Each County's Probate Court issues marriage licenses to County residents who wish to marry in the State of Ohio, and those out of state residents wishing to marry in the County. The Probate Court is the sole agency, under the laws of the State of Ohio that is vested with the authority to issue marriage licenses.
Who may perform a marriage?
Any ordained or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation within this state licensed to perform marriages, a judge of a county court of his county, an authorized judge of a municipal court, the mayor of a municipal corporation in any county in which such municipal corporation wholly or partly lies, the superintendent of the state school for the deaf, or any religious society, in conformity with the rules and regulations of its church may perform a marriage within this state if, prior to the ceremony, that individual is also licensed by the State of Ohio to perform marriages. You can check who is licensed on the Ohio Secretary of State’s website at https://www5.sos.state.oh.us/ords/f?p=241:1
How long is a marriage license valid?
A marriage license must be used within 60 days of issuance or it becomes void.
How do I get a certified copy of my marriage license?
A certified copy of your marriage license is not automatically sent. It must be requested. The copy can be obtained upon payment of $5.00 and only if requested. The request can be in person, by telephone, by email or by mail.