Marriage License

Guidelines to Apply

  • Both parties of the marriage must apply in person. One party must be a resident of Belmont County. The license can be used anywhere in the State of Ohio.
  • If neither of the applicants resides in the State of Ohio, the Court will issue a license only if the marriage ceremony is to take place in Belmont County.
  • The minimum age to apply for a license in Ohio without parental consent is eighteen (18) years of age.

Cost – Requirements

  • Marriage licenses are $43.00 cash or credit card ($3.00 service fee).
  • Applicants must have ONE of the following identifications: (1) A valid driver’s license (2) A state ID or (3) A Birth Certificate and Social Security Card.
  • A new Marriage license can not be paid in advance. Marriage license fees can only be paid in person at the time of application.
  • If a photo ID does not have a current address, please provide a document that shows your current address.
  • If either applicant is not a U.S. citizen, an Immigration and Naturalization Service (I.N.S.) Visa is required.
  • If either applicant has had a previous marriage, a copy of the final decree of the last divorce is required

Solemnizing the Marriage.

  • Only a duly ordained minister who is registered with the State of Ohio, a Judge, or a Mayor may solemnize a marriage.
  • To register with the Secretary of State or to find out if your minister is registered, please call (614)466-2585.
  • The marriage certificate is valid for 60 days. If you are not married within 60 days, then you will have to re-apply. Your fee is not refundable or transferable.

Certified Copies

  • Each certified copy of a marriage record is $3.00 and can be purchased by, cash, check, money order, or credit card ($3.00 service fee). If requesting a copy of a marriage record by mail, please include your name, date of marriage, a self-addressed, stamped return envelope along with a certified check or money order for each copy requested.

Marriage Ceremonies

Probate Court Judge Davies will perform marriage ceremonies every Monday from 2:00-3:00 pm.  Please contact the court to schedule a ceremony at 740-699-2144.