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Jackson Square wedding second line
Jackson Square wedding second line

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

  • Current driver’s license, current state ID or passport.
  • Certified copies of birth certificates (no photocopies accepted).
  • Must know Social Security numbers, but no documentation is required.
  • If previously married, a certified copy of the 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). Payable by cash, check or money order only. The marriage license is valid for 30 days.
  • Both people in the couple are needed to appear in person to fill out the application.

A 24-hour waiting period is required by law between the time of issuance of the marriage license and the ceremony.

  • LOUISIANA RESIDENTS – 24-hour waiting period may be waived by a First or Second City Court Judge.
  • NON LOUISIANA RESIDENTS – If both parties reside outside of Louisiana and the services will occur in Orleans parish AND be performed by a registered Orleans officiant, that officiant can waive the 24-hour waiting period with a waiver. The waiver must be attached to the completed marriage certificate when it is returned to Vital Records.


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
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