How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Ohio?
Positioned in the Midwest between the Appalachian Mountains and Lake Erie, Ohio is known for its European and Asian art galleries and museums. If you get married in Ohio, you can visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum on your honeymoon.
Rules and Regulations
If you plan on getting hitched in Ohio, you will need to follow their list of rules and regulations for marriage in the state.
- You must be 18 years or older to get married without parental consent.
- If you are 16-17 years old, you may be married with parental or guardian consent, and proof of attendance for pre-marital counseling.
- You do not have to be a resident of Ohio to get married there, but if you are a non-resident, you will have to apply in the county where you will be joined. If you live in Ohio, you must apply in the county where one of you resides.
- You do not need any witnesses when you fill out your application or at your ceremony.
- Cousin marriage is now allowed.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
How to Apply
You must both appear in person, together at the County Probate Court office where you reside or will be married. Bring with you the following paperwork to complete your application:
- A marriage license fee (varies by county).
- A current, valid photo ID such as passport, driver’s license, green card, military ID or state ID.
- You do not need to bring a certified copy of your birth certificate.
- Both parties social security numbers.
- If both or either person is physically incapacitated, you must bring a physician’s statement attesting to the physical limitation.
- If you are divorced, bring a copy of your divorce decree with you when applying.
- Proof of address such as utility bill, pay stub, vehicle registration, etc.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is no waiting period to get married in Ohio. You can get married the same day if you want. The marriage license is only good for 60 days from the date of issue, so prepare accordingly and plan your wedding quickly.
Who Can Officiate
Only ministers ordained or licensed within the state along with judges, a mayor or the Superintendent for the State School for the Deaf may officiate at your wedding.
After the Wedding
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal.
You may request a copy of your marriage license after it has been filed and recorded. There is a $2 fee and you may obtain the copy in person or by mail.