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Marriage License Information

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


Marriage License Information


Marriage is a solemn ceremony which is basically a contract between two parties: the prospective husband and the prospective wife. It may be sanctified by the church and respected by society, but to be legal, it must be licensed by the State. It is the State that, by law, provides conditions to and limitations of the marriage contract.

The Probate Court is the sole agency, under the laws of the State of Ohio, that is vested with the authority to issue marriage licenses.

To obtain an Ohio marriage license, you must:

Apply to the county courthouse where you reside, or if neither party resides in Ohio, the county where your marriage will be solemnized. (You don't have to be a permanent resident.)

Be at least 16 years of age. (16 and 17 year olds must have consent from both parents.)

Not currently be married.

Your license will be valid for 60 days. At the time you are married, you give the form to the minister or other officiant. That person will sign it and send it to the county recorder's office to be filed.

Who May Perform Marriage Ceremony

An ordained or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation within this state licensed to perform marriages, a judge of a county court in his county, an authorized judge of a municipal court, the mayor of a municipal corporation in any county in which such municipal corporation wholly or partly lies, the superintendent of the state school for the deaf, or any religious society, in conformity with the rules and regulations of its church. Civil marriage ceremonies may be made by scheduling with the appropriate court.

Bring the following to the courthouse. Both parties must appear in person.

Proof of identification and age (This may be a driver's license, an Ohio state-issued ID, or a passport), social security card; and current driver's license or state ID (if current address is not listed on this document, additional proof of residency is required.) Applicants must have a picture form of identification.

Applicants under 21 years of age, also must show their original or a certified copy of their birth certificate.

If either party has been previously married, they must bring the appropriate death certificate or divorce decree


The fee for obtaining a marriage license varies by county. It will be approximately forty ($40) to fifty dollars ($50.00), payable in cash or in-state check.

Note: Blood Tests are no longer required

Who May Apply?

Males at eighteen (18) years of age and females at sixteen (16) years who are no closer of kin than second cousins may apply for a marriage license. Application must be made in person, by both parties.

Information Required

As noted, each applicant must supply to the Court their Social Security number, their current address, their current age, their birth date, place of birth, the name of their father and the maiden name of their mother. Social Security numbers are kept confidential. If the name of any parent as requested on the application is unknown, a birth certificate must be provided to the Court.


No license will be issued if either applicant is under the influence of any intoxicating liquor or controlled substance, or is infected with syphilis in a form that is communicable or likely to become communicable.

Residence Qualifications

One or both of the applicants must be a resident of the county for a marriage license to be issued. Applicants from out of state may apply for a marriage license in an Ohio County, provided the marriage ceremony is performed in that county.


All applicants under the age of eighteen (18) must have a letter from their minister or a marriage counselor stating that they have received marriage counseling. If the male applicant is under eighteen (18) years or the female applicant is under sixteen (16) years, they must have the consent of the Juvenile Court. If the female applicant is sixteen (16) or seventeen (17), she must have the consent of both parents, or surviving parent, or the parent who has custody, or her legal guardian, or any other person having custody under R.C. 3101.01.

All applicants must check their license prior to leaving the Court in order to make sure that all of the information is correct and that no errors have been made.

Change of Name

Usually the court will provide information on changing the name at the time the Marriage License is issued. Traditionally, the bride takes the last name of her husband, although it is not necessary or mandatory that she do so. However, if she does, it is the newlywed's responsibility to see that the appropriate agencies are notified. This includes among others, businesses and stores with whom she has credit accounts, banks where she has checking and savings accounts, the Social Security Administration, and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to see that her driver's license is changed.

Below is a list of the county marriage license offices in Northeast Ohio:

Ashtabula County Probate Court
25 W. Jefferson St.
Jefferson, OH
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm
440 576-3453

Cuyahoga County Probate Court
1 Lakeside Avenue Room 146
Cleveland, OH
Hours: Monday - Friday: 830am - 430pm
216 443-8922

Geauga County Probate Court
231 Main St.
Chardon, OH 44024
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8am - 415pm

Lake County Probate Court
47 N. Park Place
Painesville, OH
Hours: Monday - Friday: 730am - 5pm

Lorain County Probate Court
226 Middle Avenue
Elyria, OH
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm

Madison County
Probate Court
1 N Main St
London, OH 43140

Mahoning County Court House
120 Market Street – First Floor
Youngstown, OH 44503

Hours: - Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fax: 330-740-2325
Marriage License: 330-740-2324
General E-mail:

Medina County Probate Court
93 Public Square
Medina, OH
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm

Portage County Probate Court
203 W. Main Street
Ravenna, OH
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm

Stark County Probate Court

Stark County Office Building
110 Central Plaza South, Suite 501
Canton, Ohio 44702-1413
Marriage License Department:
Hours: Monday through Friday - 8:30am - 4:15 pm

Telephone: (330) 451-7755

Summit County Probate Court
209 S. High Street
Akron, OH
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm

Tuscarawas County Probate Court

Room 103

101 East High Avenue
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

Office hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm - Monday through Friday
Phone: (330) 365-3245
Fax: (330) 364-3190

The Marriage License Bureau of the Tuscarawas County Probate Court is located in Room 103 of the old courthouse on the public square in New Philadelphia. Our phone number is (330) 365-3245.

We process applications for marriage licenses without appointments weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for government holidays. Cost for a marriage license is $70 CASH ONLY.


Below is a list of other locations where you may obtain your license:

Adams County
Probate Court
110 West Main
West Union, OH 45693

Allen County
Probate Court
301 N Main
Lima, OH 45801

Ashland County
Probate Court
West 2nd St
Ashland, OH 44805

Athens County Clerk
Probate Court
15 South Court Room 236
Athens, OH 45701

Augliazze County
Probate Court
201 Willipie St
Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Belmont County
Probate Court
Main St
St Clairsville, OH 43950

Brown County Clerk
Probate Court
800 Mt. Orab Pike
Georgetown, OH 45121

Butler County
Marriage License
130 High St
Hamilton, OH 45011

Carroll County
Probate Court
Carrollton, OH 44615

Champaign County
Probate Court
County 0
Urbana, OH 43078

Clark County
Probate Court
31 North Limestone St
Springfield, OH 45502

Clermont County
Probate Court
270 Main St
Batavia, OH 45103

Clinton County
Probate Court
Wilmington, OH 45177

Columbiana County
Probate Court
105 South Market St
Lisbon, OH 44432

Coshocton County
Probate Court
349 Main St
Coshocton, OH 43812

Crawford County
Probate Court
112 East Mansfield St
Bucyrus, OH 44820

Darke County
Probate Court
300 Garst Ave, # 2
Greenville, OH 45331

Defiance County
Probate Court
221 Clinton St
Defiance, OH 43512

Delaware County
Probate Court
88 N Sandusky St
Delaware, OH 43015

Fairfield County
Probate Court
224 E Main St, # 300
Lancaster, OH 43130

Fayette County
Probate Court
Washington, OH 43160

Franklin County
Probate Court
373 South High, 18th Fl
Columbus, OH 43215

Fulton County
Probate Court
210 S Fulton St
Wauseon, OH 43567

Gallia County
Probate Court
Locust St 740
Gallipolis, OH 45631

Greene County
Probate Court
45 N Detroit St
Xenia, OH 45385

Guernsey County
Probate Court
801 Wheeling Ave, # 203
Cambridge, OH 43725

Hamilton County
Probate Court
1000 Main St
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Hancock County
Probate Court
300 South Main St
Findlay, OH 45840

Hardin County
Probate Court
1 Court House Sq., # 210
2nd Floor-Courthouse
Kenton, OH 43326

Harrison County
Probate Court
105 Jamison Ave
Cadiz, OH 43907

Henry County
Probate Court
660 North Perry St
Napoleon, OH 43545

Highland County
Probate Court
105 N High St
Hillsboro, OH 45133

Hocking County
Probate Court
1 East Main St
Logan, OH 43138

Holmes County
Probate Court
1 E Jackson St, # 201
Millersburg, OH 44654

Huron County Recorder
Probate Court
2 E Main
Norwalk, OH 44857

Jackson County
Probate Court
226 E Main St
Courthouse, Main St
Jackson, OH 45640

Jefferson County
Probate Court
3rd And Market St
Steubenville, OH 43952

Knox County
Probate Court
106 East High St
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

Lake County
Probate Court
47 N Park Place
Painesville, OH 44077

Lawrence County
Probate Court
P.O. Box 77
Ironton, OH 45638

Licking County
P.O. Box 676
Newark, OH 43058

Logan County
Probate Court
101 S Main St, # 6
Bellefontaine, OH 43311

Lucas County
Probate Court
Marriage License
700 Adams St, # 200
Toledo, OH 43604

Marion County
Probate Court
Courthouse Sq
Marion, OH 43302

Meigs County
Probate Court
100 E 2nd St
Pomeroy, OH 45769

Mercer County
Probate Court
101 N Main St, # 306
Celina, OH 45822

Miami County
Probate Court
201 W Main
Troy, OH 45373

Monroe County
Probate Court
101 N Main St
Woodsfield, OH 43793

Montgomery County
Probate Court
41 N Perry St Fl 2
Dayton, OH 45422

Morgan County
Probate Court
19 East Main St
Mcconnelsville, OH 43756

Morrow County
Probate Court
48 E High St
Mt. Gilead, OH 43338

Muskingum County Recorder
P.O. Box 2895
Zanesville, OH 43702

Noble County
Probate Court
Courthouse # 270
Caldwell, OH 43724

Ottawa County
Probate Court
315 Madison St, # 205
Port Clinton, OH 43452

Paulding County
Probate Court
115 N Williams St
Paulding, OH 45879

Perry County
Probate Court
105 N Main St
New Lexington, OH 43764

Pickaway County
Probate Court
207 S Court St, # 3
Circleville, OH 43113

Pike County
Probate Court
100 E 2nd St
Waverly, OH 45690

Preble County
Probate Court
101 E Main St Fl 2
Eaton, OH 45320

Putman County
Probate Court
245 E Main St, # 204
Ottawa, OH 45875

Richland County
Probate Court
50 Park Ave East
Mansfield, OH 44902

Ross County
Probate Court
2 N Paint St, # A
Chillicothe, OH 45601

Sandusky County
Probate Court
100 North Park Ave
Fremont, OH 43420

Scioto County
Probate Court
602 Seventh St Rm 110
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Seneca County
Probate Court
103 South Washington St
Tiffin, OH 44883

Shelby County
Probate Court
129 E Court
Sidney, OH 45365

Trumbull County Recorder
Probate Court
160 High St, N.W.
Warren, OH 44481

Union County
Probate Court
215 W 5th St, # 107
Marysville, OH 43040

Van Wert County
Probate Court
121 E Main St, # 104
Van Wert, OH 45891

Vinton County
Probate Court
100 E Main St
McArthur, OH 45651

Warren County
Probate Court
570 Justice Drive
Lebanon, OH 45036

Washington County
Probate Court
205 Putnam St
Marietta, OH 45750

Wayne County
Probate Court
107 W Liberty St
Wooster, OH 44691

Williams County
Probate Court
1 Courthouse Sq
Bryan, OH 43506

Wood County
Probate Court
1 Courthouse Square
Bowling Green, OH 43402

Wyandot County
Probate Court
109 S. Sandunsky
Upper Sandusky, OH 43351