How to Get a Copy of Our Marriage License in Ohio

by John Csiszar

While you need a marriage license to get married in Ohio, you might also need a copy of your marriage license after you marry. Common reasons to need a copy include immigration filings and name changes on official documents, such as passports. Local government offices make it easy to obtain a copy of a marriage license in Ohio.

Make your request in person. To get a copy of your marriage license in person, visit the County Courthouse at 373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio, on the 23rd floor. Court hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the court is closed on all legal holidays. The cost of a certified abstract is $2, payable in cash only. To obtain a copy, you will need the groom's full name, the bride's full maiden or previous name, and the year of the marriage.

Request a copy by mail. If you don't want to wait at the courthouse for your copy, you can mail a request to the Franklin County Probate Court, Attention: Marriage Records, 373 South High Street, 22nd Floor, Columbus, Ohio, 43215-6311. As with an in-person request, you will need to provide the complete names of the bride and groom, the year of the marriage, $2 in cash or money order only, a daytime telephone number, and a self-addressed stamped envelope so the court can send the abstract back to you.

File a request online. You can use a credit or debit card and pay to receive an abstract through Official Payments Corporation, a 3rd party vendor with a secure website. You will need to provide the same information about the bride and groom names and wedding year when you complete the online form, but the fee calculation is different for online requests. The County charges the same $2 per copy, but Official Payments levies a $1 fee per transaction, plus mailing costs of $0.45 for up to 4 abstracts.

Items you will need

  • Marriage information
  • SASE
  • $2
  • Computer
  • Internet connection

About the Author

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English from UCLA, John Csiszar earned a Certified Financial Planner designation and served 18 years as an investment adviser. Csiszar has served as a technical writer for various financial firms and has extensive experience writing for online publications.

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