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Ohio Marriage Laws

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Ohio. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Ohio. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of Ohio.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: Yes
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 0 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 60 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: 30 Days
  • Same-Sex Marriage Recognized: No

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Ohio

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Ohio

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

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3 License to Marry in Ohio

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in Ohio to get our Ohio Ordination Credential Package. Minister registration is required in the state of Ohio and only the documents provided in the Ohio Ordination Credential Package will satisfy the requirements of the local marriage authority and lead them to accept the marriage you perform as having been legally solemnized. Additionally, please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

The state of Ohio has stricter minister registration rules than almost every other state in the country. In Ohio, every ordained minister needs to register with the Secretary of State before she or he will be permitted to legally perform a wedding. As mentioned earlier, we would strongly advise any minister to purchase the Ohio Ordination Credential Package and add on a Letter of Good Standing to ensure that your ordination will be accepted by the Ohio authorities.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Ohio

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Ohio marriage license from the appropriate office. This license will expire 60 days after it is issued, and there is a no mandatory waiting period between when the couple picks up the marriage license in Ohio and when the ceremony may legally be conducted. The signed license must be returned to the issuing office within 30 days of the ceremony. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Ohio, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new Ohio wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.


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Ohio Marriage Code

Marriage in Ohio is governed by Title 31 of the Ohio General Code. Ministers ordained online by the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of weddings in the state. Below, you will find that we have reproduced the relevant excerpts of this code.
3101.08 Who may solemnize marriages.
An ordained or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation within this state who is licensed to solemnize marriages, a judge of a county court in accordance with section 1907.18 of the Revised Code, a judge of a municipal court in accordance with section 1901.14 of the Revised Code, a probate judge in accordance with section 2101.27 of the Revised Code, 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 of its church, may join together as husband and wife any persons who are not prohibited by law from being joined in marriage.

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Adams County

110 West Main Street
Courthouse
West Union, Ohio
45693

Phone: (937) 544-2344
Fax: (937) 544-8271
Adams County website »

Allen County

P. O. Box 1243
Lima, Ohio
45801

Phone: (419) 223-8513
Fax: (419) 222-8427
Allen County website »

Ashland County

142 W. 2nd Street
Ashland, Ohio
44805

Phone: (419) 282-4242
Fax: (419) 282-4240
Ashland County website »

Ashtabula County

25 West Jefferson Street
Jefferson, Ohio
44047

Phone: (440) 576-3642
Fax: (440) 576-2819
Ashtabula County website »

Athens County

1 South Court Street
Athens, Ohio
45701

Phone: (740) 592-3242
Fax: (740) 592-3282
Athens County website »

Auglaize County

201 South Willipie Street
P.O. Box 409
, Ohio


Phone: (419) 739-6765
Fax: (419) 739-6768
Auglaize County website »

Belmont County

101 West Main St.
St. Clairsville, Ohio
43950

Phone: (740) 699-2169
Fax: (740) 695-5305
Belmont County website »

Brown County

101 Main St.
Georgetown, Ohio
45121

Phone: (937) 378-3100
Fax: (937) 378-1753
Brown County website »

Butler County

315 High Street
Hamilton, Ohio
45011

Phone: (513) 887-3278
Fax: (513) 887-3966
Butler County website »

Carroll County

119 S. Lisbon St
Carrollton, Ohio
44615

Phone: (330) 627-4886
Fax: (330) 627-6437
Carroll County website »

Champaign County

200 North Main Street
Urbana, Ohio
43078

Phone: (937) 484-1047
Fax: (937) 484-5325
Champaign County website »

Clark County

101 N Limestone St.
P.O. Box 1008
Springfield, Ohio
45502

Phone: (937) 521-1680
Fax: (937) 328-2436
Clark County website »

Clermont County

270 Main Street
Batavia, Ohio
45103

Phone: (513) 732-7560
Fax: (513) 732-7925
Clermont County website »

Clinton County

46 S. South Street
Wilmington, Ohio
45177

Phone: (937) 382-2316
Fax: (937) 383-3455
Clinton County website »

Columbiana County

Lisbon, Ohio
44432

Phone: (330) 424-7777
Fax: (330) 424-3960
Columbiana County website »

Coshocton County

318 Main Street
Coshocton, Ohio
43812

Phone: (740) 622-1456
Fax: (740) 295-0020
Coshocton County website »

Crawford County

112 East Mansfield Street
Bucyrus, Ohio
44820

Phone: (419) 562-2766
Fax: (419) 562-8011
Crawford County website »

Cuyahoga County

1200 Ontario Street
Cleveland, Ohio
44113

Phone: (216) 443-7950
Fax: (216) 443-6868
Cuyahoga County website »

Darke County

504 South Broadway
Greenville, Ohio
45331

Phone: (937) 547-7335
Fax: (937) 547-7305
Darke County website »

Defiance County

221 Clinton Street
Defiance, Ohio
43512

Phone: (419) 782-1936
Fax: (419) 782-2739
Defiance County website »

Delaware County

91 North Sandusky Street
Delaware, Ohio
43015

Phone: (740) 833-2500
Fax: (740) 833-2499
Delaware County website »

Erie County

323 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky, Ohio
44870

Phone: (419) 627-7705
Fax: (419) 624-6873
Erie County website »

Fairfield County

224 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 370
Lancaster, Ohio
43130

Phone: (740) 687-7030
Fax: (740) 687-0158
Fairfield County website »

Fayette County

110 E. Court Street
Washington Court House, Ohio
43160

Phone: (740) 335-6371
Fax: (740) 333-3522
Fayette County website »

Franklin County

373 South High St.
Columbus, Ohio
43215

Phone: (614) 462-3600
Fax: (614) 462-4325
Franklin County website »

Fulton County

210 South Fulton St.
Courthouse
Wauseon, Ohio
43567

Phone: (419) 337-9231
Fax: (419) 337-9199
Fulton County website »

Gallia County

18 Locust Street
Gallipolis, Ohio
45631

Phone: (740) 446-4612 Ext 222
Fax: (740) 441-2932
Gallia County website »

Geauga County

100 Short Court Street
Chardon, Ohio
44024

Phone: (440) 279-1960
Fax: (440) 286-2127
Geauga County website »

Greene County

45 N. Detroit Street
Xenia, Ohio
45385

Phone: (937) 562-5290
Fax: (937) 562-5309
Greene County website »

Guernsey County

801 Wheeling Ave.
Cambridge, Ohio
43725

Phone: (740) 432-9230
Fax: (740) 432-7807
Guernsey County website »

Hamilton County

James Cissell, Probate Court
230 E. Ninth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio
45202

Phone: 513 945-3580
Fax: (513) 946-5660
Hamilton County website »

Hancock County

300 South Main Street
Findlay, Ohio
45840

Phone: (419) 424-7037
Fax: (419) 424-7801
Hancock County website »

Hardin County

One Public Square
Kenton, Ohio
43326

Phone: (419) 674-2278
Fax: (419) 674-2273
Hardin County website »

Harrison County

100 W. Market Street
Harrison County Court House
Cadiz, Ohio
43907

Phone: (740) 942-8863
Fax: (740) 942-4693
Harrison County website »

Henry County

660 N. Perry St.
Napoleon, Ohio
43545

Phone: (419) 592-5886
Fax: (419) 592-5888
Henry County website »

Highland County

105 North High Street
P.O. BOX 821
Hillsboro, Ohio
45133

Phone: (937) 393-9957
Fax: (937) 393-9878
Highland County website »

Hocking County

1 Main Street
P.O. BOX 108
Logan, Ohio
43138

Phone: (740) 385-2616
Fax: (740) 385-1822
Hocking County website »

Holmes County

East Jackson Street
Courthouse
Millersburg, Ohio
44654

Phone: (330) 674-1876
Fax: (330) 674-0289
Holmes County website »

Huron County

2 East Main Street
Norwalk, Ohio
44857

Phone: (419) 668-5113
Fax: (419) 663-4048
Huron County website »

Jackson County

226 East Main Street
Jackson, Ohio
45640

Phone: (740) 286-2006
Fax: (740) 286-5186
Jackson County website »

Jefferson County

301 Market Street
P.O. BOX 1326
Steubenville, Ohio
43952

Phone: (740) 283-8583
Fax: (740) 283-8597
Jefferson County website »

Knox County

117 East High St.
Mt. Vernon, Ohio
43050

Phone: (740) 393-6788
Fax: (740) 392-3533
Knox County website »

Lake County

25 N. Park Place
P. O. Box 490
Painesville , Ohio
44077

Phone: (440) 350-2657
Fax: (440) 350-2958
Lake County website »

Lawrence County

P. O. Box 208
Ironton, Ohio
45638

Phone: (740) 533-4356
Fax: (740) 533-4383
Lawrence County website »

Licking County

Courthouse Square
P.O. Box 4370
Newark, Ohio
43058

Phone: (740) 670-5791
Fax: (740) 670-5886
Licking County website »

Logan County

101 S. Main St.
Bellefontaine, Ohio
43311

Phone: (937) 599-7275
Fax: (937) 599-7281
Logan County website »

Lorain County

225 Court St.
P.O. Box 749
Elyria, Ohio
44036

Phone: (440) 329-5624
Fax: (440) 329-5404
Lorain County website »

Lucas County

700 Adams Street
Toledo, Ohio
43604

Phone: (419) 213-4491
Fax: (419) 213-4115
Lucas County website »

Madison County

1 N. Main Street
P.O. Box 557
London, Ohio
43140

Phone: (740) 845-1683
Fax: (740) 845-1778
Madison County website »

Mahoning County

120 Market Street
Youngstown, Ohio
44503

Phone: (330) 740-2104
Fax: (330) 740-2105
Mahoning County website »

Marion County

100 North Main Street
Marion, Ohio
43302

Phone: (740) 387-8128
Fax: (740) 383-1190
Marion County website »

Medina County

93 Public Square
Medina, Ohio
44256

Phone: (330) 725-9722
Fax: (330) 764-8454
Medina County website »

Meigs County

100 Second Street
P.O. Box 151
Pomeroy, Ohio
45769

Phone: (740) 992-5290
Fax: (740) 992-4429
Meigs County website »

Mercer County

101 North Main St.
PO Box 28
Celina, Ohio
45822

Phone: (419) 586-6461
Fax: (419) 586-5826
Mercer County website »

Miami County

201 West Main Street
3rd Floor Safety Building
Troy, Ohio
45373

Phone: (937) 440-6010
Fax: (937) 440-6011
Miami County website »

Monroe County

101 North Main Street
Woodsfield, Ohio
43793

Phone: (740) 472-0761
Fax: (740) 472-2549
Monroe County website »

Montgomery County

41 N. Perry Street
Dayton, Ohio
45422

Phone: (937) 225-4512
Fax: (937) 496-7220
Montgomery County website »

Morgan County

19 East Main Street
Courthouse
McConnelsville, Ohio
43756

Phone: (740) 962-4752
Fax: (740) 962-4522
Morgan County website »

Morrow County

48 East High Street
Mt. Gilead, Ohio
43338

Phone: (419) 947-2085
Fax: (419) 947-5421
Morrow County website »

Muskingum County

401 Main Street
Zanesville, Ohio
43701

Phone: (740) 455-7104
Fax: (740) 455-8245
Muskingum County website »

Noble County

350 Courthouse
Caldwell, Ohio
43724

Phone: (740) 732-5604
Fax: (740) 732-5604
Noble County website »

Ottawa County

315 Madison St.
Courthouse
Port Clinton, Ohio
43452

Phone: (419) 734-6755
Fax: (419) 734-6875
Ottawa County website »

Paulding County

115 North William Street
Paulding, Ohio
45879

Phone: (419) 399-8210
Fax: (419) 399-8248
Paulding County website »

Perry County

105 North Main Street
P.O. BOX 67
New Lexington, Ohio
43764

Phone: (740) 342-1022
Fax: (740) 342-5527
Perry County website »

Pickaway County

207 South Court Street
P.O. BOX 270
Circleville, Ohio
43113

Phone: (740) 474-5231
Fax: (740) 477-3976
Pickaway County website »

Pike County

100 East Second Street
Waverly, Ohio
45690

Phone: (740) 947-2715
Fax: (740) 947-1729
Pike County website »

Portage County

203 West Main St.
P. O. Box 1035
Ravenna, Ohio
44266

Phone: (330) 297-3644
Fax: (330) 297-4554
Portage County website »

Preble County

101 East Main Street
Eaton, Ohio
45320

Phone: (937) 456-8160
Fax: (937) 456-9548
Preble County website »

Putnam County

245 East Main Street
Ottawa, Ohio
45875

Phone: (419) 523-3110
Fax: (419) 523-5284
Putnam County website »

Richland County

50 Park Avenue East
P.O. BOX 127
Mansfield, Ohio
44902

Phone: (419) 774-5549
Fax: (419) 774-5547
Richland County website »

Ross County

2 N. Paint St.
Chillicothe, Ohio
45601

Phone: (740) 702-3010
Fax: (740) 702-3018
Ross County website »

Sandusky County

100 North Park Avenue
Fremont, Ohio
43420

Phone: (419) 334-6161
Fax: (419) 334-6164
Sandusky County website »

Scioto County

602 7th Street
Portsmouth, Ohio
45662

Phone: (740) 355-8218
Fax: (740) 354-2057
Scioto County website »

Seneca County

117 E. Market Street
Tiffin, Ohio
44883

Phone: (419) 447-0671
Fax: (419) 443-7919
Seneca County website »

Shelby County

100 E. Court Street
P. O. Box 809
Sidney, Ohio
45365

Phone: (937) 498-7221
Fax: (937) 498-4840
Shelby County website »

Stark County

P. O. Box 21160
Canton, Ohio
44702

Phone: (330) 451-7622
Fax: (330) 451-7066
Stark County website »

Summit County

205 S. High St.
Akron, Ohio
44308

Phone: (330) 643-2211
Fax: (330) 643-2213
Summit County website »

Trumbull County

161 High Street NW
Warren, Ohio
44481

Phone: (330) 675-2557
Fax: (330) 675-2563
Trumbull County website »

Tuscarawas County

125 East High Avenue
P. O. Box 628
New Philadelphia, Ohio
44663

Phone: (330) 365-3243
Fax: (330) 343-4682
Tuscarawas County website »

Union County

215 West Fifth Street
Marysville, Ohio
43040

Phone: (937) 645-3006
Fax: (937) 645-3162
Union County website »

Van Wert County

121 E. Main Street
P. O. Box 366
Van Wert, Ohio
45891

Phone: (419) 238-1022
Fax: (419) 238-4760
Van Wert County website »

Vinton County

100 East Main St
Courthouse
McArthur, Ohio
45651

Phone: (740) 596-3001
Fax: (740) 596-9611
Vinton County website »

Warren County

500 Justice Drive
P. O. Box 238
Lebanon, Ohio
45036

Phone: (513) 695-1120
Fax: (513) 695-2965
Warren County website »

Washington County

205 Putnam Street
Marietta, Ohio
45750

Phone: (740) 373-6623
Fax: (740) 374-3758
Washington County website »

Wayne County

107 West Liberty Street
P. O. Box 507
Wooster, Ohio
44691

Phone: (330) 287-5589
Fax: (330) 287-5416
Wayne County website »

Williams County

1 Courthouse Square
Bryan, Ohio
43506

Phone: (419) 636-1551
Fax: (419) 636-7877
Williams County website »

Wood County

One Courthouse Square
Bowling Green, Ohio
43402

Phone: (419) 354-9286
Fax: (419) 354-9241
Wood County website »

Wyandot County

109 S. Sandusky Avenue
Upper Sandusky, Ohio
43351

Phone: (419) 294-1432
Fax: (419) 294-6414
Wyandot County website »