Register of Wills still processing emergency marriage license requests even though office is closed

Pat Loeb
April 03, 2020 - 8:12 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The coronavirus cannot stand in the way of true love. At least, that’s what Philadelphia’s Register of Wills is hoping to prove.

The office is closed but it will process marriage license requests from couples in emergency situations, including a COVID-19-related health issue that could lead to death, a need to add a partner to health insurance, or a visa with an approaching date of departure. 

First responders and military are also eligible.

The office will issue what’s known as a “Quaker,” or self-uniting license, that doesn’t require an officiant. 

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The process requires video conferencing capabilities.

The first step is to email a request for an emergency license to Caren.Berger@courts.phila.gov. She will email the necessary documents, which applicants will fill out and email back. Then, a video conference will be scheduled with Register of Wills staff.

The office is also offering virtual probate services but they must be arranged through a lawyer.