During the current healthcare crisis, our marriage license process has been revised to protect our Probate employees and the public. At this time, we ask that you only apply for a license within 14 days of your scheduled marriage ceremony. Please be sure your officiant is still able to marry you before you go through this process and schedule an appointment. You may choose either the Online Process or the Pick Up Process.
Fill out our online marriage license abstract (pdf fillable form) or print blank copy from this website under the Marriage License -> Marriage License Process section.
Complete all forms, including addendum (if necessary), electronically or print legibly in black or blue ink, include your mailing address, telephone number and email address on the third form. Please be sure both applicants sign the License (first page on the line with the "X") before returning it.
Mail completed forms to Hamilton County Probate Court, 230 E. 9th Street, 10th Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202 along with your money order made out to "Hamilton County Probate Court" or cash for $75.00 (exact amount only).
Once our Clerk has received your application, they will call you to setup an appointment to come into our office to complete the process. Bring valid identification and certified copy of most recent divorce decree, if applicable. Appointments will be set every 30 minutes from 8:15 – 3:15 Monday through Friday. If you are more than 10 minutes late for your appointment, it will be canceled and you will need to reschedule.
After your appointment is concluded, you will leave with all the documents necessary for your marriage. Please remember that your license is only valid for 60 days from the day it is issued.
Upon the completion of your ceremony, your officiant should complete and mail the Marriage Certificate form to our Marriage License Department. Upon receipt of the Marriage Certificate, the Certified Abstract of Marriage will be completed, certified, and mailed to Applicants.
PICK UP PROCESS
You can pick up marriage license forms on the 1st floor of the William Howard Taft Center located at 230 E. 9th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Fill out forms as discussed above, sign it, enclose money order for $75.00 made out to "Hamilton County Probate Court" or cash for $75.00 (exact amount only).
Place forms in envelope provided and put in drop box located on 1st floor.
Please note: As a precaution, the mail and any envelopes placed in drop box will be quarantined for 24 hours before our staff opens them. This procedure has been implemented in order to issue marriage licenses during the COVID-19 pandemic only.
This is a temporary situation. Once business operations resume as usual, licenses will be issued as they were previously.
If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to contact our Marriage License Clerks at 513-946-3564.
We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this difficult time.
Marriage License Department
Hamilton County Probate Court
Ralph Winkler, Judge
March 23, 2020 4:05 P.M.
Effective 3/24/20, the Hamilton County Probate Court will no longer have direct contact with the public as directed by the “Shelter-In-Place” order issued by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Governor’s Office. We will be unable to have direct public contact for any of our Civil Matters or scheduled hearings until this Order is canceled. Please review our local rules and website for online, fax and mail options to make Court filings. Visit our website at www.probatect.org to attain necessary Court forms, Court Records, and make payments through our Cashier’s Office. Boxes will be available in our lobby, on the 9th floor, to receive in-person filings. Please provide your contact information and any necessary payments, via law firm check, cashier’s check or money order, with your paperwork. At this time cash, credit cards and personal checks are not being accepted with these types of filings. All in-person filings and mail will be quarantined for 24 hours prior to handling by our office.
For Mental Health Cases:
Please call the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Mobile Crisis for a phone consultation at (513) 584-5098 to explore options for someone you feel may need to be evaluated, or admitted for mental illness. Please note UCMC Mobile Crisis Team has temporally reduced home and community visits for the safety of consumers. They are available for phone consultation at this time.
For Marriage License:
We will no longer be able to issue in-person Marriage Licenses starting 3/24/20. The Court is currently developing an online video conferencing tool to issue licenses. Please check back with our website frequently to find out more information on this new process. We are sorry for this inconvenience.
If you have any questions, please call 1-513-946-3570 between 8:15 AM and 3:30 PM M-F.
Due to the fluidity of the public health crisis, the Court will continue to monitor any releases or directives from relevant agencies and may modify accordingly the operating procedures set forth herein. Please monitor the Court's website for any new information.
Once again, thank you for your assistance and understanding as we continue to serve the public during this difficult time.
Judge Ralph Winkler
Under the "Estate Administration" section, we now have the new forms related to the release of decedent's medical records (e.g., Application, Notice, Waiver, Entries, etc.).