***NEW*** Save time at the courthouse! Begin your marriage license application online! Click here to begin the online application process, which will provide you with information concerning documents needed and required fees.
Application for Marriage License (print and bring with you)
Marriage License Copy Request
Covenant Marriage Declaration of Intent and Affidavit with Attestation of Counselor (already married)
Covenant Marriage Declaration of Intent and Affidavit with Attestation of Counselor (not yet married)
Covenant Marriage Brochure (La. Attorney General)
You may contact the Marriage License Department at:
Marriage License Requirements and Things to Know
Application. You will need to complete an 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. Whoever appears at the clerk of court’s office will be asked to provide identification if the application has not been signed. ***NEW*** Save time at the courthouse! Begin your marriage license application online! Click here to begin the online application process, which will provide you with information concerning documents needed and required fees.
You will need to know for the application: Status of Previous Marriage: If either applicant’s last marriage ended due to death of spouse or divorce, you will need to know the exact date of the death or divorce. Please refer to your Judgment of Divorce or Certificate of Death for this information as accuracy is important for Social Security Administration purposes. You will need to indicate only how the most recent marriage ended; this information is not needed for prior marriages. If you have a Judgment of Divorce or Death Certificate (or photocopy thereof) for your most recent marriage, please bring it with you when you obtain the marriage license. The clerk of court will retain photocopies of the documents; the originals will be returned to you at the time the license is issued; Social Security Numbers: Both applicants’ Social Security numbers must be provided. Applicants who do not have a Social Security number must provide a driver’s license; a government issued identification card; a passport; a visa issued by the U.S. Department of State; or a Certificate of Naturalization issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. If either or both applicants cannot comply with this requirement , a waiver signed by a judge or justice of the peace is needed. The clerk of court will provide direction at the time the license is to be issued; Relationship of the Applicants: State law prohibits the marriage of persons who are ascendants, descendants, collaterals within the fourth degree, whether of whole or half blood, or related by adoption (some exceptions apply).
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: https://jpclerkofcourt.wpengine.com/birth-death-certificates/ Applicants Born Outside of the U.S. must provide one of the following: a certified true copy of their birth certificate; Certificate of Birth Abroad; or Certificate of Naturalization. If the birth certificate is printed in a language other than English, a translation is preferred but not required.
If either or both applicants cannot comply with the requirement above due to extenuating circumstances, he/she will be directed to a district judge or justice of the peace to obtain a waiver.
24-Hour Waiting Period. A Louisiana marriage license is valid in any parish in Louisiana for a period of 30 days from issuance. There is a 24-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 24-hour waiting period, the applicants may request a waiver, which must be signed by a district judge or justice of the peace authorized to perform the marriage.
Age Requirement. Applicants must be 18 years of age to obtain a marriage license without judicial consent. If either applicant is under 18 years of age (and there are not more than three years difference in age between the applicants), a court order is required. The applicants are urged to seek the advice of an attorney, as a court hearing and judicial interview is required. If either applicant is under 18, the clerk of court cannot under any circumstance issue a marriage license if there are more than three years difference in age between the applicants. Per Louisiana law, persons under 16 years of age may not marry under any circumstances (effective August 1, 2019).
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 $4.00 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. Mark D. Spears, Jr., (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.
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 $5.00 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.
The clerk of court’s marriage licenses indices may be accessed via the Louisiana Clerks’ Remote Access Authority (LCRAA), which was established in 2014 as a bold initiative of the La. Clerks of Court Assn. to provide the public with access to all La. clerks of court indices. The system is free and open to the public and currently includes mortgage and conveyance (recording) and marriage license data. Users are directed to individual clerks’ web sites for premium access to images. The system is helpful to users who wish to search records in multiple parishes without the need to visit individual courthouses or web sites (until an image, or copy thereof, is desired).
LCRAA assists clerks of court to acquire and maintain technology infrastructure needed for back-imaging records, data preservation, and e-recording and e-filing initiatives. For more information about LCRAA, and to sign up for a FREE account, visit https://laclerksportal.org.