The following are the absolute
minimum requirements for every applicant (see Checklist
for Minors for the added requirements for minor applicants).
Bride and Groom must be present at the time of application.
Unless one or both of the applicants are incapacitated.
Note: We do not issue licenses to incarcerated individuals
under any circumstances.
||The fee for the license is $45.00. Cash or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) are accepted.
Checks are not accepted. There is an additional fee when paying with a Credit Card: See Credit Card Fees.
and groom must each have a government issued photo ID
(i.e., Driver's License, State ID, passport, VISA, etc.).
of the applicants is also an issue. Ohio residents
wanting to marry in Ohio, apply in the county where they
reside. Out of state residents getting married in
Ohio, apply in the county in which they are getting married.
applicant has been married before, then the Decree of Divorce
(or Dissolution) must be presented. Note: the copy
of the decree presented should have the proper stamps and
signatures showing it was in fact entered in the court,
and we do not accept copies of separation agreements or
custody papers. Decrees written in a foreign language
must be translated into the English language with a certification
from the translator that the translation is true and accurate.
If either applicant is a widow or widower we do not require a Death Certificate.
must get married within 60 days of our issuing the license.
While there is no blood testing or waiting period, the license
does expire 60 days after issuance.
must swear, or affirm, that all information and testimony
provided is true, correct, and complete.
must sign their full name (including middle name) on the
actual Marriage License.
Upon entering our office a couple will fill
out an application, gathering information that
will appear on the actual Marriage License. When finished,
the couple will be called on by one of our clerks, who will
then verify that the above requirements have been met. The clerk
will then administer the oath, ring up the $45.00, and print
the license for signing. Before signing the license, it
is important that the couple confirm all information is spelled
correctly and is completely accurate. Prior to leaving,
the clerk will give the couple two forms for the wedding officiant
(be it minister, mayor, or judge), a "souvenir" marriage
license, and some general information forms. The forms
for the officiant are the most important. These two forms
are given to the officiant prior to performing the ceremony.
One of the forms confirms that we have issued a license for
the couple to wed, the other is for the officiant to fill out
(confirming that he / she performed the ceremony) and mail back
to us. The license is not complete until this form is
returned to our office. The souvenir license is strictly
decorative and does not have any legal significance. Once
we have completed the license, we will make a certified copy
and mail it to the couple. This certified copy is the
legal proof of marriage needed to change the bride's name with
Social Security and the Driver's License Bureau. Along with
the certified copy we will mail a set of souvenir wallet cards.
Like the souvenir license, these cards do not have any legal
on Who Can Perform Marriage Ceremonies
This section explains who can legally perform
a wedding ceremony in the state of Ohio. We also provide information
for ministers wishing to be licensed in Ohio so that they too can
Additional Certified Copies
Sometimes one certified copy
proving legal marriage just is not enough. Find out what
the procedure is for obtaining additional copies.