Marriage

373 South High Street, 23rd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6311

(614) 525-3898 (24/7 Automated Information Line)
(614) 525-3108 marriage@franklincountyohio.gov
Marriage Dept. Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Mon-Fri

The Probate Court is responsible for issuing marriage licenses to Franklin County residents whose marriage ceremony will take place in the State of Ohio and to out-of-state residents whose marriage ceremony will take place in Franklin County. The Court is also responsible for the maintenance of those marriage records issued.

Marriage License $65.00
Certified Marriage Abstract $  2.00 per copy                                             

All transactions in the Marriage Department are by cash or credit/debit card only.

Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. There is a separate 3% service fee for all credit/debit transactions that take place in the Marriage Department. Example: $65.00 Marriage License = $1.95 service fee. 

Online requests for Certified Marriage Abstracts are processed by Official Payments Corporation who charges a $1.00 per transaction service fee.

          *Online Marriage Application is unavailable nightly from 10:00pm to 2:00am  

Frequently Asked Questions About Marriage Licenses

Who may apply?

Individuals who are at least 16 years old*, not nearer of kin than second cousins, and not having a spouse living.

*An applicant younger than 18 years old must first get the consent of his or her parents or guardian and also have proof that he or she has received marriage counseling.

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.

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.

Order Online

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 also be a service fee charged by Official Payments 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 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, 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. 

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

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)

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

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 http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/recordsIndexes/MinisterLicense/licensing.aspx

Civil Ceremony Information

Franklin County Municipal Court

614-645-8162

Helpful telephone numbers

Franklin County Board of Elections

614-525-3100

Franklin County Clerk of Court - Auto Title Department

614-525-3090

Columbus Bar Association

614-221-4112

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles

614-752-7500

Ohio State Bar Association

614-487-2050

Immigration Naturalization Service

1-800-375-5283

Social Security Administration 
or Toll Free 

1-866-964-1723
1-800-772-1213

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.