Louisiana Marriage License Requirements

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Below is the information on what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the marriage laws before filling out the marriage license forms.

In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document that allows you to officially be married under the law. Always check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

Licenses are usually not valid for more than 30 days so you'll typically need to apply for your marriage license within one month of your wedding ceremony. You need to submit your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents.

When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.

IMPORTANT: You are not officially married when you receive a marriage license. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your officiant your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license. If application is mailed or faxed in, it must be witnessed by a Notary Public.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Louisiana.

Waiting Period: 3 days.

If Divorced: If divorced within the last 60 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree is needed.

Fees: Cash Only! $25

Other Tests: No tests

Under 18: Need certified copy of birth certificate, both parents must be present with identification, or if you have a legal guardian they must be present with a court order and identification.

Officiants: The minister, priest or rabbi of any church or congregation in the state may perform marriages. Ministers must provide marriage certificates to the couple married and report the marriage to the Marriage Commissioner.

Valid: License is valid for 90 days anywhere in Louisiana.
The license can only be used within the State of Louisiana.


IMPORTANT: State and county marriage license requirements can change so make sure you check with your local town clerk. This 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 county clerk before making any plans.

Acadia Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 922 Crowley, LA 70527 318-788-8881
Allen Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 248 Oberlin, LA 70655 318-639-4351
Ascension Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 192 Donaldsonville, LA 70346 225-473-9866
Assumption Parish Clerk of The Court 4809 Highway 1 Napoleonville, LA 70390 504-369-6653
Avoyelles Parish Clerk P.O. Box 196 Marksville, LA 71351 318-253-7523
Beauregard Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 100 De Ridder, LA 70634 318-463-8595
Bienville Parish Clerk of Court 601 Locust St, Rm#100 Arcadia, LA 71001 318-263-2123
Bossier Parish P.O. Box 369 Benton, LA 71006 318-965-2336
Caddo Parish Clerk of Court 501 Texas St, Room 103 Shreveport, LA 71101 318-226-6780
Calcasieu Parish Clerk of Court 1000 Ryan St Lake Charles, LA 70601 318-437-3550
Caldwell Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 1327 Columbia, LA 71418 318-649-2272
Catahoula Parish Clerk of Court Courthouse Square Harrisonburg, LA 71340 318-744-5497
Claiborne Parish Clerk of Court 512 E Main Homer, LA 71040 318-927-9601
Concordia Parish Clerk of Court 4001 Carter St, # 5 Vidalia, LA 71373 318-757-8638
DeSoto Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 1206 Manfield, LA 71052 318-872-3110
East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court 222 St Louis Baton Rouge, LA 70821 225-389-5647
East Carroll Parish Clerk of Court 400 1st St Lake Providence, LA 71254 318-559-2399
East Felicianna Parish 12220 St Helena St Clinton, LA 70722 225-634-5623
Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Drawer 347 Ville Platte, LA 70586 318-363-5671
Franklin Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 431 Winnsboro, LA 71295 318-435-5133
Grant Parish Clerk of Court 200 Main St Colfax, LA 71417 318-627-3246
Iberia Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box Drawer 12010 New Iberia, LA 70560 318-365-7282
Iberville Parish Clerk-Court 600 Meriam Plaquemine, LA 70764 225-687-5160
Jackson Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 737 Jonesboro, LA 71251 318-259-2424
Jefferson Davis Parish Clerk of Court 300 State Jennings, LA 70546 318-824-1160
Jefferson Parish Clerk 2nd & Derbigny, 3rd Fl Gretna, LA 70053 504-364-2900
La Salle Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 1372 Jena, LA 71342 318-992-2158
Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court 800 Buchanan St Lafayette, LA 70502 318-233-0150
Lafourche Parish Clerk of Court 309 West 3rd St Thibodaux, LA 70301 504-447-4841
Lincoln Parish Clerk P.O. Box 924 Ruston, LA 71273 318-251-5130
Livingston Parish Clerk of Court 20180 Iowa St Livingston, LA 70754 504-686-2216
Madison Parish Clerk of Court 100 N Cedar Tallulah, LA 71282 318-574-0655
Morehouse Parish Clerk of Court 124 S. Franklin Bastrop, LA 71220 318-281-3343
Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court 200 Church St Natchitoches, LA 71457 318-352-8152
Orleans Parish Civil District Courthouse Room B-1 421 Loyola Ave New Orleans, LA 70112 504-568-5182
Ouachita Parish Clerk of Court 300 St Johns Monroe, LA 71201 318-323-8441
Plaquemines Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 129 Pointe a la Hache, LA 70082 504-333-4343
Pointe Coupee Parish 201 E Main St New Road, LA 70760 504-638-9596
Rapides Parish Clerk Murray St 700 Block Alexandria, LA 71309 318-473-8153
Red River Parish Clerk of The Court P.O. Box 485 Coushatta, LA 71019 318-932-6741
Richland Parish Clerk of Court 708 Julia St, # 103 Rayville, LA 71269 318-728-4171
Sabine Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 419 Many, LA 71449 318-256-6223
St Bernard Parish Clerk of Court 1100 W St Bernard Hwy Chalmette, LA 70044 504-271-3434
St Charles Parish P.O. Box 424 Hahnville, LA 70057 504-783-6632
St Helena Parish Clerk of Court Highway 10 Greenburg, LA 70441 504-222-4514
St James Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 63 Convent, LA 70723 504-562-7496
St John the Baptist Parish Clerk of Court East 3rd & River Road Edgard, LA 70049 504-651-6955
St Martin Parish Clerk P.O. Box 308 St Martinville, LA 70582 318-394-2210
St Mary Parish Clerk of Court 500 Main St Franklin, LA 70538 318-828-4100
St Tammany Parish Clerk P.O. Box 1090 Covington, LA 70434 504-646-4120
Tanggipahoa Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 667 Amite, LA 70422 504-748-4146
Tanggipahoa Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 667 Amite, LA 70422 504-748-4146
Tensas Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 78 Courthouse Square St Joseph, LA 71366 318-766-3921
Terrebonne Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 1569 Houma, LA 70361 504-868-5660
Union Parish Clerk of Court Main St Farmerville, LA 71241 318-368-3055
Vermilion Parish Clerk Courthouse 5. State St Abbeville, LA 70511 318-898-1992
Vernon Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 40 Leesville, LA 71446 318-238-1384
Washington Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 607 Franklinton, LA 70438 504-839-4663
Webster Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 370 Minden, LA 71058 318-371-0366
West Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 107 Port Allen, LA 70767 504-383-0378
West CarrollParish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 1078 Oak Grove, LA 71263 318-428-3281
West Feliciana Parish Clerk of Court P.O. Box 1843 St Francisville, LA 70775 504-635-3794
Winn Parish Court of Clerk 100 Main St Winnfield, LA 71483 318-628-3515