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    Marriage License

    Click here for Online Marriage License Registration

    Click here for location and hours of operation

    The Marriage License Bureau is located on the Second floor of the Montgomery County Courts Building, 41 N. Perry St., Dayton, OH 45402.  Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Monday thru Friday.  Plan to arrive by 4 p.m. as the marriage license application process takes time.     

    The marriage license grants you the permission to marry.  The license is only valid for
    60 days from the date of issuance.  A lost or damaged marriage license can not be replaced.

    Checklist for those individuals seeking a marriage license for the first time.

    -Each party must bring a valid picture I.D. 

    • Any of the following are acceptable means of a picture I.D.
      • A valid driver's license
      • A state ID.
      • Immigration and Naturalization Service (I.N.S.) Visa.
    • All social security numbers are for identification purposes only and are held in confidence.  It is not necessary to bring your social security card if you know your social security number.
    • No birth certificates are required.

    -Both parties of the marriage must apply together in person. 

    • If either or both parties are physically incapacitated, their physician must complete an affidavit stating the physical disability, and this affidavit shall be filed with the application for the marriage license.

    -At least one party member must be a resident of Montgomery County.

    • If the applicant's address on the I.D. does not reflect that they live in Montgomery County, they need to bring proof that they actually do reside in the county.  Acceptable forms of proof are a utility bill, lease, pay stub, auto registration, etc.
    • The Court will also issue the license if neither of the applicants is a resident of the State of Ohio, but the marriage ceremony must take place in Montgomery County.

    -The minimum age for applying for a marriage license in Ohio without parental consent is eighteen (18) years of age.

    -Bring $55.00


    • Cash
    • Money Order
    • Cashier's Check
    • American Express, Discover, Mastercard credit and Debit cards, plus a convenience fee of $1.80. 

    A checklist for those individuals previously married anywhere in the United States or any other location in the world:

    -Must meet all above requirements for first time marriage license AND one of the following:

    -If divorced, bring a CERTIFIED COPY of the most recent divorce decree.

    A certified copy is: "A photocopy of a document, judgment, or record that is signed and attested to as an accurate and a complete reproduction of the original document by a public official in whose custody the original has been placed for safekeeping."

    • A copy of the decree is not acceptable unless it is a certified copy.
    • A photocopy of a certified copy is not acceptable
    • For more information, contact the clerk of courts where you obtained your divorce decree.  For Montgomery County, the number to the Domestic Relations Court is (937) 225-7590

    - If previous marriage ended in the death of a spouse, bring a CERTIFIED COPY of the death certificate with you to the courthouse. 

    • If the death occurred in Montgomery County, the death certificate can be obtained from the Department of Vital Statistics of Montgomery at (937) 496-3117.
    • A certified copy is a photocopy of a document, judgment, or record that is signed and attested to as an accurate and a complete reproduction of the original document by a public official in whose custody the original has been placed for safekeeping.
    • A copy of the death certificate is not acceptable unless it is a certified copy.
    • A photocopy of a certified death certificate is not acceptable


    • A minister or priest licensed by the Secretary of State.  Check to see if your minister is licensed. 
    • An elected official who is authorized to perform a marriage ceremony.  List of officials.

    The person performing the marriage ceremony must return the certificate of verification to the court within thirty (30) days of performing the ceremony to verify that the service was performed. 

    To confirm that the person who performed your marriage ceremony returned the verification you can check our website www.mcohio.org/probate , then click on Case Search, then click on marriage license to verify if the person who performed your marriage ceremony has completed your marriage record.

    • The Probate Court will not notify you if the certificate is not returned within thirty (30) days.

    Ministers interested in obtaining a license to solemnize marriages:
    Click here


     Certified Copies

    Certified copies of marriage records are $2.00 each, cash or money order only.  If requesting a copy of a marriage record by mail, please include the name of the bride (including maiden name),name of the groom and the date of marriage, a self-addressed, stamped return envelope along with a certified check or money order or cash for $2.00 for each copy requested. Mail request to Montgomery County Marriage License Bureau, 41 N. Perry St., 2nd Floor, Dayton, OH 45422-2155.

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    Attention: New & Revised Probate Forms have been posted on the Probate Webpage.

    Attorneys, please note that Form 14.0, Application to Approve  Settlement  and Distribution of Wrongful Death and Survival Claims has been amended effective January 1, 2015.  The amended forms may be found on this website and at the Court.
    The Court is accepting the amended form only

    for 2015 and 2016:

    September 7, 2015 for Labor Day

    October 12, 2015  Columbus Day

    November 11, 2015  Veteran's Day

    November 26, 2015  Thanksgiving Day

    November 27, 2015 Day after Thanksgiving Day

    December 11, 2015 Court closes at 11:15 a.m. for Staff Develpment

    December 25, 2015 Christmas Day 

    Calendar closings for 2016:

    January 1, 2016 New Year's Day

    January 18, 2016 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    February 15, 2016 for Presidents' Day

    May 30, 2016  Memorial Day

    July 4, 2016 Independence Day

    September 5, 2016 Labor Day

    October 10, 2016 Columbus Day

    November 11, 2016 Veteran's Day

    November 24, 2016 Thanksgiving Day

    November 25, 2016 day after Thanksgiving Day

    December 26, 2016 Christmas Day




    Montgomery County Probate Court is proud to announce that Judge Alice O. McCollum is participating in the National Adoption Day on Thursday, November 20, 2014.
    This local celebration is part of the nationwide effort to call attention to the thousands of foster children waiting for adoption and to celebrate all the families that do adopt.

    To see pictures of the Adoption proceedings go to the Adoption link in the left hand column.