Marriage License Info
Marriage License Cost
Forms of payment accepted is Cash, Master Card, and Visa
Apply in person in the Probate Court Clerks Office
Pickaway County Courthouse
207 South Court Room 3
Ciecleville, Ohio 43113
Monday – Friday
8:00am to 3:30pm
• Definition of Marriage
• Who may Apply for a Marriage License?
• How do we apply for a Marriage License?
• Must I show Proof of Divorce or Death of a previous Spouse?
• Is there a Waiting Period?
• Do I need a Blood Test?
• How Do I get a certified copy of my Marriage Certificate?
• Who may Solemnize a marriage?
• Civil Ceremony Information?
• How do I change my name after I’m married and who do I notify?
Definition of Marriage?
Ohio Constitution Article XV 11
“Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions. This state and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage.”
Adopted November 2, 2004
Who May Apply?
Male persons of the age of eighteen (18) years of age, and female persons eighteen (18) years of age, not nearer of kin than second cousins, and not having a husband or wife living, may be joined in marriage.
If a minor wishes to obtain a marriage licenses they must first obtain the consent of the minor’s parents, surviving parent, parent who is designated the residential parent and legal custodian of the child by a Court competent jurisdiction, guardian, or any one of the following who has been awarded permanent custody of the minor by the Court exercising juvenile jurisdiction:
(A) An adult person;
(B) The department of Job and Family Services or any child welfare organization certified by such department;
(C) A public children services agency.
A minor shall not be required to obtain the consent of a parent who resides in a foreign country, has neglected or abandoned such minor for a period of one year or longer immediately preceding the application for a marriage license, has been adjudged incompetent, is an inmate of a state mental or correctional institution, has been permanently deprived of parental rights and responsibilities for the care of the child and the right to have the child live the parent and to be the legal custodian of the child by a Court exercising juvenile jurisdiction, or has been deprived of parental rights and responsibilities for the care of the child and the right to have the child live with the parent and to be the legal custodian of the child by the appointment of a guardian of the person of the minor by the Probate Court or by any other Court of competent jurisdiction.
(See Ohio Revised Code 3101.01- Person who may be joined in marriage; minor to obtain consent.)
A minor who desires to obtain a marriage license must have martial counseling prior to the issuance of the marriage license. The counseling must be provided by a licensed counselor, ordained member of the clergy, a psychologist, or psychiatrist. A letter from the person who provided.
How do we apply?
Both marriage applicants must apply in person together. At least on of the applicants must be a Pickaway County resident. A valid picture I.D. showing current address is required. If current address is not on the picture I.D. A current utility statement, bank statement, or credit card statement must be presented to the Clerk. The license may be used anywhere in the State of Ohio. This Court will also issue the license if neither of the applicants is a resident of the State of Ohio, but the marriage ceremony must take place in Pickaway County. The minimum age for applying for a license in Ohio, without parental consent is eighteen (18) years of age.
Do I need a Blood Test?
No blood test or physical examination is required in the State of Ohio.
Must I show proof of divorce or death of a previous spouse?
If either applicant has been married before, they must bring a certified copy of the final decree of their divorce. In the event of the death of a former spouse, a certified copy of the death certificate is required.
Is there a waiting period?
After the application is accepted, there is no waiting period to receive the license. The license is valid for sixty (60) days from the date of issuance.
How do I get a Certified Copy of my marriage license?
When proof of marriage is needed, a certified copy of the marriage certificate can be obtain through the Pickaway County Probate Court Clerks Office during our normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. The cost of a marriage certificate is $2.00 per certified copy. If you obtained your marriage license in Pickaway County please provide the following information: Husband’s full name, wife’s full maiden name, and date of marriage including the year.
Who may solemnize a marriage?
Only a duly ordained or licensed minister who is registered with the Secretary of the State of Ohio, a Judge, a Mayor, or the Superintendent of the State School for the Deaf may solemnize a marriage.
To register with the Secretary of State or find out if your minister is registered, call (614) 466-2585.
Civil Ceremony Information
Circleville Municipal Court Circleville City Mayor’s Office
(740) 474-3171 (740) 477-2551
How do I change my name after I’m married and who do I notify?
By custom, a wife who chooses to take her husband’s name as a result of a marriage does not need to go through a Court proceeding to change her name. This may be accomplished by notifying the appropriate agencies. By way of example, a wife should record her new name with Social Security, her employer, the IRS, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Board of Election, the school she attends or has children attending, and all financial institutions in which she transacts business.
The husband may adopt the wife’s name and the parties may hyphenate their name. However, since these changes are not common, they may be more difficult to accomplish. The parties may need to file an application for a legal name change in the Probate Court of the County of residence for the past year.
Employers should be notified of the in marital status. If appropriate, the married couple should adjust their federal and state income tax withholdings and the beneficiaries of any retirement plans. Some contracts, divorce decrees, and domestic court rules require notice of the change in marital status. Such documents should be reviewed to determine if notice is necessary. If either party changes their residence address, the Board of Elections in the County of the new residence should be contacted.
Individuals should be aware of the existence of non-government agencies claiming to change social security and / or credit card information for a nominal fee. This Court does not endorse such services. This can be accomplished at no charge by directly contacting Social Security and the other entities previously mentioned.