- Probate Court
- Marriage License
The Marriage Bureau closes promptly at 3:30 p.m. The Court is closed on weekends, all government holidays and the day following Thanksgiving. Holiday hours may vary, so please refer to Greene County Probate Court home page for upcoming holiday hours.
Effective January 1, 2020, the fee for a marriage license is $70.00. You may pay this fee in cash, by credit card, debit card or check drawn on a local bank made payable to Greene County Probate Court.
If you pay by check, issuance of the marriage license is conditioned on the check clearing the bank. We will not issue a Certified Copy of Marriage Record until your check has cleared and payment is confirmed. If the check is dishonored for any reason, there will also be a $50.00 returned check charge and a $25.00 administrative fee. If you pay by e-check, credit card or debit card a convenience fee will be added to your total.The Court issues Marriage Licenses by appointment only. We do not accept walk-in appointments.
Please note: Appointments cannot be made over the phone or in person. They can only be made online. In order to schedule online you must use the prompt below that says "Begin Marriage Application Process Online". After you have entered all of your information, it will give you the option to schedule your appointment.
However, if you need to reschedule an appointment, please call and reschedule with the marriage clerk. Do not submit another application.
EligibilityOhio residents must obtain a marriage license within the county where either applicant resides (at least one of the applicants must be a resident of Greene County for a marriage license to be issued by the Greene County Probate Court). The license is valid anywhere in the State of Ohio.
Out-of-State residents getting married in Ohio must obtain a license in the County where the ceremony will take place. Their license will only be valid in that County.
- The legal age for obtaining a marriage license without parental consent is 18.
- Applicants must not be closer in relationship than second cousins.
- Applicants must not have a spouse living.
- Information on how to obtain a marriage license for a minor.
- Information on how to obtain a marriage license for someone who is incarcerated.
- How to Obtain a Certified Copy of Your Marriage Record.
Application ProcessPlease follow our Marriage License Instructions on how to apply for and obtain your marriage license in Greene County.
You must start the application process online, please see the Begin the Application Process Online link below. Once you have completed the online application it will ask you to schedule an appointment. We no longer accept walk-ins. Please see our Marriage License Instructions for the full process.
See below on what to bring with you to your appointment.
Both Applicants Must Bring
A valid driver's license or state ID with date of birth and current address. In lieu of a valid driver's license or state ID, the Court will accept a birth certificate and social security card. All social security numbers are held in confidence. If a correct address is not on the ID, you may bring a piece of mail addressed to you at your current address in order to prove your residency.
If an applicant does not speak English an interpreter must be present during the application process. Please Note: The interpreter cannot be the other applicant.
If you have been married before:
You must provide a copy of the most recent divorce or dissolution decree. The document will state "Final Decree". We do not need to see the Petition, Separation Agreement or the Shared Parenting Agreement. The copy must have the case number, the Judge's signature, and the Court's time-stamp on it.
You must provide a photo copy of a Death Certificate if your previous spouse is deceased and no divorce or dissolution took place.
If you have done a legal name change:
You must provide a copy of the Judgment Entry changing the name. The Judgment Entry must have the Court stamp on it, as well as a Judge's signature.
NOTICE TO OFFICIANTS
Did you know that just being ordained isn’t enough?
In order to perform a marriage ceremony in Ohio, you must also be registered with the Ohio Secretary of State.
How to search on the Ohio Secretary of State website to confirm your registration:
Please visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s website at https://www.ohiosos.gov/records/ to confirm that you are registered. Once on this website you will click on “Search Ministers”. If you are not registered, please see below on how to get registered with the Ohio Secretary of State.
How to Register with the Ohio Secretary of State:
Please visit the Ohio Secretary of State’s website at https://www.ohiosos.gov/records/minister-licenses/general-information/ to obtain their application along with instructions on how to file online. If you prefer to mail in your application, please see the top of the application form for the address.
If you have questions about this process, please call the Ohio Secretary of State at (614) 466-8770 or Toll Free at (877) 767-3453.