Ohio Marriage License Laws and Requirements

Find out how to get married in OH

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?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed or 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