Our purpose is to issue marriage licenses to
Shelby County residents who wish to marry in Ohio, and those out
of state residents wishing to marry here in Shelby County.
The Probate Court has also been entrusted to keep and maintain
records of said marriages. Our goal is to serve the public
in the most helpful and courteous manner possible.
The following are the absolute minimum requirements for every applicant (see Local Rules for the added requirements for minor applicants).
||Applicants must be present at the time of application.
Note: We do not issue licenses to incarcerated individuals
under any circumstances.
for the license is $76.00 (effective December 1, 2012) (cash only -- we do not accept checks
or credit cards).
||Applicants must each have a US government issued photo ID
(i.e., Driver's License, State ID, passport, VISA, etc.),
or birth certificate.
of the applicants is also an issue. Ohio residents
wanting to marry in Ohio, apply in the county where they
reside. Out of state residents getting married in
Ohio, apply in the county in which they are getting married.
applicant has been married before, then the most recent
Decree of Divorce (or Dissolution) must be presented.
Note: the copy of the decree presented should have the proper
stamps and signatures showing it was in fact entered in
the court, and we do not accept copies of separation agreements
or custody papers. If either applicant is a widow
or widower we do not require a Death Certificate.
must get married within 60 days of our issuing the license.
While there is no blood testing or waiting period, the license
does expire 60 days after issuance.
must swear, or affirm, that all information and testimony
provided is true, correct, and complete.
must sign their full name (including middle name) on the
actual marriage license.
Upon entering our office a couple will fill out an online application, or inform the Clerk that they have already completed an online application.
To complete an online application now, Click Here. The clerk will verify your ID, divorce/dissolution decree and take your payment. The Clerk will administer an oath before you sign your application, and you will then receive your marriage license.
In addition to receiving your marriage license, you will also receive a self-addressed return envelope. This envelope is to be given by you to the officiator of your marriage. The officiator will use this envelope to mail the completed Marriage Certificate, that is located on the bottom portion of the marriage license, to the Court. The Marriage Certificate is very important; your marriage license will not be complete until it is returned to the Court. The Certificate is what the Court uses to prepare a certified copy of your marriage license.
Order Certified Copies By
To receive a copy of this legal document, either
apply in person at the Clerk's Office or fill out the form below.
Mail the form along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, to
the address posted on the form. The cost is $3.00 per copy.
Send a Cashier's Check or Money Order (please no cash and no personal
checks if you are not an Ohio resident) made out to "Shelby
County Probate Court." In order for us issue a certified
copy the license must have been issued by the Shelby County Probate
Court and must have been completed.
Not just anyone can perform a marriage ceremony in
the state of Ohio. Marriages are to be performed by an ordained
minister of any religious society or congregation within the state
that is licensed to perform marriages; the Probate Court Judge or
any other judge appointed as a probate judge; a Judge of a Municipal
Court; the mayor of a municipal corporation in any county in which
such municipal corporation wholly or partly lies; the superintendent
of the state school for the deaf; or any religious society, in conformity
with the rules and regulations of its church.
Please Note: It
is the responsibility of the applicants to be sure that the
person officiating at the marriage ceremony is licensed in the
state of Ohio. A minister, upon producing to the Secretary
of State, credentials of his / her being a regularly ordained
or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation,
shall be entitled to receive from the Secretary of State a license
authorizing him / her to solemnize marriages in this state so
long as he / she continues as a regular minister in such society
or congregation. A minister shall produce for inspection their
license to solemnize marriages upon demand of any party to a marriage
of which he / she proposes to officiate or upon demand of any
Probate Court Judge.
Although the county Probate Court cannot register
a minister to solemnize marriages, we can supply an Application
for Minister's License form to ministers wishing to be licensed.
Please be advised that the Secretary of State of Ohio may have updated
these forms. You may also obtain these forms online from the Secretary
of State's web site at www.state.oh.us/sos.
Note: You must contact the officiator of
your choice and make prior arrangements for him/her to perform the