Marriage Licenses



Helpful Information

Request a Marriage Certificate Copy

Mail or bring in this form to request a certified copy of a marriage certificate from Lucas County Probate Court. 


Marriage License Application
Complete and print this form prior to arriving for easier processing.


Marriage License Form Help
Additional information to assist you in completing the license application form.


Ohio Inmate Marriage Licenses
Marriage License Application for Inmates Within the State of Ohio-Procedure of Commission


Marriage Laws in the State of Ohio
Ohio Bar guide on Ohio marriage laws.




Top 10 Marriage License Questions


1) Do both parties have to be here together?

Yes both applicants need to appear together


2) Is there a waiting period?

No, there is no waiting period in Lucas County. 


3) How old do you need to be in order to obtain a marriage license?

The legal age of majority in the State of Ohio is 18


4) What is your address?

Lucas County Probate Court, 700 Adams Street, Suite 200 Toledo, Ohio 43604 (419) 213-4750


5) What is proof of social security number?

Social security card, paycheck stub with name and social security number, a printout from the Social Security Office


6) How long will it take to get our marriage license?

Approximately 15 to 20 minutes.


7) What can I use instead of my birth certificate?

Nothing takes the place of a birth certificate.


8) Are you open on Saturday?

No, the Court House is closed on weekends and all legal holidays.


9) Do I need to make an appointment?

No, appointments can not be made to obtain your marriage license, we operate on a first come first serve basis.


10) What do you mean by name change papers?

You need to submit any and all documents which show that you have gone through a legal name change or have had your name restored to a prior name.


(scroll further down for marriage certificate certified copies link)

Please note:
1. There is no in-person public access to the marriage license department at this time. You must apply online or via mail. Please call the court if you have extenuating circumstances.

2. There are NO ministers in the building to perform ceremonies.

3. The license can not be issued more than 60 days before the ceremony.


Online Marriage License Application Instructions:
(Non-residents must get married in Lucas County)

  1. Complete the application in its entirety.  Be sure to attach all required documents.  ID photos should be clear and readable to verify identity.

  2. Applications will be processed during operating court hours.

  3. After submission, a court clerk will contact you to schedule an appointment to do an oath over the telephone.  Both parties must be present or able to connect to a conference call.

  4. After the application is processed, the license is valid immediately, and parties are able to proceed with the ceremony.  A confirmation email will be mailed to the parties stating the date the license was issued and the case number, which may be used until your license arrives in the mail.

  5. The marriage license packet, including the form that will need to be signed and returned, will be mailed to the address provided. 


Certified Copies of Marriage License Instructions:

  1.  Fill out as much information as possible to assist court staff in locating the record requested.

  2. Orders will be processed during operating court hours.

  3. Certified copies will be mailed to the address provided.




Please Note: Marriage License Office hours of operation are
8:30a-4:00p, Monday thru Friday. 



General Information:

Our hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The Marriage License Office is located on the first floor of the Court House.  Please be advised that Fridays are normally very busy and there can be a lengthy wait. No appointments are taken. The Lucas County Probate Court Marriage License Office is located on the first floor of the Lucas County Court House, 700 Adams Street, Toledo, Ohio 43604. Our office is closed on all weekends and legal Holidays including the day after Thanksgiving. The cost of obtaining a marriage license is $60.00 payable in cash only.


The applicants must be present together in our office at the time the application is made for a marriage license. The legal age for obtaining a marriage license without juvenile court consent is 18. Both applicants must have a valid, Government Issued, picture ID, (only Driver's License, State ID card, Passport or Military ID will be accepted) and we ask that social security number be provided, but is not mandatory. In addition, any applicant under the age of 21 must present a certified birth certificate listing parent's names. If either applicant has been married previously, he or she must present a copy of the final Decree of Divorce, Dissolution or Annulment that has been signed by the Judge and filed for record with the Court. If the applicant is a widow or widower, a certified copy of the Death Certificate, listing applicant as surviving spouse, must be presented. You must be prepared to give information on all previous marriages, however you must provide proof of how your most recent marriage ended.


Ohio law provides that residents of Ohio apply for a marriage license in the county where one of the applicants resides in order to be married in the State of Ohio. Lucas County residents will need to provide proof of residency. Out of state residents may apply in Lucas County for a marriage license however, the marriage ceremony must also take place in Lucas County. There is no waiting period in Lucas County. A marriage license is valid for 60 days from the date of issuance. An ordained or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation within this state who is licensed through the office of the Secretary of the State of Ohio, the probate judge, or a judge of a municipal court may solemnize marriages.


The cost of a marriage license is $60.00 CASH ONLY (We do not accept checks or credit cards). You will not need blood tests or witnesses to be married in Ohio. A marriage license will not be issued if either applicant is under the influence of intoxicating liquor or controlled substance.


If both persons to be joined in marriage are the age of 17 years, they may be joined in marriage only if the juvenile court has filed a consent to the marriage under section 3104.04 of the Revised Code. If only one person is the age of 17 years, that person may be joined in marriage only if both of the following apply: 1. The juvenile court has filed a consent to the marriage under section 3101.04 of the Revised Code. 2. The other person to be joined in marriage is not more than four years older. Under section 3101.05 (A) of the Revised Code, if either applicant is the age of 17 years, the judge shall require the applicants to state that they have received marriage counseling satisfactory to the court. For more information, call the Marriage License Bureau at (419)213-4750.


If either party is hearing impaired and requires an interpreter, one will be provided by the Court, however you must make arrangements with the interpreter prior to obtaining your marriage license. Please call the Marriage License Office at (419)213-4750 to arrange for an interpreter for the hearing impaired.


If an applicant does not speak or understand English, he or she must have a translator when applying for a marriage license. The translator must be at least 18 years or age, cannot be related to either applicant and must have a valid Government issued, picture ID. In addition, translation of any foreign document must be provided. Translations must be on business letterhead from a professional translator. At the time of application we will need the original foreign document along with the translation. We suggest you contact the International Institute in Toledo, Ohio, at 419-241-9178 to assist in translations. For further information, call the Marriage License Bureau at 419-213-4750.


You can request a Certified Copy of the Marriage Record by mailing the names of the applicants, and the date of the marriage to the Lucas County Probate Court, 700 Adams Street, Suite 200, Toledo, Ohio 43604. The cost is $2.00 per copy, payable by money order only (we will not accept personal checks). Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your request and allow approximately 2 weeks for processing. If applying in person, cash is accepted and the certified copy will be issued while you wait. If you have questions, call the Marriage License Bureau at 419-213-4750.