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State of Ohio
Application Process

  • The fee for a Ohio marriage license varies by county and is required at the time of application.

  • Minimum Age: (16).

    • An applicant younger than 18 must first get the consent of his or her parents or guardian and also have proof that he or she has received marriage counseling.

  • Waiting Period: None.

  • License Validity: (60) Days.

  • Blood Test: Not Required.

  • Residency: If you are not a resident of Ohio, but are getting married in Ohio, you must obtain your license in the county where the ceremony will take place.

    If you are a resident of Ohio, you must apply for your marriage license in the county in which one or the other of you lives.

  • Witnesses: Witnesses are not required in the State of Ohio.

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In order to obtain a marriage license in Ohio:

  • Both parties must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a marriage license in Ohio without parental consent.

  • Both parties must apply together in person.

    • If either or both parties are physically incapacitated, their physician must complete an affidavit stating the physical disability, and this affidavit shall be filed with the application for the marriage license.

  • Both parties must provide drivers licenses or some other valid photo identification.

  • Both parties must also know their social security number and it is preferred, but not required to have your social security card with you.

  • Both parties must complete the application.

  • Pay the necessary license fee.

ID Requirement:

  • Driver’s License

  • State issued ID card

  • US Military ID

  • US Passport

  • US Passport Card

  • Permanent Resident Card

  • Foreign Gov’t issued Passport

  • You need to know your social security numbers. All social security numbers are for identification purposes only and are held in confidence. It is not necessary to bring your social security card if you know your social security number.

Waiting Period:

There is no waiting period in Ohio.

Residency Requirement:

  • If you are not a resident of Ohio, but are getting married in Ohio, you must obtain your license in the county where the ceremony will take place.

  • If you are a resident of Ohio, you must apply for your marriage license in the county in which one or the other of you lives.

  • Previous Marriages:

    • Applicant(s) must provide a certified copy of the most recent divorce/annulment/dissolution decree along with case numbers/dates/locations (county/state/country) of all previous marriages, names of previous spouses and all current minor children.

    • Applicants are not required to produce copies of death certificates for deceased spouses.

    Marriage License Fees:

    The marriage license fees varies from Ohio county to county, so call ahead to your local County Probate Court’s office to find out the fee and ask what form of payment is accepted. In some cases, you may need to bring cash.

    Same Sex Marriages:


    Proxy Marriages:


    Cousin Marriages:

    No. Individuals may not marry nearer of kin than second cousins.

    Common Law Marriages:

    No, unless entered into a common law marriage before October 10, 1991.

    Blood test:

    Blood tests are no longer required in the State of Ohio.

    Name Change:

    Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.

    Under 18:

    • Ohio law requires all applicants under eighteen years of age to have a letter from their minister or a marriage counselor stating that they have received pre-marital counseling.

    • All applicants under eighteen years of age must also have the consent of both parents, or surviving parent, or the parent who has custody or the legal guardian of his or her person or any person having custody under Ohio Revised Code Section 3101.01.

    • Applicants under the minimum age must first obtain approval of the Juvenile Court.

    Officiants in Ohio:

    Only an ordained or licensed officiant who is registered with the Secretary of the State of Ohio, a judge, a mayor, or the Superintendent of the State School for the Deaf may solemnize a marriage.


    No. Witnesses are not required by law to sign the license.

    License Validity Time:

    The license is valid for (60) days from its date of issuance.

    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
    Ph: 614.466.2531

    Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. For more information regarding Ohio marriage license laws and records please visit www.ohio.gov.