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 Franklin County. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Franklin County. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in Franklin County, Ohio.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Does Ordination Expire: No
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Franklin County

The first step also happens to be the easiest one! Becoming an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church takes only minutes, it’s free to join, and – best of all – ULC ordinations are good for life. Join our global family of ministers who enjoy the power to perform legal wedding ceremonies! To sign up, just follow the button found below:

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Franklin County

This part is important: Ohio ministers must submit marriage applications at the state level, to the Marriage Licensing office at the Secretary of State. So, your next step would be to contact them or visit their office to learn what documentation they’ll need. The address for the Marriage Licensing Office is located at:

Ohio Secretary of State Minister's License
P.O. Box 1658
Columbus, OH 43216

and the phone number to reach the office is (614) 728-9200.

Select your Clerk or Recorder to view contact information for your local office:

Franklin County Office

Address:
180 E. Broad Street, Suite 103
Columbus, Ohio

Phone: (614) 466-8770
Franklin County Website

3 License to Marry in Franklin County

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. This could vary widely county-by-county, so be sure you pay careful attention to the requirements given to you by the department that grants marriage license in the Franklin County office.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Franklin County

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 Franklin County marriage license from the appropriate office. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office before its expiry.

At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Franklin County, 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 Franklin County 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.