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Marriage License Application Process

A marriage license may be issued in any parish, regardless of where the ceremony is to be performed or where the parties reside (RS 9:222).



FEES:   $35.00 IN Cash, Check, Money order or Credit / Debit with 4% fee.

APPLICATION FORM INFORMATION REQUIRED - (RS 9:224)


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Must contain all information required on form (see application form – RS 9:223)

Each parties’ social security number or one of the following if not a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S.:

  • Valid and unexpired passport from the country of birth.

  • Unexpired visa with Form I-94 as issued by the U.S.Must be signed in one of the following manners:

  1. Both parties before a notary or deputy clerk;

  2. One party before a notary and one party before a deputy clerk;

  3. Waiver signed by judge or justice of the peace (they must be in the territorial jurisdiction of the court) valid only for the absent party;

  4. Military exception – individual appearing attaches a copy of the other’s military ID; only appearing party needs to sign application.   

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED - (RS 9:225)

  • BIRTH CERTIFICATE (RS 9:226)

  • If born in Louisiana:

  1. Certified copy of each party’s birth certificate (short form acceptable) - Click here for information on obtaining a Louisiana Birth Certificate, or

  2. Order waiving birth certificate(s) WITH letter from proper registration authority that a thorough search was made and no birth record was located (RS 9:227 & 228).


  • If born outside of Louisiana but in a U.S. state or territory, (American Samoa, Guam, N Marianas Islands, Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands):

  1. Certified copy of each party’s birth certificate (short form not allowed), or

  2. Order waiving birth certificate(s) WITH letter from proper registration authority that a thorough search was made and no birth record was located (RS 9:227 & 228).


  • If born outside U.S. or its territories:

  1. Certified copy of party’s birth certificate and a valid and unexpired passport, or

  2. Certified copy of party’s birth certificate and unexpired visa accompanied by Form I-94 as issued by the U.S.

  3. Order waiving birth certificate(s) WITH letter from proper registration authority that a thorough search was made and no birth record was located (RS 9:227 & 228).


  • Certified translation of birth certificate if certificate is in a language other than English:

  1. Must include sworn declaration of translator.


  • IDENTIFICATION:

  1. Valid and unexpired driver’s license, or

  2. A government issued identification card, or

  3. A valid and unexpired passport from the country of his birth, or

  4. An unexpired visa accompanied by Form I-94 as issued by the U.S.

  5. Written consent or court’s authorization for minor(s) to marry (if applicable)

  6. Covenant Marriage Declaration (if applicable)


  • WAIVERS, if Applicable:

  1. 24-Hour Waiver, no change to process; (R. S. 9:242)

  2. Birth Certificate Waiver as described above; (R.S. 9:227 & 228)

  3. Waiver of Notarized Application as described above (9:224)


  • Copy of Judgment of Divorce or Date of Death if applicable.

Click here for Louisiana Laws on Community Property and Covenant Marriage



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