Certified Records

(614) 525-3899

The Probate Court maintains records for all matters filed with the Court including Estates, Guardianships, Name Changes, Marriage Licenses, and various other actions. Some of the Court's records are confidential by law and are not open for public inspection, including records of Adoptions, Mental Illness, and Developmental Disabilities.

The Court maintains records for review, copy, and certification in several formats. These formats are; hard copy original, microfilm, microfiche, and electronic image. Electronic images are available on filings received on or after August 2, 1998. All public records stored electronically will be available from this website at a later date.

The Probate Court also maintains birth and death records for Franklin County, Ohio, for the years of 1867 through 1908, Marriage Records from 1803 to present, and Estate, Guardianship, and Name Change records from 1898 to present. The State of Ohio did not maintain birth or death records prior to 1867.

Death records from December 20, 1908 to 1944 are held with the Ohio History Connection. All birth records after 1908 and death records after 1944 are held with the Ohio Bureau of Vital Statistics/Department of Health.

Requests for Regular and Certified Copies of Court Documents

Certified copies of Court Records are $1.00 each. Regular copies of imaged records can be burned to a compact disc. A disc costs $1.00 and can hold multiple cases/images. Regular hard paper copies are $.05 each. (Payment must be made by cash, certified check, cashier's check, money order, attorney's check or credit/debit card. Personal checks are NOT accepted).

Record searches may be conducted in person, requested by U.S. Mail, or eMail Requests Probate@franklincountyohio.gov

For requests submitted by U.S. Mail, please send a self addressed stamped envelope with your request to the following address:

Franklin County Probate Court
ATTN: Certified Desk
373 South High Street, 22nd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6311

Requests for Certified Copies of Marriage Abstracts

You can obtain a certified copy of your Marriage Abstract by ordering online, requesting in person or requesting by mail.

IMPORTANT

Before you can order your Marriage Abstract, the following two questions must be answered “YES

1.)    Was the Marriage License obtained in Franklin County Ohio?

  • If “No”, STOP do not proceed.  Please contact the Probate Court in the county the marriage license was obtained.
  • If “Yes”, please proceed to question #2.

2.)    Have you verified the Certification has been returned by the Officiant?

  • If “NO”, please check the Marriage Record Case Search to first verify that the certification has been returned.
  • If there is no Date under “Certif Returned”, STOP do not proceed.  Contact your officiant to see when they will return the Certification to Probate Court.
  • If Married BEFORE 1/1/1995, please either email the Franklin County Probate Court Marriage Department or call (614-525-3108) to verify the license was obtained in Franklin County.

Thank you! You are now ready to place your order for your Marriage Abstract.

Online Ordering - Credit/Debit Request

Use your credit or debit card to order copies through Official Payments Corporation. The cost is $2.00 for each certified copy, plus postage fees. There will be a convenience fee charged by Official Payments in the amount of $1.00 per transaction.

The link below will take you to the Official Payments website to process your request and make payment for your marriage abstract(s). IF you DID NOT get your marriage license in Franklin County Ohio DO NOT PROCEED to the following link. If you got your license in a county other than Franklin County, please contact the Probate Court of the county where your license was issued to obtain your marriage abstract.

By clicking SUBMIT to process a credit/debit request, you are agreeing to Ohio Revised Code Sections 301.28 and 2101.16 (A) that this is a service rendered and the funds in this transaction are nonrefundable. 

(Only if your marriage license was issued in Franklin County, Ohio) Proceed to the Official Payments website to order Marriage Abstracts online. *Please note that all expedited orders are through Fed Ex and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes.  A physical street address and residence number is required.  Standard deliveries of marriage abstracts can be sent to PO Boxes.

Request in Person

To obtain marriage records for Franklin County, Ohio you may visit the Court at 373 S. High Street, 23rd floor, Columbus, Ohio, and obtain the record while you wait. Court hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Court is closed for all legal holidays. The cost for each Certified Marriage Abstract (Proof of Marriage) is $2.00. You will need the following information:

  1. APPLICANT 1 name (maiden or previous to this marriage, if applicable)
  2. APPLICANT 2 name (maiden or previous to this marriage, if applicable)
  3. The year of the marriage (the Court needs at least an approximate year to be able to search for the record)

Request by Mail

Mail your request to:

Franklin County Probate Court
ATTN: Marriage Records
373 S. High St., 22nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6311

In your request you need to include:

  1. APPLICANT 1 name (maiden or previous to this marriage, if applicable)
  2. APPLICANT 2 name (maiden or previous to this marriage, if applicable)
  3. The year of the marriage (the Court needs at least an approximate year to be able to search for the record)
  4. Daytime phone number where you can be reached
  5. $2.00 CASH OR MONEY ORDER ONLY for each copy that you are requesting
  6. A self addressed stamped envelope so the Court can send the abstract back to you

Legal practice in the Probate Court is restricted by law to attorneys who are licensed by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Due to the complexity of the law and desire to avoid costly errors, most individuals who have filings before the Court are represented by an attorney. Court employees are prohibited by statute from practicing law and cannot give legal advice.