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Ohio Marriage License Requirements

In the State of Ohio, the application for a marriage license must be made in the county of residence of either applicant. If neither applicant is a resident of Ohio, the application must be made in the county where the ceremony will be performed. Please visit your County's Probate Court Office online for specific information. 

Both parties are required to be present at the time of application. Both parties must provide drivers licenses or some other valid photo identification and proof of their social security numbers. Marriage license fees vary from county to county, so call ahead to your local County Probate Court office to find out the fee and ask what form of payment is accepted. In some cases, you may need to take cash. 

There is no marriage license waiting period in Ohio. This means that the couple can receive and complete their marriage license on the same day that they file for the license. Witnesses are not required at a marriage ceremony in Ohio. 


Marriage licenses in Ohio expire 60 days after being issued. This means that the ceremony must take place within 60 days of the couple filing for their marriage license.  

Please contact the County Probate Court office where you obtained your license to find out how to get a certified copy of your marriage license after your wedding. Procedures vary from county to county.


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