In the interest of public health due to the increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients and the strain being placed on healthcare workers, officers and hospitals, it is hereby Ordered, adjudged and decreed that effective immediately the Mahoning County Probate Court is modifying its operations as to the issuance of marriage licenses. All marriage license appointments will be held via video conference until further order (click for more info/JE).
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 or credit card.
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
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 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.
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ELECTRONIC FILING PROCEDURES
TO ALL PROBATE PRACTITIONERS:
Today I issued a Judgment Entry (see attached) stating that effective December 1, 2020, the Court will not accept any electronic filing unless they are directed to one of the officially designated addresses:
1. Facsimile to 330-740-2325; and
2. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It has been brought to my attention that several lawyers and staff are emailing documents directly to certain Court employees. The problem that this is causing is that those pleadings cannot be properly “tracked” and processed in a timely manner. The officially designated addresses are constantly monitored throughout the day by Deputy Clerks and are processed when received and officially time stamped. When pleadings are emailed to a specific Court employee, that employee may be off for an extended period of time due to illness or scheduled vacation time and no other Court employee has access to those documents.
Therefore, that is why it is imperative that you send all of your pleadings to the officially designated addresses so they are processed in a timely manner. You are free to reference in your cover letter/email who the pleading(s) should be directed to, but please only send to the officially designated addresses for consistency purposes.
Thank you for you cooperation and understanding during this very unique time.