How to Apply for a Marriage License
Notice to all Marriage License Applicants
Obtaining a Marriage License
The Court is open Monday through Thursday 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. and Friday 8:30a.m. to 4:00p.m. The Court is closed on weekends and all legal holidays.
The cost of a marriage license is $49.00 for a basic license or $50.00 for license with protective folder. Payable by Cash or Debit/Credit Card. As a courtesy, you may prepay for certified copies of the marriage license for $5 when you obtain your license (certified copies are needed to prove you are married).
Please note that if you use a debit/credit card, you will be charged a $2.00 convenience fee.
Ohio residents must apply for a marriage license in the county in which either applicant resides in (at least one applicant must be from Miami County). You may be married anywhere in Ohio.
If both applicants are from another state, you must obtain a license in the Ohio county where the ceremony will be performed.
- The minimum age for applying for a license in Ohio without parental consent is eighteen (18) years of age.
- Applicants cannot be closer in relation than second cousins.
- Applicants must not have a living spouse.
- All applicants must appear together at Probate Court to obtain their license.
- Exception for 17 year olds
- 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.
You will need to complete the online application for a marriage license linked below. Once the form has been completed and you click the “submit” button a confirmation page will appear. The confirmation page will have the information that you entered in as well as a 10 digit tracking number. Print or take a picture of the tracking number. The tracking number will be needed when you come in to receive your license.
Once you have obtained your tracking number please contact the Court at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment with the Probate Court to obtain your license.
Please allow for 20 minutes to obtain your license. The Court does not schedule appointments after 3:30pm to allow for time to process marriage licenses.
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.
- Allow for 1 hour to obtain your marriage license if you apply at the Court’s public terminal.
What to Bring to Court
Both applicants must be present when you come in to the Court to receive your license. Additionally you will need the following information, and documents:
- Valid identification (driver’s license, state ID, birth certificate, passport or other Immigration and Naturalization Service (I.N.S.) Visa)
- Confirmation page or tracking number.
- File–stamped copy of your most recent divorce decree.
- Cash or debit/credit card ($55).
- Marriage Counseling Form (if you are a minor).
After Receiving Your License
Once issued the license is valid for 60 days, the day the license is issued is day one.
You will make your own arrangements for someone to marry you. The Probate Court does not perform the ceremony. 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 the Marriage.
If you would like to be married at the Miami County Municipal Court, please call (937) 440-3937 or visit their website.
Once you are married you will need to return proof of your marriage to the Probate Court. If you prepaid for certified copies the Court will mail two (2) certified copies of your marriage license to you. If you choose not to prepay, certified copies can be obtained from the Court any time after the Court receives return of proof of you marriage.