How to apply for a marriage license in Louisiana
A marriage license costs $32.50 Cash or check this will provide you with 2 original copies (one to be returned and one to be retained for your records) . Approximate Application time is 15-20 minutes
Effective through January 1, 2015
Reinstated after 08/08/2017
ruling in Vo v. Gee, U.S.D.C. Eastern District of LA, No. 16-15639
PART III. APPLICATION FOR MARRIAGE LICENSE SUBPART A. IN GENERAL
An application for a marriage license must include:
(1) The date and hour of the application.
(2) The full name, residence, race, and age of each party.
(3) The names of the parents of each party.
(4) The number of former marriages of each party, and whether divorced or not.
(5) The relationship of each party to the other.
(6) Each party’s social security number or a statement by the applicable party that no social security number has been issued to him. The state registrar of vital records and the officiant shall maintain confidentiality of social security numbers. Notwithstanding the provisions of R.S. 44:1 et seq. the clerk of court shall maintain the confidentiality of a party’s social security number in an application for a marriage license provided a request is made to the clerk in writing by the party at the time of application.
The applicant must verify the information to the issuing official by affidavit.
C. In cases wherein the parties intend to contract a covenant marriage, the application for a marriage license must also include the following statement completed by at least one of the two parties: “We, [name of intended husband] and [name of intended wife], do hereby declare our intent to contract a Covenant Marriage and, accordingly, have executed a declaration of intent attached hereto.”
D. Upon request, the state registrar shall provide the information required in this Section to the agency charged with implementing a program of family support in accordance with R.S. 46:236.1.1 et seq., which shall maintain the confidentiality of the information.
E. The failure of the application to contain the signatures of both parties shall not affect the validity of the covenant marriage if the declaration of intent and accompanying affidavit have been signed by the parties.
An application for a marriage license shall be accompanied by:
(1) A certified copy of each party’s birth certificate.
(2) The written consent for a minor to marry, or the court’s authorization for the minor to marry or both, as required by Chapter 6 of Title XV of the Children’s Code.
(3) If applicable, the declaration of intent for a covenant marriage, as provided in Part VII of this Chapter. B. It shall be unlawful for any officer authorized to issue a marriage license in this state to issue a license to any male or female unless both parties first present and file with the officer a certified copy of their original birth certificate. A photostatic or photographic reproduction of the certified copy of the birth certificate shall be filed with the officer.
SUBPART B. BIRTH CERTIFICATE
Certified copy of birth certificate; translation to English A.
A person born in Louisiana may submit a certified copy of his birth certificate. A short-form birth certification card shall be acceptable as a certified copy of a birth certificate. B. A person born outside of Louisiana may submit a copy of his birth certificate under the raised seal or stamp of the vital statistics registration authority of his place of birth. C. A certified copy of the birth certificate or letter issued in lieu thereof shall be retained by the official recorder of the marriage for a minimum period of sixty days.
Certified copy unavailable; other proof
A. If no birth certificate is on file for an applicant, a letter signed by the proper registration authority under his raised seal or stamp, shall be submitted in lieu of a birth certificate. The letter must state that a thorough search was made and that no birth record was located for the applicant. B. The officer issuing the marriage license may demand other proof of birth facts.
Same; court order waiving
In the event of extenuating circumstances, and after finding that the parties have complied with all other requirements, a judge of the Orleans Parish City Court, a family court judge, a juvenile court judge, or any district court judge of a parish may order an issuing official within the territorial jurisdiction of his court to issue a marriage license without the applicant submitting a birth certificate. In the event of extenuating circumstances, and after finding that the parties have complied with all other requirements, a justice of the peace or city court judge may order an issuing official within the parish where his court is situated to issue a marriage license without the applicant submitting a birth certificate. The order need not state the reasons.
Ministers are required to register with the Clerk of Court according to Act 229 of 1952.
COVENANT MARRIAGE LICENSE FORMS
Please contact the Clerk of Court office if you have any questions or need additional information. 318-368-3055
OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM