Marriage


General Information

Hours:Location
Monday thru Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cuyahoga County Probate Court
Marriage License Department
Pursuant to Local Rule 53.1
All pleadings requiring a new case number
or the payment of court costs
shall be filed by 4:15 p.m.
1 Lakeside Avenue
Room 146 (1st Floor)
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Phone number: (216) 443-8920
See below for Satellite Locations and Information
CLOSED SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS,
and LEGAL HOLIDAYS
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Online Pre-Registration

Please Pre-Register for a Marriage License. When you successfully complete pre-registration, please bring in the confirmation number so we can assist you quickly. Thank you!

Click here to enter the Online Marriage Pre-Registration

Satellite Offices

Hours and Dates:Limitations and Location
Click Here for Additonal Information
9:00 a.m.to Noon &
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Satellite Offices will ONLY issue Marriage Licenses
and will accept Credit and Debit Cards Only. (No cash or checks)
No July Date
Friday August 1, 2014
Friday September 5, 2014

Shaker Heights Municipal Court
3355 Lee Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
Friday July 11, 2014
Friday August 8, 2014
Friday September 12, 2014

Garfield Heights Municipal Court
5555 Turney Road
Garfield Heights, OH 44125
Friday July 18, 2014
Friday August 15, 2014
Friday September 19, 2014

Rocky River Clerk of Court
21012 Hilliard Blvd.
Rocky River, OH 44116
Friday July 25, 2014
Friday August 22, 2014
Friday September 25, 2014

Berea Clerk of Court
11 Berea Commons
Berea, OH 44017

Our Historical Marriage Index Search is now included in our Docket Search.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Won't A Marriage License Be Issued To?
Persons nearer of kin than second cousins (O.R.C. 3101.01), or when either of the applicants is under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or controlled substance or is infected with syphilis in a form that is communicable or likely to become communicable (O.R.C. 3101.06).

What are the Procedures Regarding Marriage Licenses?
In the State of Ohio, the application for a marriage license must be made in the county of either applicant. If neither applicant is a resident of Ohio, the application must be made in the county in which the ceremony is performed.

Both parties are required to be present at the time of making the application for the marriage license. If either, or both applicants are physically incapacitated, their physician must complete and affidavit as to the physical disability, and this affidavit shall be filed with the application for the marriage license.

Each applicant must provide a social security number.

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What is the Earliest Legal Age One Can be Married?
The law requires that the age of the male applicant be EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS or more, and the age of the female applicant SIXTEEN (16) YEARS or more (unless the Juvenile Court has taken custody of either or both parties, thereby permitting such a marriage with the proper consent). Proof of age is required for applicants who are 18 years of age and younger.

If the female applicant is under EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS of age, and Juvenile Court DOES NOT have custody, then the parents of the female applicant under EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS of age, if living and in this country, or the legally appointed guardians of the minor, are required to give the proper consent to the marriage.

If the male applicant is under EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS of age, and/or the female applicant is under SIXTEEN (16) YEARS of age, consent for the marriage must be obtained from the Juvenile Court.

If either parent of a minor applying for a marriage license, resides out of the County or State, their consent must be obtained by their appearing before a Judge of a COURT OF RECORD and consent, in writing, before said Judge, which consent will then be returned to the Marriage License Bureau here, and filed.

COUNSELING:Applicants under 18 years of age must have received marriage counseling before the license can be issued.

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If One (or Both) of Us Have Been Married Before, Do We Need to Show Our Divorce Papers?
Yes, if either party has been divorced, the Places, Dates and Case Numbers of the Divorces are required. A certified copy of the last divorce decree must be presented at the time of application.

What is the Cost for a Marriage License?
The fee for a Marriage License is $50.00. The Court accepts cash, money order, cashier’s check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express credit or debit cards. There is a $2.00 convenience fee to use a credit or debit card.

Please note that the Marriage License is valid for SIXTY (60) DAYS from the date of issuance.

SPECIAL NOTE: Because of the numerous requests by civilians and persons in the Armed Forces to show proof of marriage at an early date, it is to be emphasized that upon the marriage of the parties, it is very important that the CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE be signed by the person Solemnizing the marriage who then sends the Certificate of Marriage Return to the Probate Court as soon as possible, but within THIRTY (30) DAYS. (R.C.3101.14)

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Where Can I Obtain a Certified Copy of My Marriage License?
To obtain a certified copy of your Marriage License the court needs to know the first and last names of the Groom, the first and Maiden (or name prior to marriage) names of the Bride, and the date of marriage. (If the exact date is not known, give an approximate year.) The cost of a certified copy is $2.00. You may either come to the marriage department in person with cash, or send a request through the mail accompanied by a money order or cashier's check for the number of copies. Be sure to include a self addressed stamped envelope where you would like the copy to be mailed.

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