You may contact the Marriage License Department at:
When obtaining a passport or marriage license, please be at the office no later than 4:15 P.M. in order for us to complete the process by closing time.
***NEW*** Attention, genealogists! Images for marriage licenses and applications filed prior to 1951 are available via JeffNet, the clerk of court’s remote access service. JeffNet offers a day rate for users who do not require the full monthly subscription. The day rate is $20.00 for a 24 hour access block. Day accounts have full access to all online records and image viewing. Clerk of Court documents can be purchased and downloaded as PDF documents for $.75 per page. Certified copies also are available. The cost for those is $.75 per page plus $5.00 certification cost. The JeffNet 24-Hour account does not provide access to e-filing or e-recording services. Users who wish to utilize e-filing or e-recording privileges must setup a standard JeffNet subscription. To setup a 24-Hour access account using Visa, MasterCard, or American Express, click here.
1. Application Form (may be downloaded HERE). ***IF POSSIBLE, PLEASE PRINT ON LEGAL SIZE PAPER.*** The application may be signed by either or both parties and does not need to be notarized. Only one applicant need appear at the clerk of court’s office to obtain the license. Whichever applicant(s) appear at the clerk of court’s office will be asked to provide identification if the application has not been signed.
2. Status of Previous Marriage. The application form must contain month and date of end of previous marriages (if any). If either applicant’s previous marriage ended in divorce, a copy of the Judgment of Divorce must be provided. If either applicant’s previous marriage ended in death of the spouse, a copy of the Certificate of Death must be provided.
3. Social Security Numbers. The application form must contain both parties’ social security numbers. If either applicant does not have a social security number, the applicant(s) will be asked to sign a statement that no social security number has been issued to them.
4. Birth Certificates. Applicants must provide a certified true copy of their birth certificate. A birth card is acceptable for Louisiana-born applicants. Louisiana-born applicants may obtain a birth certificate from any of the clerk of court’s convenient locations or the State of Louisiana. For information on obtaining a birth certificate issued in the State of Louisiana, visit this web page: http://www.jpclerkofcourt.us/birth-death-certificates/ If an applicant cannot provide a birth certificate due to extenuating circumstances, he/she will be directed to a district judge or justice of the peace to obtain a waiver.
5. Relationship of the Applicants. State law prohibits the marriage of persons who are related by blood or adoption within the fourth degree collateral (example: first cousins and certain aunts or uncles).
6. Waiting Period. A Louisiana marriage license is valid in any parish in Louisiana for a period of 30 days from issuance. There is a 72-hour waiting period between the time of issuance of the license and the ceremony. If there is a need for the ceremony to occur prior to the expiration of the 72-hour waiting period, you may apply for a waiver which must be signed by a district judge or justice of the peace authorized to perform the marriage.
7. Age Requirement. Applicants must be 18 years of age to obtain a marriage license without parental consent. If an applicant is under 18 years of age, both parents must appear in person with applicant. If either applicant is under 16 years of age, applicant and parents must appear before a juvenile judge for permission to marry and must present state ID or drivers license before a marriage license can be issued. If one parent has sole custody certified documents must be presented showing sole custody. No temporary orders are acceptable.
The fee for obtaining a marriage license is $27.50. A certified copy of a marriage license is $10.00 (La. R.S. 13:841). If a waiver is required, there will be an additional fee of $2.50 per waiver. Cash, debit or credit card, money order, personal checks, or certified or cashiers checks are accepted forms of payment. By Louisiana law, the clerk of court transfers $12.50 for each marriage license to the State of Louisiana for programs for the victims of family violence.
Newlyweds should order a certified copy of their marriage license two weeks after the marriage to insure that the license has been returned and recorded.
Justice of the Peace contact info: First Justice Court–The Hon. Vernon J. Wilty, III, (504) 364-2760; Second Justice Court–The Hon. Patrick H. DeJean, (504) 349-5407; Third Justice Court–The Hon. Charlie R. Kerner, (504) 689-2208; Fourth Justice Court–The Hon. Leon Bradberry, Jr., (985) 278-1973; Fifth Justice Court–The Hon. Charles V. Cusimano, II, (504) 736-8714; Sixth Justice Court–The Hon. Kevin J. Centanni, (504) 466-7984; Seventh Justice Court–The Hon. Michele P. Holmes, 349-5416; & Eighth Justice Court–The Hon. Roscoe W. Lewis, Sr., (504) 461-0130.
Police escorts for wedding ceremonies may be secured by calling the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office at (504) 465-1480.