This search tool allows users to search and retrieve data maintained in the Secretary of State's minister license database. The database is a collection of minister records submitted to, and approved by the Ohio Secretary of State, for Ministers to Solemnize Marriages in the State of Ohio. These fililngs are recorded and maintained in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code.
Searches for approved filings are available for on-line viewing. For comments and questions regarding the minister licensing call toll free at 1-877-767-6446, 614-728-9200 or by sending an e-mail request to
to the attention of Marty Bard, License Administrator. Any minister who notices that his or her information on this website is incorrect is requested to notify this office of the error by e-mail at RECORD@SOS.STATE.OH.US.
Prior to June 1976, ministers registered for the License to Solemnize Marriages in Ohio through their local County Probate Courts. In June 1976, the County Probate Courts sent 50 years of records to the Secretary of State's Office and are currently maintained in this office. Those records, however, are not included in the minister query. Subsequent filings are submitted to keep this information current. These filings are issues recorded and maintained in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code R.C. 3101.10-12.
Data provided in searches are for informational purposes only. Any certification of authenticity of this information must be provided by the office of the Ohio Secretary of State. The data provided in minister database searches is only for those filings that have been submitted and approved by the office of the Ohio Secreatry of State giving ministers the authority to Solemnize Marriages in Ohio.
These inquiries do NOT search on filings that are currently being processed.