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
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.