Courthouse

Ross County Court of Common Pleas
Probate-Juvenile Divisions

2 N. Paint St, Suite A
Chillicothe, OH  45601

Phone (740) 774-1179 or 774-1177                   Fax (740) 774-3711

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Closed on all legal holidays

 


Marriage License
 
Effective July 24, 2020 a mask is required for entrance into the Court.
                 
 

ALL APPLICATIONS FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE SHALL BE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

ALL MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICANTS SHALL CONTACT THE ROSS COUNTY PROBATE COURT AT (740) 774-1177 TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT.

ALL MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICANTS SHALL COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FOR MARRIAGE LICENSE AND BRING IT WITH THEM

COMPLETE THE MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATION PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL

Application for Marriage License

 
 

The fee for a marriage license is $50.00. Payment can be made either by cash or credit card. No personal checks will be accepted.

 
 

The applicants must appear before the clerk together. One of the applicants must be a resident of Ross County, Ohio. If both applicants are from out of state they must be getting married in Ross County, Ohio. If the out of State applicants are getting married in another county in Ohio, they must obtain their marriage license in that county.

All applicants must present photo identification.

If you are under the age of 18, see Marriage Consent (below) regarding requirements.

 
 

If you have been married before, you must present a copy of your divorce decree for each and every marriage.

If your spouse is deceased, you must present a copy of the death certificate.

 
 

There is no blood test or waiting period and the license is effective immediately and is valid for sixty (60) days.

 
           
 
To speed up your time at the courthouse when applying for your marriage license, complete the following form and bring it with you.

Application for Marriage License

 
           
  The Probate Judge can solemnize marriages; however, this is done by appointment only. Please contact the Court to schedule an appointment. There is a $25.00 fee.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

To obtain a copy of your marriage license:

 
 

If you received your license within the last sixty (60) days, contact the front desk clerk at (740) 774-1177 ext 100

 
 

If you received your license more than sixty (60) days ago, contact the Archivist at (740) 774-1177 ext. 113

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A regular copy of your marriage license is $0.05 per page. A certified copy of your marriage license is $7.00 per copy. Payment must be made either by cash, credit card or money order (Payable to the Ross County Probate Court). No personal checks will be accepted.

 
                     
 

Local Rule 75.14 Marriage License Applicants

A. Pursuant to Ohio R.C. 3101.05 any applicant for a marriage license who is a minor must provide proof of having had marriage counseling prior to applying for the license. Clergy can provide the counseling or a person licensed by the State of Ohio to provide counseling. Proof of counseling may be in the form of a letter to this Court from the person who provided the counseling on his or her letterhead.

B. The probate judge has authority to solemnize marriages.  There will be a $25.00 fee assessed for the probate judge to solemnize a marriage, in accordance with ORC 2101.27.  Said fee shall be paid into the county’s general fund.


Marriage Consent

Generally, any unmarried person age 18 or older may apply for a marriage license in the State of Ohio pursuant to R.C. 3101.01, R.C. 3101.05.
However, if both persons to be joined in marriage are the age of 17, they may be joined in marriage only if the Juvenile Court has filed a Consent to the Marriage pursuant to R.C. 3101.02(A), R.C. 3101.04.
If only one person is the age of 17 that person may be joined in marriage only if (1) the Juvenile Court has filed a Consent to the Marriage pursuant to R.C. 3101.04 and (2) the other person to be joined in marriage is not more than 4 years older. R.C. 3101.02.


The parties must provide proof of counseling and photo identification.

Further, there is a mandatory 14 day waiting period between the granting of a marriage consent and the marriage license application.

 

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