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PROBATE JUDGE MONTGOMERY: MARRIAGE LICENSES WILL BE REISSUED AT NO COST IF YOUR WEDDING WAS POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 EMERGENCY

Franklin County Probate Judge Robert G. Montgomery announced today he will be helping those who had their wedding plans postponed due to the COVID-19 emergency.  Marriage licenses issued in Franklin County and not able to be solemnized within sixty days, as required by state law, will be reissued at no cost. 

Ohio Revised Code Section 3101.07 states: “No marriage license shall be effective nor shall it authorize the performance of a marriage ceremony after the expiration of sixty days from the date of issuance. This provision shall be printed on each license in prominent type.

For those wishing to obtain a marriage license, Judge Montgomery has instituted new procedures to protect the public health.  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, 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 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 and found here.

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