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
 
                 
 

APPLICATIONS FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE MONDAY-FRIDAY BETWEEN 8:00 A.M. AND 3:00 P.M.

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 3:00 P.M.

 
 

The fee for a marriage license is $40.00. Payment can be made either by cash or credit card. No personal checks will be accepted.

 
 

The bride and groom must appear before the clerk together. Either the bride or groom must be a resident of Ross County, Ohio or both are from out of state and getting married in Ross County, Ohio. You 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.

 
 

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 $2.00 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
A marriage consent for underage bride and/or groom must be granted, before a marriage license can be issued .
                     
Male 18 or over and Female 16 or 17                  
 
  • Consent of her parents (both parents if married; if divorced the parent with custody must sign and present a court order granding them custody. If shared custody both parents must consent)
   
   
  • Birth certificate if 18 or under
   
                           
  Male under 18 and Female 18 or over                  
   
  • Must show proof of marriage counseling
   
   
  • Consent of his parents (both parents if married; if divorced the parent with custody must sign and present a court order granding them custody. If shared custody both parents must consent)
   
   
  • Female must be pregnant (statement from physician)
   
   
  • Birth certificate if 18 or under
   
   
  • Must have Judge's consent
   
                           
  Male 17 and Female 17                  
   
  • Must show proof of marriage counseling
   
   
  • Consent of his and her parents (both parents if married; if divorced the parent with custody must sign and present a court order granding them custody. If shared custody, both parents must consent)
   
   
  • Female must be pregnant (statement from physician)
   
   
  • Birth certificate if 18 or under
   
   
  • Must have Judge's consent
   
                           
  Male 17 and Female 16                  
   
  • Must show proof of marriage counseling
   
   
  • Consent of his and her parents (both parents if married; if divorced the parent with custody must sign and present a court order granding them custody. If shared custody, both parents must consent)
   
   
  • Female must be pregnant (statement from physician)
   
   
  • Birth certificate if 18 or under
   
   
  • Must have Judge's consent
   
         
  Male 18 and Female under 16                  
   
  • Must show proof of marriage counseling
   
   
  • Consent of her parents (both parents if married; if divorced the parent with custody must sign and present a court order granding them custody. If shared custody, both parents must consent)
   
   
  • Female must be pregnant (statement from physician)
   
   
  • Birth certificate if 18 or under
   
   
  • Must have Judge's consent
   
                           
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