Wills and probate records created between 1841 and 1925 have been digitised and can be viewed online free of charge from the above Wills and Probate Index.
Wills and probate records created between 1926 and 2014 can be ordered for viewing in our reading room at the Victorian Archives Centre (VAC) or by requesting a Remote Digital Copy Order or a Remote Photocopy Order. Fees and charges apply. Please note records are available for viewing within our reading room for 10 working days from the date ordered.
Public Record Office Victoria does not hold copies of unprocessed Wills. We currently hold Wills and Probate files that have been administered by the Victorian Probate office from 1841 to 2014, and some 2015 records for matters which commenced in 2014 or earlier.
Wills and Probate Process
Step 1: Use the above Wills and Probate Index to search for and view online Wills and Probate records between 1841 and 1925.
Step 2: Use the above Wills and Probate Index to search for and order to view the original Wills and Probate records between 1926 and 2013. For records 2014 or later, use the advanced search page, and select the checkbox for “item” and enter a first name and surname into the “all of the words” search box.
Step 3: You must be registered as a public user with a user ID and a password to be able to order Wills and Probate records from 1926 onwards. To set up a public user account, please follow our HOW TOguide 19 on How to register as a public user.
Step 4: For Wills and Probate records from 1926 onwards, you are required to order these records. Follow our specific HOW TOguide 29 on Ordering Will and Probate Records
Step 5: Once you have ordered the record(s), you have three options. The first is to come into PROV and view the record. The second is to request a Remote Digital Copy Order and the third is to request a Remote Photocopy Order. Please note Fees and charges apply for remote digital and photocopy orders.
Step 6: Make payment online once we send you the link to pay via our secure online banking.
Step 7: Orders will take up to 25 days to be processed and either posted or emailed to you. If you wish to seek the status of your enquiry, click on the link available from your online enquiry form.
Will and Probate Records 2015 onwards
We currently hold Wills and Probate files that have been administered by the Victorian Probate office from 1841 to 2014, and some 2015 records for matters which commenced in 2014 or earlier. Contact the Victorian Probate Office to enquire about accessing wills and probate records created from 2016 onwards.
Victorian Probate Office
Level 2, 436 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel (03) 9603 9300
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