How to Obtain a Marriage License
The probate court in each of Ohio's 88 counties is the only agency authorized to issue a marriage license. An application for a marriage license must be made by the parties before the probate court of the county in which either resides. If neither party is a resident of Ohio, the application must be made in the county where the marriage will be performed. The fee established for a marriage license in Mahoning County is $43.00 and must be paid in cash only.
NOTICE - NEW MARRIAGE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
Due to the State of Emergency issued by Gov. DeWine and the recent “Stay at Home” order, starting Tuesday, March 24, 2020 the Mahoning County Probate Court will only issue marriage licenses via appointment only. All couples needing a marriage license, will need to contact the court at (330) 740-2310 to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be available Monday through Friday except recognized legal holidays.
Applying On Line
The Mahoning County Probate Court has made it easier for individuals to obtain a marriage license. Applicants can now pre-register through the court’s online marriage license portal. By clicking here, you will be able to enter all of your information prior to coming to the court and obtaining your license. This will save you time and expedite the process.
Applying in Person
If you do not wish to pre-register online, both parties will need to appear in person at the court between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and provide the Court with all their information. In addition, whether you apply online or in person, both applicants will need to personally appear at the Mahoning County Probate Court. The following documents are required:
- A certified copy of birth certificate
- Proof of social security number i.e. Social Security Card or W2 form
- A valid driver's license or a valid photo I.D. card
- A certified copy of most recent Divorce Decree, if applicable
- A certified copy of Death Certificate, if applicable
Upon completion of the Marriage Application and approval of all necessary supplemental documentation, a Marriage License will be issued. The license will remain valid for 60 day; if the marriage is not performed within that time, a new license must be obtained.
How to Obtain a Certified Copy of my Marriage License
PERSONS NEEDING CERTIFIED COPIES OF
PREVIOUSLY ISSUED MARRIAGE LICENSES
Until further court order, the public will not be able to order certified copies of previously issued marriage licenses in person. All copies of marriage licenses must now be ordered in one of these three (3) ways:
1. via telephone by calling (330) 740-2310;
2. via email request at mcprobate@MahoningCountyOh.gov;
3. via U.S. Mail at Mahoning County Probate Court, 120 Market St., Youngstown, Ohio 44503
Any person requesting a certified copy of a marriage license must provide the following:
1. Names of both parties (maiden name if applicable);
2. Date of marriage;
3. Number of copies you are requesting along with $3.00 for each copy requested. Payment can be made via cash, check or money order payable to the “Mahoning County Probate Court.”
Use the Same Last Name
Assumption by one spouse of the other spouse's last name is a matter of custom and tradition. In fact, either party may assume the other's surname after marriage. In addition, both parties may adopt a new surname but must complete a legal name change for the new surname to be legally recognized.
If one spouse is assuming the name of the other spouse, it is very important that they notify the other governmental agencies of this fact. These would include the Social Security Administration and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Without these changes, problems may arise concerning the party's driver's license and their income tax for the Internal Revenue Service. The spouse wishing to assume the name of the other spouse should also contact any firm with which they have credit accounts and/or bank issued credit cards.