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Marriage Information

How to get a New Orleans Marriage License

Here's all you need to do to make it legal with city services

Marriage License Requirements

  • Certified copies of birth certificates: If either party is from out-of-state, this requirement may be waived by a judge.
  • Must know Social Security numbers, but no documentation is required.
  • If previously married, a final divorce decree is required.
  • If widowed, a certified copy of death certificate is required.
  • $27.50 for marriage license in Orleans Parish (fee is non-refundable).
  • LOUISIANA RESIDENTS – 24-hour waiting period between issue of license and wedding; may be waived by a judge. Bring marriage license to judge at First City Court, 421 Loyola Avenue, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  The license is valid for 30 days.
  • NON LOUISIANA RESIDENTS – An officiant may waive the 24-hour waiting period upon application of the parties giving “serious and meritorious reasons."
  • Both people in the couple are needed to appear in person to fill out the application.  Contact Orleans Parish Marriage Office for exceptions.


Orleans Parish Marriage Office

1450 Poydras Street (Benson Tower) 4th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70112
Ph: 504-593-5100
Hours: 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Mon-Fri (except state holidays)
www.oph.dhh.state.la.us  or click here

For map and directions Click here

Second City Court – Algiers Point Courthouse

(walking distance from the Canal St./Algiers Ferry)
225 Morgan Street
New Orleans, LA 70114
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(Please arrive before 2:15 p.m.)
Mon-Fri (except state holidays)

For map and directions Click here

Marriage Certificate Information

For the following forms and documents, click here.

  • Instructions for ordering Marriage Certificates
  • Application for Certified Copy of Orleans Parish Marriage Certificate
  • Marriage Officiant Registration Affidavit
  • 24 hour Waiver Certificate
Other Permits
How To: Second Line Planning Guide
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