Louisiana Marriage License Requirements

If you're getting married in the state of Louisiana you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state parish clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the parish 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 parish to parish. 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?

Yes, same-sex marriages are allowed and 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
Allen Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 248
Oberlin, LA 70655
Ascension Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 192
Donaldsonville, LA 70346
Assumption Parish Clerk Of The Court
4809 Highway 1
Napoleonville, LA 70390
Avoyelles Parish Clerk
P.O. Box 196
Marksville, LA 71351
Beauregard Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 100
De Ridder, LA 70634
Bienville Parish Clerk Of Court
601 Locust St, Rm#100
Arcadia, LA 71001
Bossier Parish
P.O. Box 369
Benton, LA 71006
Caddo Parish Clerk Of Court
501 Texas St, Room 103
Shreveport, LA 71101
Calcasieu Parish Clerk Of Court
1000 Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Caldwell Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 1327
Columbia, LA 71418
Catahoula Parish Clerk Of Court
Courthouse Square
Harrisonburg, LA 71340
Claiborne Parish Clerk Of Court
512 E Main
Homer, LA 71040
Concordia Parish Clerk Of Court
4001 Carter St, # 5
Vidalia, LA 71373
DeSoto Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 1206
Manfield, LA 71052
East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk Of Court
222 St Louis
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
East Carroll Parish Clerk Of Court
400 1st St
Lake Providence, LA 71254
East Felicianna Parish
12220 St Helena St
Clinton, LA 70722
Evangeline Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Drawer 347
Ville Platte, LA 70586
Franklin Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 431
Winnsboro, LA 71295
Grant Parish Clerk Of Court
200 Main St
Colfax, LA 71417
Iberia Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box Drawer 12010
New Iberia, LA 70560
Iberville Parish Clerk-Court
600 Meriam
Plaquemine, LA 70764
Jackson Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 737
Jonesboro, LA 71251
Jefferson Davis Parish Clerk Of Court
300 State
Jennings, LA 70546
Jefferson Parish Clerk
2nd & Derbigny, 3rd Fl
Gretna, LA 70053
La Salle Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 1372
Jena, LA 71342
Lafayette Parish Clerk Of Court
800 Buchanan St
Lafayette, LA 70502
Lafourche Parish Clerk Of Court
309 West 3rd St
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Lincoln Parish Clerk
P.O. Box 924
Ruston, LA 71273
Livingston Parish Clerk Of Court
20180 Iowa St
Livingston, LA 70754
Madison Parish Clerk Of Court
100 N Cedar
Tallulah, LA 71282
Morehouse Parish Clerk Of Court
124 S. Franklin
Bastrop, LA 71220
Natchitoches Parish Clerk Of Court
200 Church St
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Orleans Parish Civil District<BR>Courthouse Room B-1
421 Loyola Ave
New Orleans, LA 70112
Ouachita Parish Clerk Of Court
300 St Johns
Monroe, LA 71201
Plaquemines Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 129
Pointe a la Hache, LA 70082
Pointe Coupee Parish
201 E Main St
New Road, LA 70760
Rapides Parish Clerk
Murray St 700 Block
Alexandria, LA 71309
Red River Parish Clerk Of The Court
P.O. Box 485
Coushatta, LA 71019
Richland Parish Clerk Of Court
708 Julia St, # 103
Rayville, LA 71269
Sabine Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 419
Many, LA 71449
St Bernard Parish Clerk Of Court
1100 W St Bernard Hwy
Chalmette, LA 70044
St Charles Parish
P.O. Box 424
Hahnville, LA 70057
St Helena Parish Clerk Of Court
Highway 10
Greenburg, LA 70441
St James Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 63
Convent, LA 70723
St John the Baptist Parish Clerk Of Court
East 3rd & River Road
Edgard, LA 70049
St Martin Parish Clerk
P.O. Box 308
St Martinville, LA 70582
St Mary Parish Clerk Of Court
500 Main St
Franklin, LA 70538
St Tammany Parish Clerk
P.O. Box 1090
Covington, LA 70434
Tanggipahoa Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 667
Amite, LA 70422
Tanggipahoa Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 667
Amite, LA 70422
Tensas Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 78<BR>Courthouse Square
St Joseph, LA 71366
Terrebonne Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 1569
Houma, LA 70361
Union Parish Clerk Of Court
Main St
Farmerville, LA 71241
Vermilion Parish Clerk
Courthouse 5. State St
Abbeville, LA 70511
Vernon Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 40
Leesville, LA 71446
Washington Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 607
Franklinton, LA 70438
Webster Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 370
Minden, LA 71058
West Baton Rouge Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 107
Port Allen, LA 70767
West Carroll Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 1078
Oak Grove, LA 71263
West Feliciana Parish Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 1843
St Francisville, LA 70775
Winn Parish Court of Clerk
100 Main St
Winnfield, LA 71483