If you're getting married in the state of Louisiana you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…

Cost of Your License

How much does a marriage license cost?

The marriage license fee is roughly $25.00 dollars, although fees may vary from county to county. Accepted forms of payment are cash.

Residency Requirement

Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?

There are none. You do not have to be a previous or current resident of Louisiana to obtain a marriage license that will be valid statewide.

Waiting Period

After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?

There is no waiting period. You will receive your marriage license immediately after you submit your application.

Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?

Yes, after you receive your license, there is still a mandatory 3 day waiting period before you can actually get married. The waiting period can be waived by a judge.

License Expiration

How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 30 days from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

Unfortunately, you'll just have to get a brand new one as your expired one will no longer be recognized as valid by the state nor by the person who will be responsible for officiating your marriage.

Age Requirement

How old must I be to get married?

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parents or legal guardians must be present. If a parent can not be present, due to death, separation, divorce or other circumstances, proper evidence must be presented for verification. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 16 you can not marry without a court order.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If you were previously married, the date of your divorce or the date of your spouse's death must be provided. Bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. If necessary, a copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered from your local vital records office and mailed to you.

Marriage Name Change

How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?

When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for Louisiana or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.

Proxy Marriage

What is a proxy marriage?

A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."

Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?

No, getting married by proxy is not allowed in Louisiana. There are actually only five states left that do allow marriage by proxy.

Common Law Marriage

What is a common law marriage?

The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual Louisiana marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

No, common-law marriages are not allowed in Louisiana. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

No, cousin marriages are not allowed.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed or legally recognized in Louisiana.

Where to Go

Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?

Louisiana has 63 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.

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
De Soto 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
Pnte-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 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 Carroll Parish 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