Marriage Department is responsible for issuing Marriage Licenses. Pursuant to applicable Louisiana statutes, applicants for Marriage Licenses must provide:
- $34.50 (CASH) is the total package price for a marriage license. This includes: the marriage license ($27.50), photocopying the birth documents ($1.00), and the certified legal copy of the marriage license ($6.00).
- A certified copy of their birth certificate or birth card. Foreign documents require a certified English translation. Louisiana birth certificates or birth cards are available in our office. See link to the right for more information.
- In addition, a photocopy of the birth certificate/card must be retained by the Clerk of Court. You may provide us with a copy. If one is not provided by the couple, the Marriage Clerk will copy each record at a $1.00 fee.
- Social Security numbers must be provided by law. If no social security number has been issued to an applicant, they must appear in person and sign an affidavit to that effect.
- Only one party is required to come in to purchase the marriage license, provided they present all documentation for both parties.
- If either party was previously married, you must show proof of how the
marriage ended. This will be either a divorce judgment or death certificate.
These documents must be certified.
purchase a marriage license without parental or court intervention you must be
of majority age, which is 18 years old. If either party to the marriage is 16
or 17 years of age, the signatures
of both parents are required along with their identification. If either party is under the age of 16,
court order signed by a Judge is required, along with the signatures
of both parents and their identification.
- A license
generally must be purchased at least 72 hours in advance of the ceremony.
- An unused marriage
license expires 30 days from the date of issue.
- Blood tests are no longer required to purchase a marriage license.
- A Louisiana marriage license is valid only for ceremonies performed in the state of Louisiana.
Covenant Marriage Act
Contracting a Covenant Marriage
couple who chooses to enter into a Covenant Marriage agrees to be bound by two serious
limitations on obtaining a divorce or separation. These limitations do not apply to other
couples married in Louisiana:
couple legally agrees to seek marital counseling if problems develop during the marriage;
couple can only seek a divorce or legal separation for limited reasons, as explained
DECLARATION OF INTENT
to enter into a Covenant Marriage, the couple must sign a recitation that provides:
marriage is an agreement to live together as husband and wife forever;
parties have chosen each other carefully and disclosed to each other "everything
which could adversely affect" the decision to marry;
parties have received premarital counseling;
commitment that if the parties experience marital difficulties they commit to take all
reasonable efforts to preserve their marriage, including marital counseling; and
couple must also obtain premarital counseling from a priest, minister, rabbi or similar
clergyman of any religious sect, or a professional marriage counselor.
discussing the meaning of a Covenant Marriage with the counselor, the couple must also
sign, together with an attestation by the counselor, a notarized affidavit to the effect
that the counselor has discussed with them:
seriousness of a Covenant Marriage;
- That the
commitment to the marriage is for life;
obligation of the couple to seek marital counseling if problems arise in their marriage;
- That they
have received the informational pamphlet published by the Attorney General entitled
"Covenant Marriage Act."
documents which comprise the Declaration of Intent - the recitation and the affidavit with
attestation - must be presented to the official who issues the marriage license with the
couple's application for a marriage license.
LEGAL SEPARATION IN A COVENANT MARRIAGE
to obtain a legal separation (which is not a divorce and therefore does not end the
marriage), a spouse to a Covenant Marriage must first obtain counseling and then must
by the other spouse;
of a felony by the other spouse and a sentence of imprisonment at hard labor or death;
by the other spouse for one year;
or sexual abuse of the spouse or of a child