Obtaining a Marriage License in Ohio

A Marriage License is the document that officially allows a couple to get married under the law.

Couples need to apply for their marriage license at least one month before the wedding ceremony.  Be sure not to apply too early either as the license is only valid for 60 days.  It’s always best to check with the Clerk of Court’s Office in the county where the ceremony will be held for more specifics. 

When applying for a marriage license, both parties will need to be present as well as have proof of identification (Government issued ID such as drivers license, passport, visa, state ID) and age with them.  Both applicants must provide name, age, address, place and date of birth, occupation, social security number, father's name and mother's maiden nameThe bride will need to know what her married name will be beforehand, as that name will be written on the application.  The Marriage License will then be sent to the couple in the mail; however, this does not mean that the couple is officially married.  A justice of the peace or a religious clergyman will have to sign the document as well on the day of the wedding. After the ceremony, the officiant will sign and submit the marriage license to the appropriate government agency for validation.  It may be a good idea for the couple to inquire to their Clerk of Court’s Office about obtaining certified copies of the marriage license as well. 

For more specifics in regards to applying for an Ohio Marriage License, click here.

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