Obtaining Your License

Ohio Marriage License Information/Process:

If you plan to get married in Ohio, you must have an Ohio marriage license. Once the license is issued, it is valid for 60 days. IF 60 days pass without getting married, you will need to re-apply for a new license.

Apply for your license in the County where you live.

If you live outside Ohio, but plan to get married in Ohio, apply for a license in the County where the ceremony will take place.

When you apply, and your identification shows residency in another county, the Court requires proof of County residency (Utility Bill, Cable Bill, Rental/Lease Agreement, Bank Statements, etc.)

Information Needed:
Each applicant must provide their Social Security number (kept confidential), current address, age, birth date, place of birth, and birth names of each father and mother. If the birth name of the parent is unknown, you must bring your birth certificate to the Court. Applicants must have a valid government-issued photo ID (Driver’s License, State ID, Passport, Military ID, or Green Card).

Check to see if the county in which you are applying has a Marriage License Application online to fill out ahead of time. If so, print the completed application form and take with you, this saves time. 

You and your future spouse must bring the completed application and all necessary information to the County Probate Court.  

Call ahead of time for hours, cost, and acceptable forms of payment (it varies in each county).

Previous Marriages:
If your most recent marriage ended by divorce, dissolution or annulment, you must bring a
CERTIFIED copy of the final decree or judgment entry to the Court at the time of your application. 

If your most recent marriage ended due to a death, a certified copy of a death certificate for your previous spouse must be included on the application.

The Packet:

In the packet you will receive a keepsake copy of the license and another form that the officiant completes, a return envelope, Social Security Info, and a letter explaining everything. **Keep this all together**

Time for the wedding:

You will want to make sure that the person marrying you is given the packet you received from the courthouse. They will sign all necessary documents and return the appropriate one to the courthouse. 

Once the marriage is recorded, you will be able to pick up your certified copy at the courthouse. (Review next page)