way of love, and we all find it rewarding to be part of a happy couple’s wedding journey,” added Vaughn. 

 When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the region in March and closed Chester County government and courts offices to all but essential employees, staff in the Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans’ Court established virtual services for issuing both marriage licenses and probating wills. Thanks to the County’s investment in technology, the virtual service continues. And when the County opened back up to in-person services in June – but by appointment only - self-service schedules were added, allowing those who needed to probate estates or apply for a marriage license to schedule their own appointments.  

 “This new scheduling tool has proven to be efficient and effective not just for the applicants, but also for staff in the office,” said Vaughn. 

 For more information on the new services, or to schedule an appointment go to chesco.org/168/Register-of-Wills-Orphans-Court, or call 610-344-6335.

 Chester County’s Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans’ Court provides of number of services for the public.  The Register of Wills probates wills and appoints estate representatives for decedents who die with or without a will.   The Register of Wills also serves as an agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for filing and payment of inheritance taxes.  The Clerk of the Orphans’ Court accepts filings for adoptions, guardianships of minors and incapacitated persons, and issues marriage licenses. 

 Office hours for estate probates and filings of accounts for audit are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 Office hours for marriage license applications are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with Wednesday hours expanding to 6:00 p.m.

All other filings can be made during the office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

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