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Ohio Marriage License Requirements

Below is the information on what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the marriage laws before filling out the marriage license forms.

In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document that allows you to officially be married under the law. Always check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

Licenses are usually not valid for more than 30 days so you'll typically need to apply for your marriage license within one month of your wedding ceremony. You need to submit your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents.

When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.

IMPORTANT: You are not officially married when you receive a marriage license. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your officiant your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license. If application is mailed or faxed in, it must be witnessed by a Notary Public.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Ohio.

Waiting Period: 3 days.

If Divorced: If divorced within the last 60 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree is needed.

Fees: Cash Only! $25

Other Tests: No tests

Under 18: Need certified copy of birth certificate, both parents must be present with identification, or if you have a legal guardian they must be present with a court order and identification.

Officiants: The minister, priest or rabbi of any church or congregation in the state may perform marriages. Ministers must provide marriage certificates to the couple married and report the marriage to the Marriage Commissioner.

Valid: License is valid for 90 days anywhere in Ohio.
The license can only be used within the State of Ohio.


IMPORTANT: State and county marriage license requirements can change so make sure you check with your local town clerk. This information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any plans.

Adams County Probate Court 110 West Main West Union, OH 45693 937-544-2368
Allen County Probate Court 301 N Main Lima, OH 45801 419-223-8501
Ashland County Probate Court West 2nd St Ashland, OH 44805 419-289-0000
Ashtabula County Probate Court 25 West Jefferson St Jefferson, OH 44047 440-576-3451
Athens County ClerkProbate Court 15 South Court Room 236 Athens, OH 45701 740-592-3251
Augliazze County Probate Court Courthouse 201 Willipie St Wapakoneta, OH 45895 419-738-7710
Belmont County Probate Court Main St St Clairsville, OH 43950 740-699-2144
Brown County ClerkProbate Court 800 Mt. Orab Pike Georgetown, OH 45121 937-378-6549
Butler CountyMarriage License 130 High St Hamilton, OH 45011 513-887-3300
Carroll County Probate Court Courthouse Carrollton, OH 44615 330-627-2323
Champaign County Probate Court County 0 Urbana, OH 43078 937-652-2108
Clark County Probate Court 31 North Limestone St Springfield, OH 45502 937-328-2435
Clermont County Probate Court 270 Main St Batavia, OH 45103 513-732-7243
Clinton County Probate Court Courthouse Wilmington, OH 45177 937-382-2280
Columbiana County Probate Court 105 South Market St Lisbon, OH 44432 330-424-9511
Coshocton County Probate Court 349 Main St Coshocton, OH 43812 740-622-1837
Crawford County Probate Court 112 East Mansfield St Bucyrus, OH 44820 419-562-8891
Cuyahoga County Probate Court 1 W Lakeside Ave, # 107 Cleveland, OH 44113 216-443-8920
Darke County Probate Court 300 Garst Ave, # 2 Greenville, OH 45331 937-547-7345
Defiance County Probate Court 221 Clinton St Defiance, OH 43512 419-782-4181
Delaware County Probate Court 88 N Sandusky St Delaware, OH 43015 740-368-1880
Fairfield County Probate Court 224 E Main St, # 300 Lancaster, OH 43130 740-687-7090
Fayette County Probate Court Courthouse Washington, OH 43160 740-335-0640
Franklin County Probate Court 373 South High, 18th Fl Columbus, OH 43215 614-462-3894
Fulton County Probate Court 210 S Fulton St Wauseon, OH 43567 419-337-9242
Gallia County Probate Court Locust St 740 Gallipolis, OH 45631 740-446-4612
Greene County Probate Court 45 N Detroit St Xenia, OH 45385 937-376-5280
Guernsey County Probate Court 801 Wheeling Ave, # 203 Cambridge, OH 43725 740-432-9262
Hamilton County Probate Court 1000 Main St Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-946-3600
Hancock County Probate Court 300 South Main St Findlay, OH 45840 419-424-7079
Hardin County Probate Court 1 Court House Sq., # 210 2nd Floor-Courthouse Kenton, OH 43326 419-674-2230
Harrison County Probate Court 105 Jamison Ave Cadiz, OH 43907 740-942-8868
Henry County Probate Court 660 North Perry St Napoleon, OH 43545 419-592-7771
Highland County Probate Court 105 N High St Hillsboro, OH 45133 937-393-9981
Hocking County Probate Court 1 East Main St Logan, OH 43138 740-385-3022
Holmes County Probate Court 1 E Jackson St, # 201 Millersburg, OH 44654 330-674-5881
Huron County RecorderProbate Court 2 E Main Norwalk, OH 44857 419-668-4383
Jackson County Probate Court 226 E Main St Courthouse, Main St Jackson, OH 45640 740-286-1401
Jefferson County Probate Court 3rd And Market St Steubenville, OH 43952 740-283-8554
Knox County Probate Court 106 East High St Mount Vernon, OH 43050 740-393-6798
Lake County Probate Court 47 N Park Place Painesville, OH 44077 440-350-2624
Lawrence County Probate Court P.O. Box 77 Ironton, OH 45638 740-533-4343
Licking County P.O. Box 676 Newark, OH 43058 740-349-6125
Logan County Probate Court 101 S Main St, # 6 Bellefontaine, OH 43311 937-599-7252
Lorain County Probate Court 226 Middle Ave Elyria, OH 44035 440-329-5175
Lucas County Probate Court Marriage License 700 Adams St, # 200 Toledo, OH 43604 419-245-4750
Madison County Probate Court 1 N Main St London, OH 43140 740-852-0756
Mahoning County Probate Court 120 Market St Youngstown, OH 44503 330-740-2314
Marion County Probate Court Courthouse Sq Marion, OH 43302 740-387-7614
Medina County Probate Court 99 Public Square Medina, OH 44256 330-725-9703
Meigs County Probate Court 100 E 2nd St Pomeroy, OH 45769 740-992-3096
Mercer County Probate Court 101 N Main St, # 306 Celina, OH 45822 419-586-8779
Miami County Probate Court 201 W Main Troy, OH 45373 937-332-6823
Monroe County Probate Court 101 N Main St Woodsfield, OH 43793 740-472-1654
Montgomery County Probate Court 41 N Perry St Fl 2 Dayton, OH 45422 937-225-4656
Morgan County Probate Court 19 East Main St Mcconnelsville, OH 43756 740-962-2861
Morrow County Probate Court 48 E High St Mt. Gilead, OH 43338 419-947-5575
Muskingum County Recorder P.O. Box 2895 Zanesville, OH 43702 740-455-7113
Noble County Probate Court Courthouse # 270 Caldwell, OH 43724 740-732-5047
Ottawa County Probate Court 315 Madison St, # 205 Port Clinton, OH 43452 419-734-6830
Paulding County Probate Court 115 N Williams St Paulding, OH 45879 419-399-8256
Perry County Probate Court 105 N Main St New Lexington, OH 43764 740-342-1493
Pickaway County Probate Court 207 S Court St, # 3 Circleville, OH 43113 740-474-3950
Pike County Probate Court 100 E 2nd St Waverly, OH 45690 740-947-2560
Portage County Probate Court 449 South Meridian St Ravenna, OH 44266 330-297-3870
Preble County Probate Court 101 E Main St Fl 2 Eaton, OH 45320 937-456-8137
Putman County Probate Court 245 E Main St, # 204 Ottawa, OH 45875 419-523-3012
Richland County Probate Court 50 Park Ave East Mansfield, OH 44902 419-774-5583
Ross County Probate Court 2 N Paint St, # A Chillicothe, OH 45601 740-774-1179
Sandusky County Probate Court 100 North Park Ave Fremont, OH 43420 419-334-6211
Scioto County Probate Court 602 Seventh St Rm 110 Portsmouth, OH 45662 740-355-8351
Seneca County Probate Court 103 South Washington St Tiffin, OH 44883 419-447-3121
Shelby County Probate Court 129 E Court Sidney, OH 45365 937-498-7263
Stark County Probate Court 110 Central Plaza South Canton, OH 44702 330-438-0755
Summit County Probate Court 175 S. Main St 4th Fl Akron, OH 44308 330-643-2323
Trumbull County RecorderProbate Court 160 High St, N.W. Warren, OH 44481 330-675-2521
Union County Probate Court 215 W 5th St, # 107 Marysville, OH 43040 937-645-3029
Van Wert County Probate Court 121 E Main St, # 104 Van Wert, OH 45891 419-238-0027
Vinton County Probate Court 100 E Main St McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-5480
Warren County Probate Court 570 Justice Drive Lebanon, OH 45036 513-695-1183
Washington County Probate Court 205 Putnam St Marietta, OH 45750 740-373-6623
Wayne County Probate Court 107 W Liberty St Wooster, OH 44691 330-287-5575
Williams County Probate Court 1 Courthouse Sq Bryan, OH 43506 419-636-1548
Wood County Probate Court 1 Courthouse Square Bowling Green, OH 43402 419-636-1548
Wyandot County Probate Court 109 S. Sandunsky Upper Sandusky, OH 43351 419-294-2302