BOTH APPLICANTS MUST PERSONALLY APPEAR TOGETHER AT THE COURT.
The following items are required at the time of the application:
A Birth Certificate is required for ALL APPLICANTS (A Certified Copy, where the applicant is under 21)
A Certified Copy of Divorce Decree, where applicable
A Certified Copy of Death Certificate, where applicable
A $44.00 cash fee is required at the time of the application.
Marriage is basically a contract between two parties. However, there is a third party to all contracts of marriage - the State of Ohio. It is the State that by law provides conditions to and limitations of the marriage contract. The Probate Court is the sole agency, under the laws of the State of Ohio, vested with the authority to issue marriage licenses.
WHAT ARE THE FEES?
The fee for obtaining a marriage license is $44.00 payable in cash. This fee is non-refundable. Of this fee, $17.00 is allocated to a fund established by the State of Ohio to provide financial assistance to shelters for victims of domestic violence.
WHO MAY APPLY?
Males of 18 years of age and females of 16 years of age who are not nearer of kin than second cousins may apply for a marriage license. For minor applicants, parental or juvenile court consent may be required. Application must be made in person by both parties. All applicants must have their birth certificates and driver’s license or other positive form of photographic identification such as military or state identification.
WHAT INFORMATION IS REQUIRED?
Each of the applicants must supply to the Court their respective address, name, age, place of birth, occupation, social security number, father’s name, mother’s maiden name, if known, and the name of the person who is expected to solemnize the marriage.
No marriage license shall be granted when either of the applicants is under the influence of intoxicating liquor or controlled substances or is infected with syphilis in a form that is communicable or likely to become so.
One or both of the applicants must be a resident of Trumbull County for a marriage license to be issued. Applicants from out of state may apply for a marriage license in Trumbull County provided the marriage ceremony is performed in Trumbull County.
If either party has been previously married, the application shall include the names of the parties to any such marriage and any minor children. If divorced, a certified copy of the divorce decree must be submitted to the Probate Court at the time of the application.
If either party has been widowed, a certified copy of the death certificate is required.
A BLOOD TEST IS NO LONGER REQUIRED.
WHO MAY PERFORM THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY?
An ordained or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation within the state of Ohio licensed to perform marriages, a judge of a county court, an authorized judge of a municipal court, the mayor of a municipal corporation in any county in which such municipal corporation wholly or partly lies, the superintendent of the state school for the deaf, or any religious society in conformity with the rules and regulations of its church may perform the marriage ceremony.
Once the license is issued, it is only valid for a sixty (60) calendar days. If a marriage license has expired, re-application is necessary and a new license must be issued.
CHANGE OF NAME
If one spouse is assuming the name of the other spouse, it is very important that they notify several 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.
All applicants must check their license prior to leaving the Court in order to ascertain that all of the information is correct and that no errors have been made.
LOCAL MARRIAGE OFFICIANTS
Judge Jeffrey D. Adler
Girard Municipal Court
Judge Thomas A. Campbell
Central District Court (Cortland)
Mayor William Douglas Franklin
Warren City Hall (Fridays Only)
Mayor Arno Hill
Lordstown Administration Building
Judge Terry F. Ivanchak
Warren Municipal Court
Mayor James J. Melfi
Girard City Hall (Office Hours Only)
Judge Marty D. Nosich
Eastern District Court (Brookfield)
Judge Christopher J. Shaker
Niles Municipal Court (Niles, Weathersfield, and McDonald Residents)
Judge Philip M. Vigorito
Newton Falls Municipal Court
Not all marriage records will be available through search of the Court's docket. A search of such records can be made by the clerks upon request.
The Probate Court accepts payment by cash only for marraige licenses.