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The Franklin County Probate Court issues marriage licenses to residents of Franklin County, Ohio who are planning to marry in the state of Ohio. Licenses may also be issued to out-of-state residents who plan to marry in Franklin County, Ohio.
Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of this page for additional requirements to complete your application, or call 614-525-3898 for the department’s automated information line, available 24/7.
 
CURRENT COVID-19 POLICY
**Please be aware, per state and local government order, you must wear a face covering inside the Franklin County Courthouse Complex. ** Do not attend an in-person appointment at the courthouse if you have a temperature of 100.4 or above, and/or are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms.
 
MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICANTS
Applications are processed by appointment only. Please call 614-525-3108 to schedule an appointment.
In-person Appointments: Please click HERE for requirements to obtain a license when appearing in-person at the courthouse. Applicants are required to pay in cash with exact change ($65.00) or via credit/debit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover). A separate 3% service charge will apply to all credit/debit card transactions.
Remote Video Appointments: The option of obtaining a marriage license by appearing via remote video conference on the Zoom platform is available. Please click HERE for the requirements to obtain your license via remote video conference. Applicants are required to pay via credit/debt card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover). A separate 3% service charge will apply to all credit/debit card transactions.
ALL APPLICANTS MUST COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION PRIOR TO THEIR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT, found HERE.
 
ORDERING MARRIAGE ABSTRACTS (RECORD OF MARRIAGE)
After your officiant has returned your license to confirm that the marriage was solemnized, you may order certified marriage abstracts (the record of your marriage). Abstracts may be ordered ONLINE or by MAIL. Please see requirements HERE.

 

Services

Marriage License

$65.00 View requirements & apply *

Certified Marriage Abstract (Proof of Marriage)

$2.00 per copy How to obtain

* Online Marriage Application is unavailable nightly from 10:00pm to 2:00am
Payment must be made by cash or credit/debit card.  Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. There is a separate 3% service charge for all credit/debit transactions that take place in the Probate Court.
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions About Marriage Licenses

Who may apply?

Individual adults who are 18 or over who are not nearer of kin than second cousins to the other applicant, and not having a spouse living may apply for a license.

What if i am under the age of 18?

Any applicant under the age of 18 must first file a petition for consent to the marriage of a minor with the Franklin County Juvenile Court. After you have obtained the consent of the Juvenile Court, a license may not be issued until 14 days after the final order of the Juvenile Court is filed. The Probate Court will not issue a license or accept an application prior to the 14 days. A copy of the order must be provided before an application will be accepted. Please contact the Franklin County Juvenile Court first to initiate the consent process before you contact the marriage license department for an appointment.

May I receive a license if i am a Franklin county resident?

If you are getting married in the State of Ohio and are a resident of Ohio you must obtain your license within the county where either or both applicant resides. The license is valid anywhere in the State of Ohio to solemnize your marriage. Therefore, if one or both applicants is a Franklin County resident who intends to marry somewhere in the state of Ohio, you may apply for your license in this Court. Proof of residency must be provided. If your photo ID does not list your current address in Franklin County, you must provide proof of residency, such as a piece of mail with your address from a bank statement, lease agreement or mortgage statement, or utility bill.

May I receive a license if i am aN out-of-State resident?

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 getting married in Franklin County, Ohio, the Court requires the name of your officiant, and a statement on official letterhead from that officiant in order to obtain your license. This statement should include the names of both applicants, the name of the officiant, the date of the wedding ceremony. Please bring this statement to your in-person appointment. If you are appearing via remote video conferencing, please e-mail a copy of the document to marriage@franklincountyohio.gov or mail it to the Franklin County Probate Court, 373 S. High Street, Floor 23, Columbus, Ohio 43215 PRIOR to your scheduled appointment.

HOW DO WE APPLY?

The license application must be initiated via the online application found HERE. Both applicants must then schedule an appointment to appear together, either in-person or via remote video conference to finish the application process. An appointment is required. Please call the Marriage Department to schedule at 614-525-3108.  Each applicant must provide valid photo identification that includes their birth date and know their social security number. All social security numbers are held in confidence and do not become a part of the Court's public records.

HOW DO WE APPEAR FOR OUR APPOINTMENT?

Appointments can be conducted in-person at the courthouse, or via remote video conferencing on the Zoom platform. See the information at the top of the website page for additional requirements for each type of appointment. Couples appearing via remote video conferencing must appear together on the conference. Couples appearing at the courthouse must both attend the appointment together.

WHAT IF WE NEED AN INTERPRETER?

Interpretation services can be provided. Please contact the Probate Court for further information.

MUST WE SHOW PROOF OF DIVORCES/ANNULMENTS OR THE DEATH OF A PREVIOUS SPOUSE?

If the marriage ended in divorce or annulment, the 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.

IS THERE A WAITING PERIOD?

No. After the application is accepted there is no waiting period to receive the license. The license is valid for 60 days from its date of issuance.

WHAT IF WE DISCOVER THERE'S AN ERROR ON OUR MARRIAGE LICENSE OR APPLICATION?

The cost of correcting a minor error on a marriage application is $5.00. The cost for amending an application to include additional information about past marriages is $35.00 and will require both parties to appear at a hearing before a magistrate for approval. If you believe there is an error on your marriage application, you can visit the Court's marriage department and apply to have it corrected.

WHO MAY SOLEMNIZE A MARRIAGE?

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.

To find out if your minister is registered with the Secretary of State, call (877)-767-6446 or visit Ohio Secretary of State Ministers Search.

CIVIL CEREMONY INFORMATION

The Franklin County Probate Court issues marriage licenses only; the Court is unable to assist with recommending or providing an officiant to solemnize your marriage. Please see the contact information below for the Franklin County Municipal Court, which may be able to assist with providing an officiant for civil ceremonies.
Franklin County Municipal Court
614-645-8162

WHAT IF I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?

An automated line is available 24/7 with detailed information about the marriage license process. You may contact that number anytime at 614-525-3898. If you cannot find the information on the website or the automated line, please call 614-525-3108 to speak with a deputy clerk during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. If you receive the department’s voicemail, please leave a message with your name and contact phone number so that a deputy clerk can return your call promptly.

HOW DO WE GET A CERTIFIED COPY OF OUR MARRIAGE ABSTRACT
(PROOF OF MARRIAGE)?


YOU CAN OBTAIN A CERTIFIED COPY OF YOUR MARRIAGE ABSTRACT BY ORDERING ONLINE OR REQUESTING BY MAIL.

Certified Marriage Abstract cost is $2.00 per copy.

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

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

  • If “No”, STOP.  Please contact the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued.
  • If “Yes”, please proceed to question #2.

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

  • If “No”, please check the Marriage License Index Search to first verify that the Certification has been returned. If there is no Date given under “Certif Returned”, STOP and 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 issued in Franklin County.
  • If "Yes", you are ready to order your Marriage Abstract.
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Order Online

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

If you were issued your marriage license in Franklin County Ohio, the link below will take you to the Point & Pay 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, please contact the Probate Court of the county where your license was issued to obtain your marriage abstract.

By clicking SUBMIT to process an online order, 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.

PLACE ORDER AND MAKE PAYMENT

*Due to technical and procedural issues, the Franklin County Probate Court will no longer send certified marriage abstracts through an expedited mail delivery method. All certified marriage abstracts will be sent through standard U. S. Mail. We apologize for the inconvenience. The Probate Court will look into providing an expedited mail delivery method in the future.

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Request by Mail

MAIL REQUESTS 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
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Request in Person

Please request your marriage abstract via the online ordering system or by mail at this time if possible, due to pandemic-related restrictions. If it is necessary to request an abstract in person, please visit the marriage department at 373 S. High Street, Floor 23, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
Court hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please visit the department no later than 4:00 p.m. to ensure timely service. The court is closed on all county holidays. Due to the appointments being conducted for applicants, you may have to wait for a deputy clerk to become available between appointments to assist you. (Or in the alternative: To avoid a possible wait time at the court, please call 614-525-3108 to schedule an appointment to complete this request.)
The cost for each certified copy is $2.00. – cash or credit/debit card only. A separate 3% service fee will apply for all credit/debit card transactions.
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 (as the court will need an approximate year to search for the record).

Helpful Numbers

Franklin County Board of Elections
614-525-3100
Ohio State Bar Association
614-487-2050
Franklin County Clerk of Court - Auto Title Department
614-525-3090
Immigration Naturalization Service
1-800-375-5283
Columbus Bar Association
614-221-4112
Social Security Administration or Toll Free
1-866-964-1723 or 1-800-772-1213
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
614-752-7500