Jackson Square wedding second line
Jackson Square wedding second line
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 – 72-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 72-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)  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]

Copy of Orleans Marriage Certificates

  • Instructions for ordering Marriage Certificates  Click here 
  • Application for Certified Copy of Orleans Parish Marriage Certificate [HERE]
  • Marriage Officiant Registration Affadavit  Click here
  • 72 hour Waiver Certificate  Click here 

Second-line Street Parade Permit Information (updated 3/2017)

File an Application for a Parade Permit if the event will involve the use of public streets for a second line.  Link to application with the City of New Orleans One Stop: Click here

After One Stop receives the Parade Permit, a notification of the event will be sent to the New Orleans Police Department Special Events Division and they will contact the organizer to finalize all details. Contact: NOPD Special Events Division, 504-658-6201 or

Jackson Square
A permit is required to hold your wedding or take photographs in Jackson Square.  For details: 504-658-2176 or Events in Jackson Square.

Streetcar Charter
Charter a Red or Green streetcar for private events – a unique New Orleans
experience -- contact Diana Mateo Hernandez with RTA 504-827-8357.  For Frequently Asked Questions and Charter Request Form Click here.