HOW TO APPLY FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE IN LOUISIANA
Effective January 1, 2016
MARRIAGE LICENSE COST $27.50 - CASH OR CHECK
APPROXIMATE APPLICATION TIME IS 30 MINUTES
All of the following must be provided:
-Both applicants must apply.
-Application for Marriage License forms are available on our website, can be picked up at our office or completed in person at our office.
-Applications must be signed before a Deputy Clerk, Notary Public or Vital Records Registrar.
-Members of the US armed forces shall not be required to execute the application if a copy of the military ID card of the absent member is provided.
-In extenuating circumstances, the Judge/JP may issue an order directing the Clerk to issue the license with the signature of only one applicant.
-The number of former marriages for each party and whether divorced or not.
Proof of Termination of Prior Marriage
-If either party was married before, we need a certified copy of the Divorce Judgment/Decree showing the date of divorce. If marriage ended by death, provide a copy of the death certificate.
Social Security #
-Each party’s social security number.
-If party is not a US Citizen or lawful resident, this party must submit a valid and unexpired passport from his country of birth or an unexpired visa and U.S. Form I-94.
-A certified copy of the birth certificate under seal of the state or US territory.
-An applicant born outside the US or territory of the US, must submit a copy of their birth certificate under raised seal or stamp by their proper registration authority.
-If the birth certificate is not in English, in addition, a translated copy which contains a sworn declaration by the translator that he is fluent in the language of birth and of the translation and the translation is true and accurate.
-Also, a valid and unexpired passport or an unexpired visa with a US Form I-94.
-Record of no birth:
-If no birth record exists, a letter by the proper registration authority of the state, territory or country of birth, under raised seal or stamp must be submitted. The letter must state a thorough search was made and no birth record was located. The letter and proof of birth facts must be submitted to the Judge.
-The Judge/JP may waive the birth certificate (if no record) of an applicant born in any state or territory of the US.
-A valid and unexpired driver’s license, government issued ID or valid and unexpired passport from the country of birth or an unexpired visa accompanied by Form I-94. (Originals)
-Addresses for mailing for the both parties and Parish of residence.
-The highest grade of education completed for each party must be stated.
-The Marriage License expires 30 days from date of issuance. The ceremony must be performed before the expiration date. (LRS 9:235)
-The couple must wait 72 hours from the time/date of issuance before they wed, unless they obtain a waiver of the 72-hour waiting period from our District Judge or Justice of the Peace. The waiver must be obtained before the ceremony and must be attached to the marriage license and filed with the Clerk. (LRS 9:242)
-A Minister of the Gospel, Judge or Justice of the Peace may perform the ceremony. A license to marry issued in Louisiana, must be used within the territorial limits of the State of Louisiana. Two witnesses of full age must also sign the Certificates. (LRS 9:244)
-No blood tests are required for Marriage License in Louisiana.
Consanguineous or Adoptive Relationship
-Civil Code Article 90 prohibits marriage within the 4th collateral degree.
You must not be related by blood or adoption.
PLEASE CONTACT THE CLERK OF COURT OFFICE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
OFFICE HOURS: MONDAY-FRIDAY, 8:00 AM TO 4:30 PM