You may contact the Marriage License Department at (504) 364-2922 or (504) 364-2923 (West Bank); (504) 736-6390 (East Bank); or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Office hours are 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. HOWEVER, if 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.
In applying for a marriage license, at least one party must appear in person; and he/she must have all the necessary information and documents, outlined below.
Birth certificates for those born in the State of Louisiana may be obtained from the La. Bureau of Vital Statistics’ Orleans Parish office (Benson Tower, 1450 Poydras St. Ste. 400, New Orleans), which has walk-in hours of 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. That office may be contacted at (504) 593-5100.
1. Certified true copy of birth certificate for each party OR, if the person was born outside of Louisiana, a letter signed by the proper registration authority, under his raised seal or stamp, that states that a thorough search was made and that no birth record was located for the applicant. (La. R.S. 9:227(A))
If either applicant was born in a country other than the United States, and the birth certificate provided was prepared in a language other than English, the clerk of court may may demand other proof of birth facts (La. R.S. 9:227(B)), such as a passport or driver’s license or other document(s) that contains the applicants’ full name and date of birth, and may require a translation of the submitted documents. Photocopies of applicants’ identification will not be accepted. Providing a translation is no guarantee that the birth certificate will be accepted and a license issued. The deputy clerk must be able to discern the document’s facts.
If either party cannot produce a certified copy of his/her birth certificate due to extenuating circumstances, a waiver issued by a justice of the peace or district judge MUST be provided.
2. 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).
3. Applicants must state the number of previous marriages (if any) and whether he/she is divorced or a widow, and provide the month and year the previous marriage ended. Applicants do not have to supply copies of divorce decrees or judgments, but must be prepared to state the month and year the divorce was granted.
4. Applicants are also required to supply their Social Security numbers. If an applicant does not have a U.S. Social Security number, he/she must appear in person at the time of application to sign and date a statement before the issuing clerk stating they do not have a social security number (La. R.S.9:224(A)(6)).
5. A medical certificate is not required.
6. 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. Your completed marriage license application, which may be downloaded here. Either the bride or the groom must each complete this application, and this form must be presented by either applicant in person at either our East Bank or West Bank offices.
8. Only one applicant is required to come into the office to complete the application, but that person must have all documents and social security numbers for both applicants.
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 $31.25. A copy of a marriage license is $5.00. If a waiver is required, there will be an additional fee of $2.50 per waiver. Cash, money order, personal checks, or certified or cashiers checks are accepted. We are planning to provide for payment by credit card or check card in the very near future. By Louisiana law, the clerk of court transfers over forty percent of the above fees to the program for the Program of Victims of Family Violence.
The Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court does not provide birth certificate service. The Orleans Parish location of the Louisiana Bureau of Vital Statistics (Benson Tower, 1450 Poydras St. Ste. 400, New Orleans) has walk-in hours of 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and will provide birth and death certificates for Jefferson and Orleans parishes. That office may be contacted at (504) 593-5100.
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: 1st Justice Court–The Hon. Vernon J. Wilty, III, (504) 364-2760; 2nd Justice Court–The Hon. Patrick H. DeJean, (504) 349-5407; 3rd Justice Court–The Hon. Charlie R. Kerner, (504) 689-2208; 4th Justice Court–The Hon. Leon Bradberry, Jr., (504) 382-4767; 5th Justice Court–The Hon. Charles V. Cusimano, II, (504) 736-8714; 6th Justice Court–The Hon. Kevin J. Centanni, (504) 466-7984; 7th Justice Court–The Hon. Eugene Fitchue, (504) 436-3133; & 8th 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.