Marriage License

REQUIREMENTS / APPLICATION / CEREMONY

⇒ REQUIREMENTS

WHERE TO APPLY:

  • Ohio residents:  County of residence
  • Out of state residents:  County were ceremony will be performed

  • ⇒ NOTE:  YOUR MARRIAGE RECORD IS RECORDED IN THE COUNTY YOU APPLY FOR YOUR LICENSE IN,  NOT THE COUNTY YOU ARE MARRIED IN.
    • CERTIFIED COPY OF YOUR MARRIAGE RECORD IS OBTAINED FROM THE COUNTY YOU APPLIED FOR YOUR LICENSE IN.
    • SEE BELOW under Frequently Asked Questions and Forms.

FEE:

  • $76.00
  • Cash/Check/Money Order accepted
  • Debit/Credit Cards CANNOT be accepted

APPEARANCE REQUIRED:

  • Both applicants must appear before Court (in person or by video conference)
  • Statutory exemption R.C. 3101.05:

If the judge is satisfied from the affidavit of a reputable physician in active practice and residing in the county where the probate court is located, that one of the parties is unable to appear in court, by reason of illness or other physical disability, a marriage license may be granted upon application and oath of the other party to the contemplated marriage; but in that case the person who is unable to appear in court, at the time of making application for a marriage license, shall make and file in that court, an affidavit setting forth the information required of applicants for a marriage license.

PROOF OF AGE:

  • Provide one acceptable documentary proof of age:
    • A copy of a birth record;
    • A birth certificate issued by the department of health, a local registrar of vital statistics, or other public office charged with similar duties by the laws of another state, territory, or country;
    • A baptismal record showing the person’s date of birth;
    • A passport;
    • A license or permit to operate a motor vehicle as defined under section 4501.01 of the Revised Code;
    • Any government- or school-issued identification card showing the person’s date of birth;
    • An immigration record showing the person’s date of birth;
    • A naturalization record showing the person’s date of birth;
    • A court record or any other document or record issued by a governmental entity showing the person’s date of birth.

PROOF OF DIVORCE/DISSOLUTION:

  • State on application the number of previous marriages
  • Provide file-stamped copy of only most recent Decree of Divorce/Dissolution

WIDOWED: 

  • Proof of spouse’s death is not required
  • Must be disclosed on application under “number of previous marriages”

VALID TIME OF LICENSE:

  • Marriage ceremony must be performed in Ohio before the expiration of sixty (60) days from the date of license issuance

MINOR APPLICANT AGED SEVENTEEN (17):

  • Documentation of completion of marriage counseling satisfactory to the court
  • If both applicants are age of seventeen (17) years, consent of Juvenile Court required under section 3101.04 of the Revised Code
  • If only one person is the age of seventeen years, consent of Juvenile Court for that person is required AND the other person to be joined in marriage cannot be more than four (4) years older
  • Marriage License Application (RC 3101.05) cannot be made in Probate Court, nor can the License be issued, sooner than fourteen (14) calendar days after Juvenile Court files the consent

 

⇒ APPLICATION

To complete an online marriage application, click here.

IN PERSON:

  • Present the following items:
    • Copy of each applicant’s proof of age (see above for acceptable documentation (i.e. driver’s license, etc.)
    • File stamped copy of each applicant’s divorce/dissolution decree (needed for last divorce only)
  • Complete the Application (unless already completed online)

VIDEO CONFERENCE:

  • Complete the online application
    • Valid email address required
  • Send the following items to the Court:
    • Copy of each applicant’s proof of age (see above for acceptable documentation (i.e. driver’s license, etc.)
    • File stamped copy of each applicant’s divorce/dissolution decree (needed for last divorce only)
    • Signed “Oath/Signature” form (FORM FOUND BELOW)
    • Payment
      • Above items can be sent to Court by any combination of the following means:
        • Fax 937-498-7260
        • Email:  juvenileprobate@shelbycoprobate.org
        • Mail:  P.O. Box 4187, Sidney, OH 45365
        • In person: County Courthouse, Second Floor, 100 E. Court Street, Sidney, OH 45365
  • Upon receipt of payment, Court will contact you by email to coordinate date/time for video conference
  • Both applicants must appear for the video conference
    • Access to a webcam and microphone is required
    • Court uses GoToMeeting platform for video conference
  • Upon completion of video conference, Court will mail marriage license to parties, or parties can pick up at office if requested.

FINALIZATION OF MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATION:

  • Parties must confirm under oath the application is true and correct
      • NOTE: R.C. 3101.05 – An applicant for a marriage license who knowingly makes a false statement in an application or affidavit prescribed by this section is guilty of falsification under section 2921.13 of the Revised Code.
      • RC 2921.13(F)(1) – Whoever violates division (A)(1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (10), (11), (13), or (15) of this section is guilty of falsification. Except as otherwise provided in this division, falsification is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
  •  Court shall grant Marriage License if satisfied of all the following:
    • No legal impediment exists;
    • Applicants are not nearer of kin than second cousins;
    • Neither party is under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a controlled substance; 
    • Neither party is infected with syphilis in a form that is communicable or likely to become communicable.

⇒ CEREMONY

  • Marriage ceremony can be performed by:
    • Ordained minister of any religious society or congregation within the state that is licensed to perform marriages;
    • Probate Court Judge;
      • NOTE:  Shelby County Probate Court does not currently perform ceremonies
    • Municipal Court Judge;
    • Mayor of a municipal corporation in any county in which such municipal corporation wholly or partly lies;
    • Superintendent of the state school for the deaf;
    • Any religious society, in conformity with the rules and regulations of its church;
  • To become a licensed/registered marriage officiant, contact the Ohio Secretary of State to complete the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get a Copy of My Marriage License?

Certified Copies of Marriage Record: In Person or by Mail

⇒  NOTE: Shelby County Probate Court will ONLY have your marriage record if one of the applicants lived in Shelby County and APPLIED for said license in this county. The marriage record is NOT recorded in the county you were married in, but rather, the county that issued the license.

To receive a certified copy of a marriage record, either apply in person at the Clerk’s Office OR mail the request form below.

In order to search for your record, the Court must have each person’s name as it was at the time of applying for the marriage license, and the year of marriage.

If requesting by mail, send the request form along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and payment of $3.00 per certified record. Payment can be made by personal check (Ohio ONLY), certified check or money order payable to “Shelby County Probate Court”. Currently, the Court cannot accept debit/credit cards.

COURT FORMS

Marriage License Oath & Signature Form

Request for Certified Marriage Record

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