How to Apply for a Marriage License
Where do I apply for a marriage license?
- If you are an Ohio resident, you must apply for your marriage license in the county in which either applicant resides. You may be married anywhere in the state of Ohio.
- If both applicants are out of state residents, you must obtain the license in the Ohio County where the marriage ceremony will be performed.
Is identification required?
- A valid identification is required for each applicant (driver’s license, state ID birth certificate, passport or other Immigration and Naturalization Service (I.N.S.) Visa). If necessary, you may contact the court for additional acceptable forms of ID.
Are there any prior marriages?
- If either applicant has been previously married and divorced:
- A file-stamped copy of the final order granting the divorce or dissolution is required for the most recent divorce or dissolution.
- If widowed, the date of death.
Are blood tests required?
- Blood tests are not required.
Is there a waiting period?
- There is no waiting period.
When can I get married?
- The license may be used the day it is issued and is valid for 60 days. The day the license is issued is day one.
Who may perform the marriage ceremony?
- You will make your own arrangements for someone to marry you.
- Only a duly ordained or licensed minister 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.
- If you would like to be married at the Miami County Municipal Court, please call (937) 440-3937 or visit their website.
What is the cost of a marriage license?
- The cost of a marriage license is $49.00 for a basic license or $50.00 for license with protective folder. Cash or Debit/Credit Card.
- Please note that if you use a debit/credit card, you will be charged a $2.00 convenience fee.
- After you are married, certified copies of your marriage license will be needed to prove the marriage. As a courtesy to you, you may prepay for these at the time you obtain your license. The cost is $5 (for a total of $54 or $55 [base upon the choice of license you purchase] at the time you apply for your marriage license). The Court will then mail 2 certified copies of your marriage license to you upon return of proof of your marriage. If you choose not to prepay, certified copies can be obtained from the Court any time after the Court receives return of proof of your marriage.
What are the hours of the Court?
- The Court is open Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except legal holidays.
- Please allow 20 minutes to obtain your license if you applied online or 1 hour if you apply in person at the Probate Court.
- Please note you can make an appointment with the Probate Clerks by sending an email to email@example.com
Is an interpreter needed?
- Please contact the Probate Court at (937) 440-6050 prior to your appointment, if an interpreter is needed.
Can a minor be married?
- If either applicant is under 18 years of age:
- A minor less than 17 years old may not marry in Ohio.
- The 17 year old may not marry someone more than 4 years, to the day, older than the 17 year old.
- If either applicant is 17, the minor may only be issued a marriage license with the consent of the Juvenile Court. Consent to Marry Form and Juvenile Court Consent to Marry Information Sheet.
- Please note: there is a 14-day waiting period after the Juvenile Court order of consent is filed with the Probate Court.
- Please note: applicants must complete the Marriage Counseling Form prior to obtaining a license with the Probate Court.
Can I apply online for a marriage license?
- For your convenience, you may apply online anytime for your marriage license at the link at the bottom of this page, and then both applicants must go together to the Court to purchase the license. Please email the Court at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment with the Probate Court to obtain the Marriage License.
- Complete the form and then click the “submit” button at the bottom. After a few moments, a confirmation page will appear, on which you will find the information as you entered it as well as a 10 digit tracking number.
- Print or take a picture of the confirmation page or tracking number and bring it to the Miami County Probate Court.
- If you do not bring the confirmation page or tracking number with you, you have to re-apply at the Probate Court.
- Applicants must still appear together at the scheduled time of your appointment, in person, to obtain their marriage license.
Can I apply for a marriage license at the Probate Court?
- If you choose not to apply online prior to coming to the Probate Court, you will be asked to sit at a public terminal and apply online.
- Applicants must appear together at the scheduled time of your appointment or at the time you apply for your marriage license, in person.
- Applicants can make an appointment with the Probate Court to obtain the Marriage License by emailing the Court at email@example.com.
How long can I expect to be in the Probate Court?
- Allow 20 minutes appointment time to obtain your marriage license if previously applied online.
- Allow 1 hour appointment time to obtain your marriage license if you apply at the Court’s public terminal.
What do I need to bring to Court?
- Valid identification.
- Confirmation page or tracking number (if you applied online).
- File–stamped copy of your most recent divorce decree.
- Cash or debit/credit card ($55).
- Marriage Counseling Form (if you are a minor).
- If you did not apply online or did not bring your confirmation page or tracking number with you, you must apply at the Court’s public terminal.
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