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State of Ohio
Marriage License Requirements

Marriage License Fee: Varies by county

Marriage Law Requirements for Ohio Marriage Licenses:

  • 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.

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

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


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Marriage Law Requirements for Ohio Marriage Licenses:

Adams Allen
Ashland Ashtabula
Athens Auglaize
Belmont Brown
Butler Carroll
Champaign Clark
Clermont Clinton
Columbiana Coshocton
Crawford Cuyahoga
Darke Defiance
Delaware Erie
Fairfield Fayette
Franklin Fulton
Gallia Geauga
Greene Guernsey
Hamilton Hancock
Hardin Harrison
Henry Highland
Hocking Holmes
Huron Jackson
Jefferson Knox
Lake Lawrence
Licking Location
Logan Lorain
Lucas Madison
Mahoning Marion
Medina Meigs
Mercer Miami
Monroe Montgomery
Morgan Morrow
Muskingum Noble
Ottawa Paulding
Perry Pickaway
Pike Portage
Preble Putnam
Richland Ross
Sandusky Scioto
Seneca Shelby
Stark Summit
Trumbull Tuscarawas
Union Van Wert
Vinton Warren
Washington Wayne
Williams Wood
Wyandot


Marriage Application Requirement Ohio:

To complete the application for a marriage license, a couple must:

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.


Marriage ID Requirement Ohio:

  • 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.


Marriage Waiting Period Ohio:

There is no waiting period in Ohio.


Marriage Residency Requirement Ohio:

  • 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.


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  • 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 Ohio:

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.



Proxy Marriages Ohio:

No.


Cousin Marriages Ohio:

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


Common Law Marriages Ohio:

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


Blood Test Requirement Ohio:

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.


Marriage Age Requirements Ohio: ✔ Get Copy Of Birth Certificate

  • 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.


Marriage Officiants 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.


Marriage Witnesses Ohio:

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


Expiration Date of Marriage License Ohio:

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


Copy of Certificate of Marriage License

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.