Marriage License Information

 

The following information is provided for your convenience. You should consult an attorney for legal advice.

Marriage Department Phone Number
614-525-3108

Marriage Information (after 5:00 p.m. and weekends)
614-525-3898

License Cost: $50.00 CASH

Proof of Marriage (Certified Abstract): $2.00 each

Marriage Department Hours

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

Marriage License Department Location:
373 S. High St., 23rd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6311
email

On-Line Marriage Application*

(*unavailable nightly 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.)

Who may apply?

Per the Constitution of Ohio amended November 4, 2004 Article 15 section 11; Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions.

Both must be at least 16 years old, not nearer of kin than second cousins, and not having a husband or wife 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 you are getting married in the State of Ohio and are a resident of Ohio you must obtain your license in the county in which you reside. The license is valid anywhere in the State of Ohio. If you are not a resident of Ohio, but are getting married in Ohio, you must obtain your license in the county where the ceremony will take place.

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How do we apply?

The license application may be initiated online or in person at the Court. Both applicants must appear in person to finish the application process. No Appointment is necessary. Each applicant must provide valid photo identification 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.

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What if we need an interpreter?

Intrepretation services can be provided. Please contact the Probate Court for further information.

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Must we show proof of divorces/annulments or the death of a previous spouse?

If the 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.

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Is there a waiting period?

No, after the application is accepted there is no waiting period to receive the license. The license is valid for 60 days from its date of issuance.

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How do we get a certified copy (proof of marriage) of our marriage abstract?

If the Marriage License was issued in Franklin County, Ohio, a certified copy (proof of marriage) of the marriage abstract may be obtained in the following ways:

Online Ordering - Credit/Debit Request:

Use your credit or debit card to order copies through Official Payments Corporation. The cost is $2.00 for each certified copy, plus postage fees. There will be a convenience fee charged by Official Payments in the amount of $1.00 per transaction. Click here to proceed to the Official Payments website to order abstracts online

Request in Person:

To obtain marriage records for Franklin County, Ohio you may visit the Court at 373 S. High Street, 23rd floor, Columbus, Ohio, and obtain the record while you wait. Court hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Court is closed for all legal holidays. The cost for each certified abstract is (proof of marriage) $2.00 CASH. You will need the following information:

Request by Mail:

Mail your request to:

Franklin County Probate Court
ATTN: Marriage Records
373 S. High St., 22nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6311

In your request you need to include:

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What if we discover there's an error on our marriage license or application?

The cost of correcting a minor error on a marriage application is $5.00. The cost for amending an application to include additional information about past marriages is $35.00 and will require both parties to appear at a hearing before a magistrate for approval. If you believe there is an error on your marriage application, you can visit the Court's marriage department and apply to have it corrected.

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Who may solemnize a marriage?

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.

To find out if your minister is registered with the Secretary of State, call (877)-767-6446 or visit http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/recordsIndexes/MinisterLicense/licensing.aspx

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Civil ceremony information

Franklin County Municipal Court 614-645-8162

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Helpful telephone numbers

Franklin County Board of Elections 614-525-3100
Franklin County Clerk of Court - Auto Title Department 614-525-3090
Franklin County Municipal Court, Civil Marriage Ceremony 614-645-8162
Columbus Bar Association 614-221-4112
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles 614-752-7500
Ohio State Bar Association 614-487-2050
Immigration Naturalization Service 1-800-375-5283
Social Security Administration
or Toll Free
1-866-964-1723
1-800-772-1213

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Marriage License Statistics for Franklin County, Ohio

In 2012 the Court issued over 8,600 Marriage Licenses.

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Legal practice in the Probate Court is restricted by law to attorneys who are licensed by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Due to the complexity of the law and desire to avoid costly errors, most individuals who have filings before the Court are represented by an attorney. Court employees are prohibited by statute from practicing law and cannot give legal advice.