You may apply in person for a marriage license Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except legal holidays) by visiting the Sandusky County Probate Court at 100 N. Park Ave., Fremont, OH 43420. If you are applying in person both applicants must be present and have the proper documentation listed below.
You can apply online any time; but in order to complete the online application process, both applicants must be present during regular business hours. Upon completing the online application you will be given an identification number in which you must take to the Court along with the proper documentation listed below.
One applicant must be a resident of Sandusky County (if neither is a resident of Ohio, application must be made in the county where the marriage is to be performed).
A photo ID is required (i.e. driver’s license, passport, student ID). If you don’t have a photo ID or it has expired you can provide a birth certificate (does not need to be certified).
If either party has been previously married they must produce a file stamped, certified copy of the final divorce or dissolution decree for the most current divorce (i.e. if you are divorced 2 times, once in 2015 and once in 2016, you will need the final decree from 2016.) Widows or Widowers will need to provide the date of death of their former spouse.
The cost of the marriage license is $57.00, if you pay by cash or check. If you pay by credit card there is a $3.00 processing fee added to the cost of the license totaling $60.00. Payment is due upon receipt of the license and must be paid in person.
Once issued the marriage license is only valid for 60 days (if not used within the 60 day time frame the license will be void and the parties will have to reapply). Once the marriage license is issued it can be used anywhere in the State of Ohio.
The marriage license is issued on the date the application is made if everything is in order. If not, the parties may still apply, but the license will not be issued until the missing information is provided. You have 30 days from the date of application to bring in the necessary information.
The person performing the marriage ceremony must be licensed with the State of Ohio (this information can be checked on the Secretary of State website under Licensed Ministers.) Judges and Mayors can perform ceremonies and don’t need to be listed on the State of Ohio’s website. Mayors may only perform marriages within the municipality in which they are the Mayor (i.e. the Mayor of Fremont can only perform marriages in the City of Fremont).