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Applying for a Marriage License in Ohio


If you've just set a date for your wedding, this can be an exciting time for the two of you! Don't let the marriage license laws of Ohio put a dent in your wedding plans.

Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Ohio marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your wedding date.

Congratulations and much happiness as you begin your lifetime journey together!

Requirements may vary as each county in Ohio could have their own requirements.

Residency Requirement in Ohio:

You do not have to be a resident of Ohio. You must apply in the county in which you want to get married.

ID Requirement:

Government issued ID such as drivers license, visa, passport, state ID. You need to know your social security numbers.

Previous Marriages:

Bring certified copy of divorce decree or a copy of deceased spouse's death certificate.

Covenant Marriage Option:


Waiting Period in Ohio:

There is no waiting period in Ohio.

Fees in Ohio:

It will cost you approximately $50+ to get married in Ohio, and depending on county - Cash only. Some counties accept money orders.

Other Tests:


Proxy Marriages:


Cousin Marriages:


Common Law Marriages:

Yes, if entered into a common law marriage before October 10, 1991. Otherwise, no.

Same Sex Marriages:

No. In November, 2004, voters passed a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Under 18:

If you are 18 to 21 years of age, you will need to show your birth certificate. Persons aged 16-17 must have consent to marry from parents or legal guardians and may have to contact the Probate Court. Additionally, the Judge may require the minors to state that they have received marriage counseling that is satisfactory to the court. Section 3101.05 also mentions how the court will deal with a pregnant minor.

Officiants in Ohio:

Any ordained or licensed clergymen who have presented their ordination credentials to the county probate judge, and justices of the peace.


License is valid for sixty (60) days.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Bureau of Vital Statistics
Ohio Department of Health
35 East Chestnut Street, 6th Floor
P.O. Box 15098
Columbus, OH 43215-0098
Phone: (614) 466-2531


State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

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