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We are currently 3 weeks out and by appointment only for Marriage Licenses.

Please order your Marriage Abstract (Proof of Marriage) online through our website. 

Please do not come to the Marriage Department without an appointment due to necessary COVID-19 distancing

Thank you very much and congratulations!

 
The Franklin County Probate Court will begin offering the option of obtaining marriage licenses via video conferencing on May 28, 2020. This is an additional option for applicants; the court will continue to offer in-person appointments if desired. If you want to schedule an appointment to complete the application process via video conferencing, please read the information below regarding the requirements:

Applicants:

  1. One or both applicants must be a Franklin County resident.
  2. Applicants must have an upcoming wedding in the next 60 days.
  3. All other requirements for a marriage license in the state of Ohio must be met. See Frequently Answered Questions for additional requirements at https://probate.franklincountyohio.gov/marriage-license-requirements
  4. The online application must be completed prior to the video conferencing session, which is available at https://probate.franklincountyohio.gov/marriage-license-application
  5. An appointment must be scheduled with the Marriage Department for the video conferencing session. A deputy clerk will send the log-in information to the email address provided at the time the appointment is scheduled.
Documents and Identification – Applicants must have the following for their appointment:
  1. Photo identification for both applicants;
  2. Proof of residence in Franklin County for one or both applicants;
  3. Certified copy of your most recent divorce decree.
  4. A valid credit card for payment of the license that can be presented to the clerk during the video conference.
Technological Capabilities – Applicants must have the following for the video conference:
  1. A computer (desktop or laptop; Windows or Mac) with camera/speakers for video conferencing. Applicants must appear together and NOT on separate video feeds. 
  2. The most recent version of the Zoom videoconferencing application. You can download the application for free, along with viewing instructions about joining a Zoom meeting at: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting
  3. The most recent version of the Adobe Reader application. You can download the application for free at: https://get.adobe.com/reader/ (Note: Reader is sufficient. You do not need to purchase Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Pro to participate in this application process.) Due to this requirement, the applicants must appear on a computer and NOT a smartphone.
  4. During your appointment, you must be able to access messages on your computer from the email address you provided to the clerk at the time you scheduled your appointment.

If you are ready to proceed with scheduling an appointment, please contact the Franklin County Probate Court Marriage Department at 614-525-3108 between 8:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday. If you do not have all of the above technological capabilities, please contact the Marriage Department to schedule an in-person appointment to obtain your marriage license.


COVID-19 Probate Court Update
New Process for Marriage Licenses – Effective 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Due to the decision by the Franklin County Commissioners to close the Franklin County Courthouse Complex, effective 3/21/2020, and the “Stay At Home” order issued by Governor DeWine and Ohio Director of Health Dr. Amy Acton, the following new procedures will be in effect for the issuance of marriage licenses starting 3/24/2020.

Marriage licenses will only be issued to those applicants who call the Probate Court in advance to set an appointment. Applicants should call (614) 525-3108 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to schedule an appointment.

Applicants are encouraged to postpone obtaining a marriage license due to the threat of COVID – 19 (coronavirus). However, if you will be getting married within the next couple of weeks, the Probate Court will still issue your marriage license, so long as all legal requirements are satisfied and applicants call in advance to schedule an appointment.

This new process is necessary to allow the Court to respect the required social distancing strongly suggested by the Director of Public Health to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Applicants are required to pay in cash with exact change or with credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover).

Applicants should report to Meeting Hall A (auditorium) in the Franklin County Courthouse, 373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio. You will be health screened in accordance with a Court Order issued today and found here.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with us as we continue to deliver services to the people of Franklin County.

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?

Individuals who are not nearer of kin than second cousins and not having a spouse living.

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.

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 applicant resides. The license is valid anywhere in the State of Ohio. 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.
 

How do we apply?

The license application may be initiated online or in person at the Court. By initiating your application online you are expediting your process at the Court. Both applicants must appear in person to finish the application process. No Appointment is necessary. Each applicant must provide valid photo identification 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.
 

What if we need an interpreter?

Intrepretation 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

Franklin County Municipal Court

614-645-8162

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, requesting in person 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

You may order a copy of your Marriage Abstract by visiting the Probate Court Marriage Department at: 373 S. High Street, 23rd floor, Columbus, Ohio, and obtain the record while you wait. Court hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. The Court is closed for all legal holidays. The cost for each certified copy is $2.00 - cash or credit/debit card only. There is a 3% service fee for 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 (the Court needs at least an approximate year to be able 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