Obtaining a marriage license in louisiana

In order to apply for a marriage license, both parties must be present and present all required documents.

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If a party is absent, the application will only be accepted if their signature on the application has been separately notarized. Contact us if you require any assistance.

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From State office only. Applicants must also present a valid passport or a visa with attached I form.

An Application to obtain an Orleans Parish Marriage License is available and may be completed by the parties prior to applying in person. We also offer expedited marriage licenses with minimum documentation.

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Please call for more information. If both parties reside outside of Louisiana and the services will occur in Orleans parish AND be performed by a registered Orleans officiant, that officiant can waive this waiting period.


The waiver must be attached to the completed marriage certificate when it is returned to Vital Records. Applications for marriage licenses should be filed with Clerk of Court of any parish in the state.

Do I need to apply for a marriage license if I am getting married in Louisiana?

The license is good throughout Louisiana so you do not need to apply in the parish where the wedding will actually take place. The license will be issued after you submit a completed application form, provide the necessary documents for both parties, and pay the applicable fees.

In Louisiana, state law requires that you and your fiance both submit a certified copy of your birth certificates. A certified copy is one issued by the state and it must have a raised seal in order to be accepted.

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A certified copy of the untranslated birth certificate must also be submitted with the translation. If either party was previously married and the marriage ended through divorce or death of the former spouse, then you must also submit certified copies of the final divorce decree or death certificate as well.

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No other translations will be accepted. Once you file your application and the license is issued, there is a 72 hour waiting period before you and your fiance can actually marry.

This means that you should apply for the license at least three days before the scheduled ceremony. Also, the license is only good for 30 days after it is issued, and this includes the three day waiting period. If you do not use it in that time, you will need to reapply for a new license and pay the license fee again.