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Marriage license Laws in the state of Ohio, here is what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the Ohio marriage laws before filling out the Ohio marriage license form.

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In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document in your state that allows you to officially tie the knot under the law. The rules for acquiring your marriage license varies from state to state, so you should check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

You'll typically need to apply for your marriage license at least one month before your wedding ceremony. You'll traditionally need to send in your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents. You don't, however, want to apply for your marriage license too early. In some states, the licenses do expire, if you don't get married within a few months.

When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, but you'll need to apply for the certificate together, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.

And, believe it or not, just because you have your marriage license sent to you in the mail does not mean you are officially married. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your chaplain your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

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

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

If previously married: Bring certified copy of divorce decree or a copy of deceased spouse's death certificate.

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Application Requirement: Both parties to a marriage should appear in person to obtain the license.

Fees: $40+ depending on county - Cash only. Some counties accept money orders.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Blood Tests: No tests.

Under 21: 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.

Proxy Marriages: No.

Common Law Marriage: Yes and No. A Common Law marriage entered into in Ohio before October 10, l991 constitutes a valid, legal marriage in Ohio. After October 10, l991, new Common Law marriages are prohibited in Ohio.

The six essential elements of a Common Law marriage in Ohio are:

  1. a mutual agreement of marriage "in praesenti" (presently);

  2. made by persons competent to marry;

  3. followed by cohabitation (including a sexual consummation of the marriage);

  4. a holding out to the public that the parties are actually husband and wife;

  5. a reputation in the community that the parties are husband and wife; and

  6. that the Common Law marriage was entered into before October 10, l991.

Cousin Marriage: No.

Same Sex Marriage: No.

Officiants: Authorization to solemnize marriages in Ohio is issued by Secretary of State’s office to any ordained or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation requesting the license.

Valid: License is valid for 60 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Ohio.

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

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

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.

To notify us of corrections or additions send an email to update@usmarriagelaws.com.  Please include the state and county information.

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Ohio Clerk's Office

Adams County
West Union, OH
937.544.2368

Allen County
Lima, OH
419.223.8501

Ashland County
Ashland, OH
419.289.0000

Ashtabula County
Jefferson, OH
440.576.3451

Athens County
Athens, OH
740.592.3251

Augliazze County
Wapakoneta, OH
419.738.7710

Belmont County
St Clairsville, OH
740.699.2144

Brown County
Georgetown, OH
937.378.6549

Butler County
Hamilton, OH
513.887.3300

Carroll County
Carrollton, OH
330.627.2323

Champaign County
Urbana, OH
937.652.2108

Clark County
Springfield, OH
937.328.2435

Clermont County
Batavia, OH
513.732.7243

Clinton County
Wilmington, OH
937.382.2280

Columbiana County
Lisbon, OH
330.424.9511

Coshocton County
Coshocton, OH
740.622.1837

Crawford County
Bucyrus, OH
419.562.8891

Cuyahoga County
Cleveland, OH
216.443.8920

Darke County
Greenville, OH
937.547.7345

Defiance County
Defiance, OH
419.782.4181

Delaware County
Delaware, OH
740.368.1880

Fairfield County
Lancaster, OH
740.687.7090

Fayette County
Washington, OH
740.335.0640

Franklin County
Columbus, OH
614.462.3894

Fulton County
Wauseon, OH
419.337.9242

Gallia County
Gallipolis, OH
740.446.4612

Greene County
Xenia, OH
937.376.5280

Guernsey County
Cambridge, OH
740.432.9262

Hamilton County
Cincinnati, OH
513.946.3600

Hancock County
Findlay, OH
419.424,7079

Hardin County
Kenton, OH
419.674.2230

Harrison County
Cadiz, OH
740.942.8868

Henry County
Napoleon, OH
419.592.7771

Highland County
Hillsboro, OH
937.393.9981

Hocking County
Logan, OH
740.385.3022

Holmes County
Millersburg, OH
330.674.5881

Huron County
Norwalk, OH
419.668.4383

Jackson County
Jackson, OH
740.286.1401

Jefferson County
Steubenville, OH
740.283.8554

Knox County
Mount Vernon, OH
740.393.6798

Lake County
Painesville, OH
440.350.2624

Lawrence County
Ironton, OH
740.533.4343

Licking County
Newark, OH
614.349.6060

Logan County
Bellefontaine, OH
937.599.7252

Lorain County
Elyria, OH
440.329.5175

Lucas County
Toledo, OH
419.245.4750

Madison County
London, OH
740.852.0756

Mahoning County
Youngstown, OH
330.740.2314

Marion County
Marion, OH
740.387.7614

Medina County
Medina, OH
330.725.9703

Meigs County
Pomeroy, OH
740.992.3096

Mercer County
Celina, OH
419.586.8779

Miami County
Troy, OH
937.332.6823

Monroe County
Woodsfield, OH
740.472.1654

Montgomery County
Dayton, OH
937.225.4593

Morgan County
Mcconnelsville, OH
740.962.2861

Morrow County
Mt. Gilead, OH
419.947.5575

Muskingum County
Zanesville, OH
740.455.7113

Noble County
Caldwell, OH
740.732.5047

Ottawa County
Port Clinton, OH
419.734.6830

Paulding County
Paulding, OH
419.399.8256

Perry County
New Lexington, OH
740.342.1493

Pickaway County
Circleville, OH
740.474.3950

Pike County
Waverly, OH
740.947.2560

Portage County
Ravenna, OH
330.297.3870

Preble County
Eaton, OH
937.456.8137

Putman County
Ottawa, OH
419.523.3012

Richland County
Mansfield, OH
419.774.5583

Ross County
Chillicothe, OH
740.774.1179

Sandusky County
Fremont, OH
419.334.6211

Scioto County
Portsmouth, OH
740.355.8351

Seneca County
Tiffin, OH
419.447.3121

Shelby County
Sidney, OH
937.498.7263

Stark County
Canton, OH
330.438.0755

Summit County
Akron, OH
330.643.2323

Trumbull County
Warren, OH
330.675.2521

Union County
Marysville, OH
937.645.3029

Van Wert County
Van Wert, OH
419.238.0027

Vinton County
McArthur, OH
740.596.5480

Warren County
Lebanon, OH
513.932.1181

Washington County
Marietta, OH
740.373.6623

Wayne County
Wooster, OH
330.287.5575

Williams County
Bryan, OH
419.636.1548

Wood County
Bowling Green, OH
419.636.1548

Wyandot County
Upper Sandusky, OH
419.294.2302

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