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By Leigh

Wedding Planner Offers Tips on Getting Your Marriage License in Ohio

On 03, Apr 2009 | 4 Comments | In Wedding & Event Planning | By Leigh

Our friend, wedding and event planner Ginny Sukenik, wanted to share some information you should know about applying for a wedding license in Cleveland and Ohio.

“You must apply for a marriage license within the county of the state in which you are being married.  Apply at the probate court located in the courthouse of the county in which you will be married.  A blood test is not required in Ohio.

There is no longer a waiting period to receive your license in the state of Ohio, although it still would be wise to apply a few weeks early.  Licenses are valid for sixty days.  You will want extra copies of your license since you will need an original when reapplying for an updated social security card and driver’s license with your new married name.

You must apply in person and each county requires applicants to provide either/or both forms of identification: 1) a valid drivers license, and 2) social security number.  All counties require you to be 18 yrs of age or you will need parental consent as well as a counseling certificate.  If you are remarrying, bring a certified divorce decree or death certificate.

Requirements vary from county to county, so please call the Marriage License Dept. at your issuing county courthouse for fees and hours of operation.

For Cuyahoga County Probate Court, Ohio please call 216.443.8920 or go to:

Here’s a list of county marriage license offices in Northeast Ohio. Please call ahead to validate current business hours:

* Ashtabula County Probate Court
25 W. Jefferson St.
Jefferson, OH
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm
440 576-3453

* Cuyahoga County Probate Court
1 Lakeside Avenue Room 146
Cleveland, OH
Hours: Monday – Friday: 830am – 430pm
216 443-8922

* Geauga County Probate Court
231 Main St.
Chardon, OH 44024
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 415pm

* Lake County Probate Court
47 N. Park Place
Painesville, OH
Hours: Monday – Friday: 730am – 5pm

* Lorain County Probate Court
226 Middle Avenue
Elyria, OH
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm

* Medina County Probate Court
93 Public Square
Medina, OH
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm

* Portage County Probate Court
203 W. Main Street
Ravenna, OH
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm

* Summit County Probate Court
209 S. High Street
Akron, OH
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm

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  1. The active duty person should talk to the JAG office where he is currently assigned. They can best advise him. I do know an army major that is active duty and an attorney, so if you need help, let me know. Another option would be still go ahead with your plans of ceremony and reception but find time that day to do the license thing. Very often couples have two wedding dates to remember. Example, catholic couples can only be married in a church, but if they want to have a ceremony on the beach, they will get married in the church prior to the wedding date and then go thru the motions with their other plans on the beach or wherever.

  2. Brenda

    How can someone who is here in Lorain, Ohio apply for a marriage licence when their partner is in the army in another state. The only day he has is the day of the Wedding and he was a resident in Lorain, Ohio. What can you do?

    • Brenda,

      I asked around and heard two pieces of advice: 1) call the probate court and ask them, and 2) contact the USO.

      Hope that helps!

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