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Welcome to the Marriage License Department of the Shelby County Probate Court. 

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to issue marriage licenses to Shelby County residents who wish to marry in Ohio, and those out of state residents wishing to marry here in Shelby County.  The Probate Court has also been entrusted to keep and maintain records of said marriages.  Our goal is to serve the public in the most helpful and courteous manner possible.
EFF. 12/01/12
$76.00 CASH ONLY

Requirements for Marriage License

The following are the absolute minimum requirements for every applicant (see Local Rules for the added requirements for minor applicants).

Applicants must be present at the time of application. 

The fee for the license is $76.00 (effective December 1, 2012) (cash only -- we do not accept checks or credit cards).

Applicants must each have a US government issued photo ID (i.e., Driver's License, State ID, passport, VISA, etc.), or birth certificate.

The residency of the applicants is also an issue.  Ohio residents wanting to marry in Ohio, apply in the county where they reside.  Out of state residents getting married in Ohio, apply in the county in which they are getting married.

If either applicant has been married before, then the most recent Decree of Divorce (or Dissolution) must be presented.  Note: the copy of the decree presented should have the proper stamps and signatures showing it was in fact entered in the court, and we do not accept copies of separation agreements or custody papers.  If either applicant is a widow or widower we do not require a Death Certificate.

The couple must get married within 60 days of our issuing the license.  While there is no blood testing or waiting period, the license does expire 60 days after issuance.

The couple must swear, or affirm, that all information and testimony provided is true, correct, and complete.

The couple must sign their full name (including middle name) on the actual marriage license.

The Application Process

Upon entering our office a couple will fill out an online application, or inform the Clerk that they have already completed an online application. 
To complete an online application now, Click Here. The clerk will verify your ID, divorce/dissolution decree and take your payment.  The Clerk will administer an oath before you sign your application, and you will then receive your marriage license.

In addition to receiving your marriage license, you will also receive a self-addressed return envelope. This envelope is to be given by you to the officiator of your marriage. The officiator will use this envelope to mail the completed Marriage Certificate, that is located on the bottom portion of the marriage license, to the Court. The Marriage Certificate is very important; your marriage license will not be complete until it is returned to the Court. The Certificate is what the Court uses to prepare a certified copy of your marriage license.


Order Certified Copies By Mail

To receive a copy of this legal document, either apply in person at the Clerk's Office or fill out the form below.  Mail the form along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, to the address posted on the form.  The cost is $3.00 per copy.  Send a Cashier's Check or Money Order (please no cash and no personal checks if you are not an Ohio resident) made out to "Shelby County Probate Court."  In order for us issue a certified copy the license must have been issued by the Shelby County Probate Court and must have been completed. 

Application for Certified Copy of Marriage License

Marriage Officiants

Not just anyone can perform a marriage ceremony in the state of Ohio.  Marriages are to be performed by an ordained minister of any religious society or congregation within the state that is licensed to perform marriages; the Probate Court Judge or any other judge appointed as a probate judge; a Judge of a Municipal Court; the mayor of a municipal corporation in any county in which such municipal corporation wholly or partly lies; the superintendent of the state school for the deaf; or any religious society, in conformity with the rules and regulations of its church. 

Please Note: It is the responsibility of the applicants to be sure that the person officiating at the marriage ceremony is licensed in the state of Ohio.  A minister, upon producing to the Secretary of State, credentials of his / her being a regularly ordained or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation, shall be entitled to receive from the Secretary of State a license authorizing him / her to solemnize marriages in this state so long as he / she continues as a regular minister in such society or congregation. A minister shall produce for inspection their license to solemnize marriages upon demand of any party to a marriage of which he / she proposes to officiate or upon demand of any Probate Court Judge.

Although the county Probate Court cannot register a minister to solemnize marriages, we can supply an Application for Minister's License form to ministers wishing to be licensed. Please be advised that the Secretary of State of Ohio may have updated these forms. You may also obtain these forms online from the Secretary of State's web site at www.state.oh.us/sos.

Note: You must contact the officiator of your choice and make prior arrangements for him/her to perform the marriage ceremony.