Ohio Wedding Laws

Ohio Wedding Laws - How to Become an Ordained Minister in Ohio

Over 25,000 Ohioans have discovered how easy it can be to become an ordained minister and wedding officiant online through the Universal Life Church. Read the instructions below to learn how to get ordained online with the ULC and perform legally-recognized wedding ceremonies in Ohio.

Perform Wedding Ceremonies In Ohio

1. The first step to officiating a wedding ceremony is always to become ordained online through the Universal Life Church. If you are already ordained, contact us to make sure that we still have your ordination account on file. Our ordination gives you, as a ULC minister, the authority to solemnize marriages in Ohio.

2. Make sure your personal information stored in your ordination account is current and accurate. Have you moved since you got ordained? E-mail us with your new address. Gotten married yourself and now no longer use your maiden name? Let us know and we'll make the necessary revisions. Being proactive in keeping your personal information up to date will minimize the chances that your attempt to file for a marriage license will be a failure.

3. Finally, call the county clerks of the counties where you plan on performing marriage ceremonies and verify that they accept our ordination. If they do, also inquire about what forms of credentials and documentation they need to see from Universal Life Church ministers like yourself in order to grant them permission to file for a marriage license. All of these forms of ministerial identification can be found in the Ministry Products section.

Special note for Ohio residents: county clerks in Ohio always require ordination credentials with live signatures on them. Our standard ordination credentials do not bear live signatures. A special variety of credential that is hand-signed by the ULC Monastery's presiding chaplain Brother Martin can be found here.

Still have lingering questions about how to perform a marriage ceremony in Ohio? Consult the resources below to have them answered:

  • Minister Training: the ULC has compiled a number of training materials which will help you prepare to use your minister's license, teach you about the religions of the world, and even help you start your own congregation.
  • Ministers Network: a social network built and maintained by the ULC. It allows our ministers to swap stories and provide advice on the intricacies of performing wedding ceremonies as well as providing a forum for intense religious discourse.
  • Educational books: our bookstore contains many books which can help ULC ministers plan and execute flawless weddings. These include wedding planning guides by The Knot, one of the internet's largest wedding plan sites, and Diane Warner's Complete Guide Book of Wedding Vows, the only wedding vow writing assistant you will ever need.

Feel free to e-mail us if the information given in the above links do not answer any of your questions.

Ohio Marriage Laws

 

See the Ohio Secretary of state website for further information. (external link)

3101.08. Who may solemnize. 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.

In order to marry in the state of Ohio, an engaged couple must first obtain an Ohio marriage license. The county clerk where you plan to marry will issue the marriage license. The fee for an Ohio wedding license is $40. Most counties only accept cash though some also accept money orders. It is best to check with the county clerk where you are applying for your marriage license to determine what their policies are. Proxy, cousin and same-sex marriages are not permitted in Ohio. Ohio is one of the states that has passed the DOMA or Defense of Marriage Act prohibiting same sex couples from marrying and specifying that only one man and one wife may enter into matrimony. Common Law marriages entered into prior to October of 1991 are permitted as determined by Ohio marriage laws. Common law marriages entered into after this date are not permitted.

A valid government-issued identification card is necessary to apply for an Ohio wedding license. Valid identification includes a driver's license, passport, certified birth certificate or visa. You do not need to be a resident of Ohio in order to marry in Ohio. If you have been previously married, you must bring a certified copy of your divorce decree of a copy of your former spouse's death certificate. Both parties must go to the county clerk's office in person to apply for the marriage license and must have appropriate identification. An Ohio marriage license is valid for sixty days. There is no waiting period after the license is issued and no blood tests are required. If you are under the age of eighteen, you must obtain the consent of your parents to marry and furnish a copy of your birth certificate according to Ohio marriage laws.

If you are in the process of determining how to get married in Ohio, the wedding officiant you choose must fall into the legal category of individuals who are empowered to solemnize marriages in Ohio. As of April, 1991 and according to Ohio marriage laws as determined by Ohio statute 31.0.10, any minister of any congregation or religious community may officiate at Ohio weddings as long as the minister remains in good standing with his or her religious community or congregation. This means that ULC Monastery ministers are capable of legally officiating wedding ceremonies in the State of Ohio.

Ministers must apply for a license to officiate Ohio weddings from the secretary of state. This includes online ordained ministers as well. There is no residency requirement of a wedding officiant in order to officiate at Ohio weddings, so ministers who became legally ordained online from outside of Ohio are able to perform legally-recognized wedding ceremonies there.

A special note for ULC Monastery ministers who are looking to perform wedding ceremonies in Ohio: this state is one of two in the United States which requires a live signature on the ordination credentials Universal Life Church ministers present to county clerks when filing for a marriage license. The ULC Monastery has a special ordination credential prepared specifically for this purpose.

Gay Marriage and Same Sex Wedding Laws:

This state currently bans same-sex marriage by Constitutional Amendment and State Law.

The Monastery Ordination Credential

To perform a marriage in Ohio you need to be ordained and may be required to provide proof of ordination such as an ordination credential, wallet credential, or a letter of good standing from the church.

Read the full Law on the official site »

Ohio Wedding Laws by County

Adams County

110 West Main Street
Courthouse
Room 207
West Union, Ohio
45693,
 
Phone: (937) 544-2344
Fmx: (937) 544-8271
E-mail: ggardner@adamscountycourts.com

Allen County

P. O. Box 1243
Lima, Ohio
45801,

Phone: (419) 223-8513
Fmx: (419) 222-8427
E-mail: gstaley@allencountyohio.com
Allen County website »

Ashland County

142 W. 2nd Street
Ashland, Ohio
44805,
Phone: (419) 282-4242
Fmx: (419) 282-4240
E-mail: clerkofcourts@ashlandcounty.org
Ashland County website »

Ashtabula County

25 West Jefferson Street
Jefferson, Ohio
44047,
 
Phone: (440) 576-3642
Fmx: (440) 576-2819
Ashtabula County website »

Athens County

1 South Court Street
4th Floor
Athens, Ohio
45701,

Phone: (740) 592-3242
Fmx: (740) 592-3282
E-mail: atrout@athenscountygovernment.com
Athens County website »

Auglaize County

201 South Willipie Street
P.O. Box 409
Suite 211
Ohio


Phone: (419) 739-6765
Fmx: (419) 739-6768
E-mail: sekohler@auglaizecounty.org
Auglaize County website »

Belmont County

101 West Main St.
St. Clairsville, Ohio
43950,
 
Phone: (740) 699-2169
Fax: (740) 695-5305
E-mail: rmarple@belmontcountycoc.com
Belmont County website »

Brown County

101 Main St.
Georgetown, Ohio
45121,
 
Phone: (937) 378-3100
Fmx: (937) 378-1753
E-mail: tmeranda@browncountycourt.org
Brown County website »

Butler County

315 High Street
5th Floor
Hamilton, Ohio
45011,
Phone: (513) 887-3278
Fax: (513) 887-3966
E-mail: mail@butlercountyclerk.org
Butler County website »

Carroll County

119 S. Lisbon St
Ste 401
Carrollton, Ohio
44615,
Phone: (330) 627-4886
Fax: (330) 627-6437
E-mail: bwohlwend@carrollcountyohio.us

Champaign County

200 North Main Street
Urbana, Ohio
43078,
 
Phone: (937) 484-1047
Fmx: (937) 484-5325
E-mail: punderwood@co.champaign.oh.us

Clark County

101 N Limestone St.
P.O. Box 1008
Springfield, Ohio
45502,
 
Phone: (937) 521-1680
Fax: (937) 328-2436
E-mail: rvincent@clarkcountyohio.gov
Clark County website »

Clermont County

270 Main Street
Batavia, Ohio
45103,
 
Phone: (513) 732-7560
Fmx: (513) 732-7925
Clermont County website »

Clinton County

46 S. South Street
3rd Floor Courthouse
Wilmington, Ohio
45177,

Phone: (937) 382-2316
Fax: (937) 383-3455
E-mail: cbailey@clintoncountycourts.org
Clinton County website »

Columbiana County

Lisbon, Ohio
44432,
 
Phone: (330) 424-7777
Fmx: (330) 424-3960
E-mail: tdattilio@ccclerk.org
Columbiana County website »

Coshocton County

318 Main Street
Coshocton, Ohio
43812,
 
Phone: (740) 622-1456
Fax: (740) 295-0020
E-mail: janetmosier@coshoctoncounty.net
Coshocton County website »

Crawford County

112 East Mansfield Street
Suite 204
Bucyrus, Ohio
44820,
 
Phone: (419) 562-2766
Fax: (419) 562-8011
E-mail: clerk@crawford-co.org
Crawford County website »

Cuyahoga County

1200 Ontario Street
Cleveland, Ohio
44113,
 
Phone: (216) 443-7950
Fax: (216) 443-6868
E-mail: gfuerst@cuyahogacounty.us
Cuyahoga County website »

Darke County

504 South Broadway
Second Floor, Courthouse
Greenville, Ohio
45331,

Phone: (937) 547-7335
Fmx: (937) 547-7305
E-mail: cpike@co.darke.oh.us
Darke County website »

Defiance County

221 Clinton Street
Defiance, Ohio
43512,
 
Phone: (419) 782-1936
Fax: (419) 782-2739
E-mail: clerk@defiance-county.com
Defiance County website »

Delaware County

91 North Sandusky Street
1st Floor
Delaware, Ohio
43015,
 
Phone: (740) 833-2500
Fmx: (740) 833-2499
E-mail: jana@co.delaware.oh.us
Delaware County website »

Erie County

323 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky, Ohio
44870,
 
Phone: (419) 627-7705
Fmx: (419) 624-6873
E-mail: bjohnson@erie-county-ohio.net
Erie County website »

Fairfield County

224 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 370
Lancaster, Ohio
43130,
Phone: (740) 687-7030
Fax: (740) 687-0158
E-mail: dsmalley@co.fairfield.oh.us
Fairfield County website »

Fayette County

110 E. Court Street
Washington Court House, Ohio
43160,

Phone: (740) 335-6371
Fmx: (740) 333-3522
E-mail: epentzer@fayette-co-oh.com
Fayette County website »

Franklin County

373 South High St.
Columbus, Ohio
43215,
 
Phone: (614) 462-3600
Fax: (614) 462-4325
E-mail: fcccp@franklincountyohio.gov
Franklin County website »

Fulton County

210 South Fulton St.
Courthouse
Room 102
Wauseon, Ohio
43567,
 
Phone: (419) 337-9231
Fmx: (419) 337-9199
E-mail: mgype@fultoncountyoh.com
Fulton County website »

Gallia County

18 Locust Street
Room 1290
Gallipolis, Ohio
45631,
 
Phone: (740) 446-4612 Ext 222
Fmx: (740) 441-2932
E-mail: clerkofcourts@gallianet.net
Gallia County website »

Geauga County

100 Short Court Street
Suite 300
Chardon, Ohio
44024,
 
Phone: (440) 279-1960
Fax: (440) 286-2127
E-mail: dkaminski@co.geauga.oh.us
Geauga County website »

Greene County

45 N. Detroit Street
Xenia, Ohio
45385,

Phone: (937) 562-5290
Fax: (937) 562-5309
E-mail: tmazur@co.greene.oh.us
Greene County website »

Guernsey County

801 Wheeling Ave.
D-200
Cambridge, Ohio
43725,

Phone: (740) 432-9230
Fmx: (740) 432-7807
E-mail: tdankovic@guernseycounty.org
Guernsey County website »

Hamilton County

James Cissell, Probate Court
230 E. Ninth Street
Room 375
Cincinnati, Ohio
45202,
 
Phone: 513 945-3580
Fax: (513) 946-5660
E-mail: Pclancy@cms.hamilton-co.org
Hamilton County website »

Hancock County

300 South Main Street
Findlay, Ohio
45840,
Phone: (419) 424-7037
Fax: (419) 424-7801
E-mail: cawilcox@co.hancock.oh.us
Hancock County website »

Hardin County

One Public Square
Suite 310
Kenton, Ohio
43326,

Phone: (419) 674-2278
Fax: (419) 674-2273
E-mail: clerkofcourts@hardincourts.com
Hardin County website »

Harrison County

100 W. Market Street
Harrison County Court House
Cadiz, Ohio
43907,
Phone: (740) 942-8863
Fax: (740) 942-4693
E-mail: lamilliken@verizon.net

Henry County

660 N. Perry St.
Suite 302
Napoleon, Ohio
43545,
Phone: (419) 592-5886
Fax: (419) 592-5888
E-mail: judy.sonnenberg@henrycountyohio.com
Henry County website »

Highland County

105 North High Street
P.O. BOX 821
Courthouse
Hillsboro, Ohio
45133,
 
Phone: (937) 393-9957
Fax: (937) 393-9878

Hocking County

1 Main Street
P.O. BOX 108
Logan, Ohio
43138,
Phone: (740) 385-2616
Fax: (740) 385-1822
E-mail: nstahr@co.hocking.oh.us

Holmes County

East Jackson Street
Courthouse
Suite 306
Millersburg, Ohio
44654,
 
Phone: (330) 674-1876
Fmx: (330) 674-0289
E-mail: dlmillerclk@co.holmes.oh.us

Huron County

2 East Main Street
Norwalk, Ohio
44857,

Phone: (419) 668-5113
Fmx: (419) 663-4048
E-mail: susan@huroncountyclerk.com
Huron County website »

Jackson County

226 East Main Street
Jackson, Ohio
45640,
Phone: (740) 286-2006
Fax: (740) 286-5186
E-mail: seth.i.michael@jcclerk.com
Jackson County website »

Jefferson County

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

Phone: (740) 283-8583
Fax: (740) 283-8597

Knox County

117 East High St.
Suite 201
Mt. Vernon, Ohio
43050,

Phone: (740) 393-6788
Fax: (740) 392-3533
E-mail: clerkofcourts@co.knox.oh.us
Knox County website »

Lake County

25 N. Park Place
P. O. Box 490
Painesville , Ohio
44077,
Phone: (440) 350-2657
Fmx: (440) 350-2958
E-mail: maureen.kelly@lakecountyohio.gov
Lake County website »

Lawrence County

P. O. Box 208
Ironton, Ohio
45638,

Phone: (740) 533-4356
Fax: (740) 533-4383
E-mail: rackattack01@hotmail.com
Lawrence County website »

Licking County

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

Phone: (740) 670-5791
Fmx: (740) 670-5886
E-mail: tridella@lcounty.com
Licking County website »

Logan County

101 S. Main St.
RM 12 - Courthouse
Bellefontaine, Ohio
43311,
 
Phone: (937) 599-7275
Fax: (937) 599-7281
E-mail: dtuttle@co.logan.oh.us
Logan County website »

Lorain County

225 Court St.
P.O. Box 749
1st Floor
Elyria, Ohio
44036,

Phone: (440) 329-5624
Fax: (440) 329-5404
E-mail: rnabakowski@loraincounty.us
Lorain County website »

Lucas County

700 Adams Street
3rd Floor
Toledo, Ohio
43604,
 
Phone: (419) 213-4491
Fax: (419) 213-4115
E-mail: bquilter@co.lucas.oh.us
Lucas County website »

Madison County

1 N. Main Street
P.O. Box 557
London, Ohio
43140,
 
Phone: (740) 845-1683
Fax: (740) 845-1778
E-mail: clerkofcourts@co.madison.oh.us
Madison County website »

Mahoning County

120 Market Street
Youngstown, Ohio
44503,

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

Marion County

100 North Main Street
Marion, Ohio
43302,
Phone: (740) 387-8128
Fmx: (740) 383-1190
E-mail: juliekagel@yahoo.com

Medina County

93 Public Square
Medina, Ohio
44256,

Phone: (330) 725-9722
Fmx: (330) 764-8454
E-mail: kfortney@medinaco.org
Medina County website »

Meigs County

100 Second Street
P.O. Box 151
Pomeroy, Ohio
45769,
 
Phone: (740) 992-5290
Fax: (740) 992-4429
E-mail: meigsclerk@suddenlinkmail.com

Mercer County

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

Phone: (419) 586-6461
Fax: (419) 586-5826
E-mail: clerk@mercercountyohio.org
Mercer County website »

Miami County

201 West Main Street
3rd Floor Safety Building
Troy, Ohio
45373,
 
Phone: (937) 440-6010
Fmx: (937) 440-6011
E-mail: jmottinger@co.miami.oh.us

Monroe County

101 North Main Street
Room 26
Woodsfield, Ohio
43793,

Phone: (740) 472-0761
Fax: (740) 472-2549
E-mail: monroecountyclerkofcourts@yahoo.com

Montgomery County

41 N. Perry Street
Dayton, Ohio
45422,

Phone: (937) 225-4512
Fax: (937) 496-7220
E-mail: clerk@mcohio.org
Montgomery County website »

Morgan County

19 East Main Street
Courthouse
McConnelsville, Ohio
43756,

Phone: (740) 962-4752
Fmx: (740) 962-4522
E-mail: carma.harlow@morgancounty-oh.gov

Morrow County

48 East High Street
Mt. Gilead, Ohio
43338,
 
Phone: (419) 947-2085
Fax: (419) 947-5421
E-mail: vmills@morrowcounty.info
Morrow County website »

Muskingum County

401 Main Street
Zanesville, Ohio
43701,

Phone: (740) 455-7104
Fmx: (740) 455-8245
E-mail: tabickle@muskingumcounty.org
Muskingum County website »

Noble County

350 Courthouse
Caldwell, Ohio
43724,

Phone: (740) 732-5604
Fax: (740) 732-5604
E-mail: clerkofcourtsnoble@yahoo.com

Ottawa County

315 Madison St.
Courthouse
Room 304
Port Clinton, Ohio
43452,
Phone: (419) 734-6755
Fax: (419) 734-6875
E-mail: jwilkins@co.ottawa.oh.us
Ottawa County website »

Paulding County

115 North William Street
Paulding, Ohio
45879,

Phone: (419) 399-8210
Fmx: (419) 399-8248
E-mail: clerk@pauldingcountyoh.com

Perry County

105 North Main Street
P.O. BOX 67
New Lexington, Ohio
43764,
Phone: (740) 342-1022
Fmx: (740) 342-5527

Pickaway County

207 South Court Street
P.O. BOX 270
Circleville, Ohio
43113,
 
Phone: (740) 474-5231
Fax: (740) 477-3976
E-mail: pickawayclerk@frognet.net
Pickaway County website »

Pike County

100 East Second Street
2nd Floor
Waverly, Ohio
45690,

Phone: (740) 947-2715
Fax: (740) 947-1729
E-mail: jwilliams@pike-co.org

Portage County

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

Phone: (330) 297-3644
Fax: (330) 297-4554
E-mail: lFankhauser@portageco.com
Portage County website »

Preble County

101 East Main Street
3rd Floor Courthouse
Eaton, Ohio
45320,
Phone: (937) 456-8160
Fax: (937) 456-9548
E-mail: cwashington@preblecountyohio.net
Preble County website »

Putnam County

245 East Main Street
Suite 301
Ottawa, Ohio
45875,
 
Phone: (419) 523-3110
Fax: (419) 523-5284
E-mail: tlammers@nwbright.net
Putnam County website »

Richland County

50 Park Avenue East
P.O. BOX 127
Mansfield, Ohio
44902,
Phone: (419) 774-5549
Fax: (419) 774-5547
E-mail: frary.l@cpcnet.co.richland.oh.us
Richland County website »

Ross County

2 N. Paint St.
Suite B
Chillicothe, Ohio
45601,

Phone: (740) 702-3010
Fmx: (740) 702-3018
E-mail: rcclerk@bright.net
Ross County website »

Sandusky County

100 North Park Avenue
Suite 320
Fremont, Ohio
43420,

Phone: (419) 334-6161
Fmx: (419) 334-6164
E-mail: Brown_Warren@co.sandusky.oh.us
Sandusky County website »

Scioto County

602 7th Street
Room 205
Portsmouth, Ohio
45662,
 
Phone: (740) 355-8218
Fmx: (740) 354-2057
E-mail: lwhite@sciotocounty.net
Scioto County website »

Seneca County

117 E. Market Street
Suite 4101
Tiffin, Ohio
44883,
Phone: (419) 447-0671
Fax: (419) 443-7919
E-mail: mward@acctiffin.com
Seneca County website »

Shelby County

100 E. Court Street
P. O. Box 809
Courthouse, 3rd Floor
Sidney, Ohio
45365,
 
Phone: (937) 498-7221
Fax: (937) 498-4840
E-mail: mmumford@shelbycountyclerkofcourts.com
Shelby County website »

Stark County

P. O. Box 21160
Canton, Ohio
44702,
 
Phone: (330) 451-7622
Fmx: (330) 451-7066
E-mail: nsreinbo@co.stark.oh.us
Stark County website »

Summit County

205 S. High St.
First Floor
Akron, Ohio
44308,

Phone: (330) 643-2211
Fax: (330) 643-2213
E-mail: dhorrigan@summitoh.net
Summit County website »

Trumbull County

161 High Street NW
Warren, Ohio
44481,

Phone: (330) 675-2557
Fmx: (330) 675-2563
E-mail: clallen@co.trumbull.oh.us
Trumbull County website »

Tuscarawas County

125 East High Avenue
P. O. Box 628
Room 230
New Philadelphia, Ohio
44663,
Phone: (330) 365-3243
Fmx: (330) 343-4682
E-mail: clarke@co.tuscarawas.oh.us
Tuscarawas County website »

Union County

215 West Fifth Street
Marysville, Ohio
43040,
Phone: (937) 645-3006
Fmx: (937) 645-3162
E-mail: tnickle@co.union.oh.us

Van Wert County

121 E. Main Street
P. O. Box 366
3rd Fl.
Van Wert, Ohio
45891,
 
Phone: (419) 238-1022
Fax: (419) 238-4760
E-mail: vwcommonpleas1@embarqmail.com

Vinton County

100 East Main St
Courthouse
McArthur, Ohio
45651,
Phone: (740) 596-3001
Fax: (740) 596-9611
E-mail: clerkofcourts@vintonco.com

Warren County

500 Justice Drive
P. O. Box 238
Lebanon, Ohio
45036,
Phone: (513) 695-1120
Fmx: (513) 695-2965
E-mail: James.Spaeth@co.warren.oh.us
Warren County website »

Washington County

205 Putnam Street
Marietta, Ohio
45750,
 
Phone: (740) 373-6623
Fmx: (740) 374-3758
E-mail: bwolfe@wcgov.org

Wayne County

107 West Liberty Street
P. O. Box 507
Wooster, Ohio
44691,
 
Phone: (330) 287-5589
Fax: (330) 287-5416
E-mail: tneal@waynecourts.org
Wayne County website »

Williams County

1 Courthouse Square
Bryan, Ohio
43506,

Phone: (419) 636-1551
Fax: (419) 636-7877
E-mail: kherman@wmsco.org
Williams County website »

Wood County

One Courthouse Square
Bowling Green, Ohio
43402,

Phone: (419) 354-9286
Fmx: (419) 354-9241
E-mail: chofner@co.wood.oh.us
Wood County website »

Wyandot County

109 S. Sandusky Avenue
Room 3l
Upper Sandusky, Ohio
43351,

Phone: (419) 294-1432
alternate phone: (419) 354-9286
Fmx: (419) 294-6414
E-mail: akdunbar@co.wyandot.oh.us
Wyandot County website »