The Hassle-Free Way to Apply for your Ohio Marriage Certificate

Marriage Certificates The Hassle-Free Way to Apply for your Ohio Marriage Certificate

How To Get A Copy Of An Ohio Marriage Certificate

Whether you plan on having a city or a rural wedding celebration, getting married in Ohio always starts with applying for a marriage license. You can get married in Ohio even if you live in another state or country. Applications for marriage licenses in Ohio are made at a probate court. The deputy clerk or the probate court judge will help you with the application process. You can apply for your marriage license in your county of residence or your future spouse's county of residence. Read on to find out more about the process of getting a marriage certificate in Ohio.

How to Make an Appointment for a Marriage License in Ohio

It is worth noting that to get your marriage license processed in Ohio, you have to book an appointment or call to schedule one. You can apply for your marriage certificate in person, online, or by mail, depending on your county's requirements. Applicants who have some form of medical issues that make them unable to appear in person are offered the alternative of obtaining their marriage certificate through video conferencing platforms such as Zoom. To avoid confusion, you should call to determine your eligibility for this service.

Minimum Requirements for Applying for a Marriage License in Ohio

1.    The law requires both applicants to physically appear in the Probate Court to get their marriage license. Note that an appointment will be required. Please call the Marriage Department in your county to book an appointment. Most offices are open between 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except on holidays.

2.    Both applicants have to provide a valid government identification. They should also know their social security number. Note that all social security numbers are treated as confidential information and are not kept as part of the official record of the courts.

3.    Applicants should swear that all the provided information is truthful and complete. If an application contains any false statements, the court will be forced to declare the marriage license void ab initio.

4.    Out-of-state residents who plan on getting married in Ohio must apply for a license in the county where they intend to hold the ceremony.

5.    Both applicants should be 18 and above.

6.    Both applicants should not share a close blood relationship and should not be married to someone else.

7.    If one or both couples were recently married, proof of marriage annulment or divorce will be required. You will also be asked to provide the exact dates, case numbers, and county, state, or country where all the previous marriages happened.

What to Bring to a Marriage License Appointment

There are specific documents you will be required to present before the probate court to determine your eligibility for a marriage license, such as: 

  • Government-issued identification documents.
  • Evidence of divorce if applicable
  • If you made the application online, you should bring a tracking number or confirmation page.

Do not forget to carry money to cater for the associated fees. Right from the time you get your marriage license, you have 60 days to carry out your wedding. If you fail to get married within this period, you will have to go through the marriage license application again, including paying the license fee again. In the same light, lost or damaged licenses cannot be replaced. You will have to re-apply. 

Marriage License Fee in Ohio

Depending on your county, getting a marriage license in Ohio will cost you anywhere between $36 to $76. The marriage license fee must be paid in full. There are no allocations for paying in installments, discounts, or waiver fees. Most important to note, you will not get your money back for any unused or an expired marriage license. A certified copy of your marriage certificate will cost you somewhere around $2 and $5.

The marriage license is issued by each county’s Probate Court, so to get the most accurate and updated information on requirements and fees, it is best to contact your local probate court directly. The table below provides the contact details for each county:

City/County/State Office

Contact Address and Phone Number

Allen County Health Dept.

219 East Market Street

Lima, OH 45802

Phone: 419-228-4457

Ashland County Health Department

1763 St. Rt. 60

Ashland, OH 44805

Phone: 419-282-4231

Fax: 419-282-4360

Auglaize County Health Department

813 Defiance St

Wapakoneta, OH 45895

Phone: 419-738-3410

Fax: 419-738-7818

Brown County Health Dept.

826 Mt. Orab Pike

Georgetown, OH 45121

Phone: 937-378-6892

Fax: 937-378-4301

Butler County Health Dept

301 S. 3rd Street

Hamilton, OH 45011

Phone: 513-863-1770

Cincinnati Vital Records

1525 Elm Street

4th Floor

Cincinnati, OH 45202

Phone: 866-550-1853

Fax: 866-550-1854

City Of Marietta Health Department

304 Putnam Street

Marietta, OH 45750

Phone: 740-373-0611

Fax: 740-376-6445

Clark County Health Dept

529 East Home Road

Springfield, OH 45503

Phone: 937-390-5600

Cleveland Vital Records

601 Lakeside Avenue

Room 122

Cleveland, OH 44114

Phone: 866-691-1914

Fax: 866-643-1905

Columbiana County Health Department

7360 St. Rt. 45

Lisbon, OH 44432

Phone: 330-424-0272

Fax: 330-424-1733

Coshocton City Health Department

400 Browns Lane

Coshocton, OH 43812

Phone: 740-622-4060

Fax: 740-623-4559

Crawford County General Health District

1520 Isaac Beal Road

Bucyrus, OH 44820

Phone: 419-562-5871

Fax: 419-562-2048

Darke County Health Department

300 Garst Ave.

Greenville, OH 45331

Phone: 937-548-4196

Fax: 937-548-9654

Defiance County General Health District

1300 East Second Street

Suite 100

Defiance, OH 43512

Phone: 419-784-3818

Delaware General Health District

1 West Winter Street

2nd Floor

Delaware, OH 43015

Phone: 740-368-1700

Fax: 740-368-1736

Franklin County Bureau Of Vital Records

240 Parsons Avenue

Columbus, OH 43215-5331

Phone: 877-648-0605

Fulton County Health Dept

606 S. Shoop Avenue

Wauseon, OH 43567

Phone: 419-337-0915

Gallia County Health Department

499 Jackson Pike

Suite D

Gallipolis, OH 45631

Phone: 877-316-3899

Geauga County Health District

470 Center St.

Building 8

Chardon, OH 44024

Phone: 440-279-1901

Fax: 440-286-1290

Greene County Combined Health District

360 Wilson Dr.

Xenia, OH 45385

Phone: 937-374-5639

Fax: 937-374-5675

Hamilton County Public Health

250 William Howard Taft

2nd Floor

Cincinnati, OH 45219

Phone: 513-946-7804

Hancock County Health Department

7748 CR 140

Findlay, OH 45840

Phone: 419-424-7105

Fax: 419-424-7189

Highland County Department Of Health

1487 N. High St.

Suite 400

Hillsboro, OH 45133

Phone: 937-393-1941

Fax: 937-393-4694

Jefferson Co. Health Department

500 Market Street

6th Floor

Steubenville, OH 43952

Phone: 740-283-8530

Fax: 740-283-8536

Lakewood Vital Statistics

12805 Detroit Avenue

Lakewood, OH 44107

Phone: 216-529-7690

Fax: 216-529-5910

Lorain County Public Health

9880 S. Murray Ridge Road

Elyria, OH 44035

Phone: 888-290-0228

Fax: 440-322-0911

Marion Public Health

181 South Main Street

Marion, OH 43302

Phone: 740-387-3604

Fax: 740-383-2251

Massillon City Health Department

111 Tremont Ave SW

Massillon, OH 44647

Phone: 330-830-1710

Fax: 330-830-1798

Meigs County Department Of Health

112 E. Memorial Dr.

Suite A

Pomeroy, OH 45769

Phone: 740-992-6626

Fax: 740-992-0836

Montgomery County Vital Records

117 S. Main Street

Dayton, OH 45402

Phone: 937-496-3114

Salem City Health District

230 North Lincoln Ave.

Suite 104

Salem, OH 44460

Phone: 330-332-1618

Fax: 330-332-8309

Seneca County General Health District

71 South Washington Street

Suite 1102

Tiffin, OH 44883

Phone: 419-447-3691

Fax: 419-448-5782

Stark County Health Department

7235 Whipple Ave. NW

Suite B

North Canton, OH 44720

Phone: 330-493-9904

Fax: 888-387-7890

Summit County General Health District

1867 West Market St.

Bldg A

Akron, OH 44313

Phone: 866-221-6684

Fax: 888-985-6572

Toledo - Lucas County Health Dept

635 North Erie Street

Toledo, OH 43604

Phone: 419-213-4100

Fax: 419-213-4621

Warren County Combined Health District

416 S. East Street

Lebanon, OH 45036

Phone: 513-695-1220

Fax: 513-695-2941

Wayne County Health Department

203 S. Walnut Street

Wooster, OH 44691

Phone: 330-264-9590

Fax: 330-262-2538

Williams County Dept Of Health

310 Lincoln Avenue

P.O. Box 146

Montpelier, OH 43543



Wood County Health Department Vital Records

1840 E. Gypsy Lane Road

Bowling Green, OH 43402

Phone: 419-354-1050

Fax: 419-353-9680

Youngstown City Health District

9 West Front St

Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone: 866-277-9849

Fax: 888-985-2554

Challenges of Applying for a Marriage Certificate in Ohio Yourself

The process of applying for a license can be pretty complicated. You have to fill out the marriage certificate, and there is a lot of documentation and follow-up involved. What is more, you will waste a lot of time, time that could have been used to plan for your wedding. DoNotPay has made it easy to request a copy of your marriage certificate.

Get a Copy of Your Marriage Certificate in Ohio With DoNotPay

If you want to get a copy of your marriage certificate and do not know where to start, DoNotPay has got you covered in 7 easy steps:

  1. Go to the Certificates of Marriage product on DoNotPay. Image:

  2. Select whether the certificate belongs to you or a relative/loved one. If it belongs to someone else, enter the details of both people on the certificate, and select/upload evidence that proves your relationship with them. If the certificate is yours, enter the details of your spouse. Image:

  3. Enter the city, state, and county where the marriage certificate was issued as well as the date it was issued.* Image:

  4. Indicate what you will be using this certificate for, and choose whether you need an authorized or certified copy. Image:

  5. Enter your contact information and shipping address. Upload copies of your government-issued identification, such as a driver's license. Image:

  6. Choose whether you would like to electronically sign this form or not. Once we generate the form, verify that all of the information is correct Image:

  7. If you need the document to be notarized, schedule a notarization appointment using our Notary product. Otherwise, proceed to our Mail Checks product and let DoNotPay mail-in your request form with a check on your behalf. Image:

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