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Richland Parish Marriage License, LA

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Richland Parish
Marriage License Requirements

Marriage License Fee: $25.00

708 Julia St., Suite 103,
Rayville, LA 71269
Ph: (318) 728-4171
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. / M – F

(except for Court Approved Holidays)


Marriage Application Requirement Louisiana: Get Copy Of Birth Certificate

To complete the application for a marriage license, a couple must:

  • Both applicant must be 18 years old in order to purchase a marriage license without parental or court intervention.

  • Applications for a marriage license may be made by either applicant of the marriage; only one applicant needs to be present, but must present all required documents.

  • A current driver's license, current state ID or passport.

  • Provide address for both applicants. (Street, city, state, parish/county, and also know if the residence is in the city limits).

  • Provide father's full name and mother's full maiden name for both applicants and the state in which each parent was born.

  • Provide the highest grade completed in school for both applicants.

  • Applicants must provide both Social Security numbers.

    • Examples: Social Security Card, Drivers License with social security number on it, Military ID, W2.

    • 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 and by clicking here.

  • An official birth certificate or official birth card with the raised seal of the state for both applicants.

    • Driver's licenses, State identification cards, Military identification cards, Passports or Naturalization may not be substituted for the birth certificates, unless a birth certificate waiver is signed by a State District Judge.

    • Applicants born outside of Louisiana may apply to have this requirement waived.

    • Original foreign language birth certificates must be translated into English by that country's Consulate per LA R.S. 13:3725. No other translations are acceptable. Foreign language originals must be submitted along with the original translations.

  • If either applicant has been previously married, the applicant must provide a signed, dated copy of the final divorce decree or judgment, or if the former spouse is deceased, a copy of the death certificate naming the applicant as the surviving spouse.

    • Original foreign language divorce and death certificates must be translated into English by that country's Consulate as per LA R.S. 13:3725. No other translations are acceptable. foreign language originals must be submitted along with the original translation.


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Marriage ID Requirement Louisiana:

  • Driver's License

  • State issued ID card

  • Military ID

  • Passport

  • Passport Card

  • Permanent Resident Card

  • Foreign Gov't issued Passport


Marriage Waiting Period Louisiana:

  • There is a 24-hour waiting period between the time of issuance of the license and the ceremony.

  • The waiting period can be waived by a district judge or justice of the peace in the parish where the license was issued.

  • The waiver must be attached to the completed marriage certificate when it is returned to the clerk of the district court.


Marriage Residency Requirement Louisiana:

You do not have to be a resident of Louisiana.


Previous Marriages: ✔ Search Marriage | Divorce Records

The Richland Parish Clerk of Court requires a Certified Copy of the Judgment of Divorce or Death Certificate for a previous marriage without regard to the length of time the divorce or death occurred before issuing a Marriage License.


Marriage License Fee Louisiana:

The fee for a Richland Parish marriage license $27.50 and required at the time of application.



Proxy Marriages Louisiana:

No.


Cousin Marriages Louisiana:

No.


Common Law Marriages Louisiana:

No.


Covenant Marriage Louisiana:

Yes.


Marriage Blood Test Louisiana:

Blood tests are no longer required to purchase a marriage license in Louisiana.


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.


Marriage Age Requirements Louisiana: ✔ Get Copy Of Birth Certificate

  • If either applicant to the marriage is 16 or 17 years of age, the signatures of both parents are required along with their identification.

  • If either applicant is under the age of 16, a court order signed by a State District Judge is required, along with the signatures of both parents and their identification.

  • Parents must be the same individuals as named on the applicant's birth certificate, and must appear in proper person with current official identification to sign the permission document.

  • Parents must appear with the applicants at the time of license application.

  • Sole custody papers presented must be certified legal documents as issued by the Court relating to the minor applicant.

  • Provisional custody by mandate documents, power of attorney, and notarial emancipation are not acceptable.

  • The Clerk's office will only accept a Judicial Emancipation signed by a State District Judge.


Marriage Officiants Louisiana:

  • Any ordained or licensed clergymen who have registered with the clerk of the district court of the parish or with the health department if in New Orleans, and justices of the peace.

  • 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.


Marriage Witnesses Louisiana

Yes. Two (2) witnesses are required to sign the marriage license at the time of the ceremony.


Expiration Date of Marriage License Louisiana

  • An unused marriage license expires 30 days from the date of issue.

  • A Louisiana marriage license is valid only for ceremonies performed in the state of Louisiana.

  • if not used, it must be returned to the Clerk's Office to be renewed. An additional fee is charged for renewal.

  • If the license is not used, it should be returned to be cancelled off the books.

  • The fee is not refunded.


Copy of Certificate of Marriage License

Vital Records Registry
P.O. Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160
Ph: 504.593.5100
Fx: 504.568.8716


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. For more information regarding Louisiana marriage license records please visit www.richlandparishclerkofcourt.com.


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