Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Louisiana marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your wedding date.
Congratulations and much happiness as you begin your lifetime journey together!
ID Requirement in Louisiana:Louisiana requires that you provide a picture ID such as a driver's license along with a certified copy of your birth certificates. You should know your Social Security numbers.
You should both also know your parent's full name, mother's maiden name, and the states in which you were born.
Residency Requirement:You do not have to be a resident of Louisiana.
Louisiana Covenant Marriage Option:
Covenant Marriage Law Text
Waiting Period in Louisiana:
Out-of-state couples can get married in New Orleans without the 72-hour wait required for locals. 2003 Press Release from Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Fees in Louisiana:
Common Law Marriages:
Same Sex Marriages:No. On September 18, 2004, by a large margin, the voters of Louisiana approved a state constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriages and civil unions.
Under 18:If either party to the marriage is between the ages of 16 and 18, the presence and signatures of both parents are required. If a parent has legal custody in a divorce, a certified copy of the judgement must be presented. If either party is under the age of 16, a court order is required in order to obtain a license.
Officiants in Louisiana:Any ordained or licensed clergymen who have registered with the clerk of the district court of the parish or with the health department if in New Orleans, and justices of the peace.
Miscellaneous:License is good for 30 days anywhere in Louisiana. Louisiana has passed a Covenant Marriage Act.
P.O. Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160
fax: (504) 568-5391
PLEASE NOTE:State and parish marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.
It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or parish clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.
Please notify us of any oversights or errors.