How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Louisiana?
Heavy in Creole and Cajun culture, Louisiana is a mix of French, African, American and French-Canadian people. Louisiana is most noted for its sumptuous food, festivals, and architecture. Imagine partying at Mardi Gras in New Orleans after your beautiful wedding.
Rules and Regulations
You will enjoy the vibrant cultural jazz music of Louisiana if you get married there, but before you do, you need to follow a few rules:
- The legal age to get married in Louisiana is 16 with parental consent (both parents).
- You must be 18 years of age without parental consent.
- You do not need to have a blood test or physical exam.
- You do not need to reside in Louisiana.
- You must have at least two witnesses present to sign your marriage license.
- If you were divorced within 30 days, you would need a signed, dated copy of your divorce decree. Otherwise, you will only need the date of divorce.
- If you were widowed within 30 days, you would need a copy of the death certificate, otherwise just the month and year of death.
- Cousin marriage is not legal in Louisiana.
- Covenant marriage is allowed.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
How to Apply
Only one of you has to be present to apply for the marriage license but has to present all the necessary paperwork.
- A current, valid ID by presenting a driver’s license, state-issued ID, military ID, passport, resident card or other government-issued ID.
- Address for both parties.
- Father’s full name.
- Mother’s full name.
- Father’s birth state.
- Mother’s birth state.
- Highest school grade completed for both parties.
- Social security numbers for both parties.
- An official birth certificate for both parties (photocopies are not accepted).
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is a 72-hour waiting period before you can get married, after obtaining your marriage license. The marriage license is only good for 30 days, and then it expires. If you do not marry within that 30 days, you need to re-apply, and you will pay additional fees.
Who Can Officiate
Any member of the clergy who has registered with the clerk of the district court or the health department of Louisiana may perform wedding ceremonies. A registered minister or justice of the peace may also officiate. Your officiate must sign, date and return the marriage license to the office where you obtained it.
After the Wedding
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal.