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Marriage License Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements for every applicant:

  • Both applicants are required by law to appear in the Probate Court to obtain their marriage license. No appointment is necessary. By initiating your application online you are expediting your process at the Court. The Franklin County Probate Court Marriage Department hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday and is located at 373 South High Street on the 23rd Floor. The Court is closed on all legal holidays.

  • Both applicants must provide a valid photo ID 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.

  • Both applicants must swear, or affirm, that all information and testimony is true, correct, and complete. The Probate Court may declare as void ab initio any marriage license issued based on an application containing false statements.

  • Ohio residents must obtain a license within the county where either applicant resides. (At least one of the applicants must be a resident of Franklin County for a marriage license to be issued by the Franklin County Probate Court.) The license is valid anywhere in the State of Ohio.

  • Out-of-state residents getting married in Ohio must obtain a license in the county where the ceremony will take place.

  • Both applicants must be at least 16 years old, not nearer of kin than second cousins, and not having a spouse living. An applicant younger than 18 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 a previous 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.

  • 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. For Civil Ceremony information please contact the Franklin County Municipal Court at 614-645-8162.

  • Applicants are responsible for checking the marriage license for accuracy prior to leaving the court.

  • The fee for the license is $65.00. Fee is payable in cash or credit/debit card only (Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. There is a 3% service fee for all credit/debit card transactions). Marriage License fee is non-refundable.

  • The license is valid for 60 days from its date of issuance.

By clicking this link both applicants agree that they have read and understand all of the above information