How to Get a Marriage License in Northeast Ohio

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Congratulations! You're getting married. One of the first things you're going to need is a marriage license.
In Ohio, a marriage license is valid for 60 days. Just getting the license doesn't mean you're married. You'll give the form to the Minister of another official who marries you and that person will sign it and send it the county recorder's office to be filed (as well as send you a copy). To obtain an Ohio marriage license, you must:

  • Apply to the county courthouse where you reside, or if neither party resides in Ohio, the county where your marriage will be solemnized. (You don't have to be a permanent resident.)
  • Be at least 16 years of age. (16 and 17-year-olds must have consent from both parents.)
  • Not currently be married.

Bring the following to the courthouse. Both parties must appear in person.

  • Proof of identification and age (This may be a driver's license, an Ohio state-issued ID, or a passport), social security card; and current driver's license or state ID (if the current address is not listed in this document, additional proof of residency is required.) Applicants under 21 years of ageĀ also must show their original or a certified copy of their birth certificate.
  • If either party has been previously married, they must bring the appropriate death certificate or divorce decree.
  • Cash - $45 to $73, depending on the county

    Below is a list of the county marriage license offices in Northeast Ohio:

    • Ashtabula County Probate Court
      25 W. Jefferson St.
      Jefferson, OH
    • Cuyahoga County Probate Court
      1 Lakeside Avenue Room 146
      Cleveland, OH
    • Geauga County Probate Court
      231 Main St.
      Chardon, OH 44024
    • Lake County Probate Court
      47 N. Park Place
      Painesville, OH
    • Lorain County Probate Court
      226 Middle Avenue
      Elyria, OH
    • Medina County Probate Court
      93 Public Square
      Medina, OH
    • Portage County Probate Court
      203 W. Main Street
      Ravenna, OH
    • Summit County Probate Court
      209 S. High Street
      Akron, OH