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How Much a Marriage License Cost?

Louisiana requires a couple to obtain a marriage license in order to have a legally binding wedding ceremony. Some states require a medical examination or blood tests in order to obtain a license. All require proof of identification and a license application fee.

It will cost you $25+ for a marriage license application in New Orleans. Some New Orleans parishes charge $32+. The cost of receiving a marriage license varies from parish to parish and some New Orleans parishes will only accept cash. Please call ahead to verify whether or not you need cash.

(by statute $12.50 of this fee goes to the Family Violence Trust Fund.) All Fees Are Non-Refundable.

Orleans Parish Marriage License Office
Benson Tower
1450 Poydras St., Suite 407
New Orleans, LA
Marriage License Fee: $27.50
(504) 539-5116
8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. / M - F (excluding state holidays)

Second City Court of New Orleans
Algiers Courthouse
225 Morgan Street
Algiers, LA
Marriage License Fee: $27.50
(504) 368-4099
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. / M - F (excluding state holidays)

[From the French Quarter, take the Canal Street/Algiers Ferry
(free for pedestrians); courthouse is one block on the left]

License Offices New Orleans Area:

Jefferson Parish (West Bank)
Gretna Courthouse
Second and Derbigny
Clerk of Court, 3rd floor, Suite 2300
Gretna, LA
Marriage License Fee: $31.25 cash only
(504) 364-2922
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F (excluding state holidays)

Jefferson Parish (East Bank)
Joseph S. Yenni Building
1221 Elmwood Park Blvd.
Clerk of Court, Room 603A
Harahan, LA
Marriage License Fee: $31.25 Cash only
(504) 736-6393
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F (excluding state holidays)

St. Tammany Parish (Covington)
Parish Courthouse
701 Columbia
Clerk of Court
Covington, LA
Marriage License Fee: $25.00 cash only
(985) 809-8745
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F (excluding state holidays)

St. Bernard Parish
Parish Courthouse
St. Bernard Hwy.
Clerk of Court
Chalmette, LA
Marriage License Fee: $25.00 cash or check
(504) 271-3434 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F (excluding state holidays)

The licenses are valid in any parish in the State of Louisiana.

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Marriage License in New Orleans

Marriage Requirements:

Applications for a marriage license may be made by the bride or groom; only one party needs to be present. Bring your completed application and all required documents. Applicants must present the following:

  1. A current driver's license, current state ID or passport. A list of other acceptable identification documents is available upon request.

  2. A certified copy of a birth certificate or a certified birth card for both parties. Louisiana residents may purchase a birth card for this purpose five (5) days a week in the marriage office. Non-residents may apply to have this requirement waived Monday - Friday during normal business hours ONLY by a Judge of the First City Court. ** A valid passport is acceptable as proof of ID and/or birth for non-residents only.

  3. Applicants must provide both Social Security numbers. If no number has been issued, that person must sign a statement to that effect and must appear in person. This form is available in the marriage office.

  4. If either party has been divorced, s/he must provide a certified copy of the final divorce decree. A widow/er must provide a certified copy the death certificate of the former spouse when they apply for a license to marry.

Waiting Period:

A seventy-two hour waiting period is required by law between the time of issuance of the license and the ceremony. Judges of the First or Second City Courts are authorized by law to waive the waiting period for Louisiana residents and they can do this during their Monday - Friday hours of operation ONLY. Also, if both the bride and groom reside outside of Louisiana, 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



Louisiana does not require a pre-marital medical examination or a blood test.

Under 18:

Marriage under the age of eighteen (18) is prohibited by law, except as follows: Applicants over the age of sixteen (16) but less than eighteen (18) must have the signed consent of both parents, or an order from a Judge of Juvenile Court.

Under 16:

Females under sixteen (16) will be issued a license ONLY upon the written order of the Juvenile Court Judge. A marriage license expires and becomes invalid at midnight thirty (30) days after the date of issuance. If the service is postponed, you must turn in the old license and purchase a new one.

Name Change:

Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.

Officiants in Louisiana:

Ministers of the gospel or priests of any denomination in regular communion with any religious society may perform marriages. Ministers must register with the clerk of the district court of the parish or with the registrar of vital records by providing “an affidavit stating his or her lawful name, denomination, and address” (RS 9:204).

After performing a marriage, the minister must complete a marriage certificate and return it to the clerk of the district court.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Vital Records Registry
P.O. Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160
fax: (504) 568-5391

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

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