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Not just anyone can perform a marriage ceremony in the state of Ohio.  Marriages are to be performed by an ordained minister of any religious society or congregation within the state licensed to perform marriages; the Probate Court Judge or any other judge appointed as a probate judge; a 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. 
 
Please Note: It is the responsibility of the bride and groom to be sure that the person officiating at the wedding ceremony is licensed in the state of Ohio.  A minister, upon producing to the secretary of state credentials of his / her being a regularly ordained or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation, shall be entitled to receive from the secretary of state a license authorizing him / her to solemnize marriages in this state so long as he / she continues as a regular minister in such society or congregation. A minister shall produce for inspection their license to solemnize marriages upon demand of any party to a marriage of which he / she proposes to officiate or upon demand of any Probate Court Judge.

The Application for Minister's License Form can be obtained from the Ohio Secretary of State.

The following is a list of available civil ceremony officiants for Hamilton County. The Duty Judge of the Hamilton County Municipal Court will conduct civil marriage ceremonies. If you are interested in having the Duty Judge of the Municipal Court perform your ceremony, please call 513-946-5200 or visit http://www.hamilton-co.org/MunicipalCourt/Marriage/Officiants.htm.

In addition, the Judges and Mayors listed below are willing to perform civil ceremonies with limited restrictions.

CIVIL CEREMONY OFFICIANTS
(All Area Codes are 513)
MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGES
COURTROOM
JUDGE
PHONE
164
Brad Greenberg
(Duty Week Only)
946-5169
134
Dwane Mallory
(Duty Week Only)
946-5122
140
Russell J. Mock II
946-5138
124
Melissa Powers
946-5143
270
Fanon A. Rucker
946-5256
 
MAYORS
MUNICIPALITY
MAYOR
PHONE
Addyston
Dan Pillow
941-1060
Cheviot
Samuel D. Keller
661-2700
Deer Park
David A. Collins
794-8860
Fairfax
Theodore W. Shannon, Jr.
(Only perform in Fairfax)
527-6504
Greenhills
Fred Murrell
825-2100
Harrison
Joel F. McGuire
276-9552
Lincoln Heights
John W. Key, Jr.
733-5900 ext. 3
Lockland
Jim Brown
761-1126 Ext. 114
Loveland
Linda Cox
(Prefer at Loveland City Hall)
683-0412
Madeira
Rick Brasington
561-7228
Mariemont
Dan Policastro
561-0277
Montgomery
Ken Suer
(C) 477-2886
(H) 247-9271
North Bend
Douglas Sammons
941-0610
Silverton
John A. Smith
936-6240
Springdale
Doyle Webster
671-4489