The Probate Court is the sole agency authorized to issue marriage licenses.
The fee for obtaining a marriage license
is $57.00, payable in cash. Seventeen dollars of each marriage
license fee is deposited in a special fund to provide assistance
to shelters for victims of domestic violence.
Who May Apply?
Males 18 years of age and females at
16 years, and not nearer of kin than second cousins may apply
for a license. Female applicants 16 or 17 years of age must have
the consent of their parents, surviving parent, guardian, or
person or agency awarded permanent custody. Males under 18 years
and females under 16 years must have the consent of the Juvenile
Court. Other exceptions to parental consent may apply in certain
The prospective married couple is required to appear together when applying for the license.
One or both of the applicants must be a resident of Lorain County in order to obtain a license from
the Lorain County Probate Court. However, applicants from out
of state may apply in Lorain County if the marriage ceremony
is performed in Lorain County.
Once a license is issued, it is effective
for a period of 60 days. After 60 days, the license is considered
expired and the couple must reapply for a new license and pay
a $57.00 filing fee.
If either applicant has been married before, they must
bring all prior divorce information including a certified copy of the final decree of all divorces.
Blood testing is no longer required.
Social Security numbers for each person are required.