Welcome To The Franklin County Probate Court
The Franklin County Probate Court provides a variety of services to the legal community, as well as the general public and handles the following administrative functions: the probating of wills, estate administrations, trusts, guardianships of adults and minors, commitment hearings for the mentally ill and mentally disabled, adoptions, birth corrections, name changes, delayed birth registrations, custodial accounts, lost heir accounts, order disinterments, Adult Protective Services cases and issues approximately 8,500 marriage licenses per year. In addition, the Court tries litigation issues in all of the above matters.
A unique aspect of the Probate Court is that the Probate Judge is the ex-officio Clerk of Court, thus, the Judge in addition to performing judicial duties, also performs all the duties (filing, docketing, providing certified copies, etc.) as the Clerk of the Court.
- Court Hours
- Court Costs
- Local Rules
- New Local Rule 66.14 Guardianship Complaints
- New Local Rule 66.15 Guardians Having Ten Or More Wards
- New Local Rule 66.16 Emergency Guardianships
- Franklin County Courthouse Information
new Judge Montgomery Creates the State's First Public Guardian
Superintendence Rule 66 Regarding Guardianships
As of June 1, 2015 the Supreme Court of Ohio implemented new Superintendence Rule 66 regarding guardianships. An important provision in this new rule is guardianship training which requires all guardians to receive six hours of fundamental education, then three hours of continuing education every year thereafter.
Please visit the Court's website periodically for updates on guardian's responsibilities and other fundamental education sessions and future continuing education sessions.
Marriage License Applicants
- Please fill out the Online Application prior to your arrival to expedite the application process.
- The Probate Court Marriage Department is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Cost for a marriage license is $65.00 (Cash Only).
- Please bring current photo ID.
- Please bring all applicable documents regarding previous marriages.
- For Ohio residents, at least one applicant must reside in Franklin County. Out of state residents must obtain license in county where ceremony will take place.
- Please vist the Marriage License Information page for more detailed information on how to obtain your marriage license.
Outpatient Only Commitments
The law regarding outpatient commitment for the mentally ill individual took effect on September 17, 2014. Please click HERE for further information.
Background Check Required For Guardianship Applicants
Backgrounds checks may also be performed at Probate Court during regular business hours.
Website Updated Nightly - Due to the backup of files, some applications on this website are unavailable between the hours of 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM every night.