If you're getting married in the state of Ohio you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…

Cost of Your License

How much does a marriage license cost?

The marriage license fee is roughly $50+, although the fee varies depending on the county. Accepted forms of payment are cash or money order.

Residency Requirement

Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?

If both partners are residents you may obtain your license from a Town Clerk of your residence. If only one of you is a resident go to the Town Clerk of that resident. In either circumstance, your license will be valid statewide. If neither partner are residents you must apply for your license in the county where the marriage will take place.

Waiting Period

After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?

There is no waiting period. You will receive your marriage license immediately after you submit your application.

Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?

No, you can get married immediately after your marriage license is issued.

License Expiration

How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 60 days from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

Unfortunately, you'll just have to get a brand new one as your expired one will no longer be recognized as valid by the state nor by the person who will be responsible for officiating your marriage.

Age Requirement

How old must I be to get married?

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parents or legal guardians must be present. If a parent can not be present, due to death, separation, divorce or other circumstances, proper evidence must be presented for verification. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 16 you can not marry without a court order.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If you were previously married, the date of your divorce or the date of your spouse's death must be provided. Bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. If necessary, a copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered from your local vital records office and mailed to you.

Marriage Name Change

How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?

When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for Ohio or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.

Proxy Marriage

What is a proxy marriage?

A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."

Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?

No, getting married by proxy is not allowed in Ohio. There are actually only five states left that do allow marriage by proxy.

Common Law Marriage

What is a common law marriage?

The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual Ohio marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

No, common-law marriages are not allowed in Ohio. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

No, cousin marriages are not allowed.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

Yes, same-sex marriages are allowed and legally recognized in Ohio.

Where to Go

Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?

Ohio has 85 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.

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
Ashtabula County Probate Court
25 West Jefferson St
Jefferson, OH 44047
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
Cuyahoga County Probate Court
1 W Lakeside Ave, # 107
Cleveland, OH 44113
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
Lorain County Probate Court
226 Middle Ave
Elyria, OH 44035
Lucas County Probate Court
Marriage License
700 Adams St, # 200
Toledo, OH 43604
Madison County Probate Court
1 N Main St
London, OH 43140
Mahoning County Probate Court
120 Market St
Youngstown, OH 44503
Marion County Probate Court
Courthouse Sq
Marion, OH 43302
Medina County Probate Court
99 Public Square
Medina, OH 44256
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
Portage County Probate Court
449 South Meridian St
Ravenna, OH 44266
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
Stark County Probate Court
110 Central Plaza South
Canton, OH 44702
Summit County Probate Court
175 S. Main St 4th Fl
Akron, OH 44308
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