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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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)?
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.