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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of July 12, 2023

How do I register my protection order in Ohio?

There is no fee for registration, and you may register your protection order in as many Ohio counties as you wish.1   To register your protection order in Ohio, you will need to:

  • get a certified copy of the order from the clerk of the court that issued your order; and
  • present your certified copy to the clerk of the county or municipal court or court of common pleas where you want to register your protection order.  The clerk will place a mark on the certified copy proving that your order has been registered and give you a copy bearing that mark.2 

See the Ohio Courthouse Locations page to find contact information for courthouses in Ohio.  It’s a good idea to bring your photo identification with you when you get your certified copy or register your protection order.

If you need help registering your protection order, you can contact a local domestic violence organization in Ohio for assistance. You can find contact information for organizations in your area here on our Ohio Advocates and Shelters page.

1 Ohio Rev. Code § 3113.31(J),(N)(1)
2 Ohio Rev. Code §§ 2919.272, 3113.31(N)(2)