How to Get Married in Ohio

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Ohio!

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Ohio!

How to Get Married in Ohio

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: 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.

The license application may be initiated online or in person at the Court. Both applicants must appear in person to finish the application process. 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. After the application is accepted there is no waiting period to receive the license.

Both applicants must be at least 16 years old, not nearer of kin than second cousins, and not having a husband or wife living. 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.

Under 18: In Ohio, applicants 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.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: Currently, Ohio charges $50.00 CASH.

Officiants: 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.

Valid: In Ohio, a marriage license is valid for 60 days from its date of issuance.

Equality Rights: Same sex marriage is legal in Ohio.

Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.

It is very important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

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