Apply For An Ohio Marriage License

Where do I apply for a marriage license in Ohio?

Marriage licenses are issued by the County Probate Court. If the bride or groom is a resident of Ohio, then you should apply in the county where they reside; if both applicants are Ohio residents and live in different counties, then you can apply in either county. For out of state residents, you must apply for the marriage license in the county where the wedding will occur.

How old must we be to get married in Ohio?

In Ohio, applicants must be 18 years old to get married without parental consent. If the bride is older than 16 but younger than 18 years old, both parents of both the bride and groom must be present at the County Probate Court to give their consent when the applicants file for their license. If the bride is younger than 16 or the groom is younger than 17 years old, then in addition to parental consent the juvenile court must also grant permission. This is only done in limited situations. All minor applicants must undergo premarital counseling prior to the license being issued.

Do we need to bring anything with us when we go to apply for our marriage license?

In Ohio, both applicants must provide identification to prove age and identity. Usually this must be a state issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, or military identity card. However, you can use a certified birth certificate for this purpose as long as you also present your valid social security card at the same time. If an applicant was previously married, Ohio requires that you bring documentation concerning the termination of the marriage. If you are a widow or widower, you must present a certified copy of the former spouse’s death certificate. If the previous marriage ended in divorce, you must bring a certified copy of the final divorce decree. In either situation, the copy must be certified; a simple photocopy will not be accepted.

How much is the marriage license fee in Ohio?

The license fee is set by the county that issues the license and therefore varies. For example, the license fee is $45 in Hamilton County and $55 in Montgomery County; generally the fee ranges from $40 to $60. For more information on the license fee and acceptable methods of payment, contact the Probate Court in the county where you plan on applying.

When does the marriage license expire?

Once issued, the license is valid throughout the state of Ohio for 60 days. If you do not get married within 60 days, then the license is no longer valid and you must reapply for a new license in order to get married.


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