MARRIAGE LICENSE
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MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATION PROCESS

Marriage Licenses are issued by the Clerk. A license may be issued in any parish, regardless of which parish the ceremony is to be performed or where the parties reside. (R.S. 9:222)

APPLICATION FORM INFORMATION REQUIRED - (R.S. 9:224)

  • Must provide all information contained on application form. For your convenience a Marriage License Application can be filled out and printed here. Present this form to speed the processing of your marriage license. (R.S. 9:223)

  • Each parties’ social security number or one of the following if not a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S.:
    • Valid and unexpired passport from the country of birth, or
    • Unexpired visa with Form I-94 as issued by the U.S.

  • Must be signed in one of the following manners:
    • Both parties before a notary or deputy clerk;
    • One party before a notary and one party before a deputy clerk;
    • Waiver signed by judge or justice of the peace (they must be in the territorial jurisdiction of the court) valid only for the absent party;
    • Military exception – individual appearing attaches a copy of the other’s military ID; only appearing party needs to sign application.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED - (R.S. 9:225)

1. Birth Certificate: (R.S. 9:226)
  • If born in Louisiana:
    • Certified copy of each party’s birth certificate (short form acceptable), or
    • Order waiving birth certificate(s) WITH letter from proper registration authority that a thorough search was made and no birth record was located. (R.S. 9:227 & 228)

  • If born outside of Louisiana but in a U.S. state or territory, (American Samoa, Guam, N Marianas Islands, Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands):
    • Certified copy of each party’s birth certificate (short form not allowed), or
    • Order waiving birth certificate(s) WITH letter from proper registration authority that a thorough search was made and no birth record was located. (R.S. 9:227 & 228)

  • If born outside U.S. or its territories:
    • Certified copy of party’s birth certificate and a valid and unexpired passport, or
    • Certified copy of party’s birth certificate and unexpired visa accompanied by Form I-94 as issued by the U.S.
    • Order waiving birth certificate(s) WITH letter from proper registration authority that a thorough search was made and no birth record was located. (R.S. 9:227 & 228)

  • Certified translation of birth certificate if certificate is in a language other than English:
    • Must include sworn declaration of translator.
2. Identification:
  • Valid and unexpired driver’s license, or
  • A government issued identification card, or
  • A valid and unexpired passport from the country of his birth, or
  • An unexpired visa accompanied by Form I-94 as issued by the U.S.
3. Written consent or court’s authorization for minor(s) to marry (if applicable)
  • Applicants under 18 years of age must also bring:
    • Both parents to sign consent forms. Both parents must bring their driver's license.
    • If one parent has full custody, that parent must come in to sign consent forms with his/her driver's license and custody papers showing full custody. Joint custody requires both parent's consent.

  • Applicants under 16 years of age also require a judge's consent.
4. Covenant Marriage Declaration (if applicable)
  • If applying for a covenant marriage, applicants must also bring the original notarized Declaration of Intent and Affidavit with Attestation from their counselor.
5. Waivers (if applicable)
  • 72-Hour Waiver, no change to process; (R.S. 9:242)
  • Birth Certificate Waiver as described above; (R.S. 9:227 & 228)
  • Waiver of Notarized Application as described above. (R.S. 9:224)
6. Additional Requirements (if applicable)
  • If either party is divorced, he/she must present a certified copy of the final divorce decree.
  • If either party is widowed, he/she must present a certified copy of a death certificate.
  • Know the address for each party. (Street, city, state, parish/county).
  • Know father's full name and mother's full maiden name for each party and the city, state, and country in which each parent was born.
  • Know the highest grade completed in school for each party.
 

Fees

  • The fee for obtaining a marriage license is $27.50, cash only non-refundable. Certified copies of marriage license cost $6.00 each and regular copies are $1.00 each. (Cash, check, or money order)
 

General Information

  • A Louisiana marriage license is valid in any parish in Louisiana for a period of 30 days from issuance. There is a 72-hour waiting period between the time of issuance of the license and the ceremony. The waiting period can be waived by a district judge or justice of the peace in the parish where the license was issued.
  • After the wedding, wait at least 10 days, then one party must bring in their white copy to be recorded and sealed. This copy may be used to make appropriate name changes (from maiden to married name) on all legal documents such as social security documents and drivers' licenses. A form to obtain a copy or copies by mail is available here.
  • A marriage ceremony may be performed by: (R.S. 9:202)
    • A priest, minister, rabbi, clerk of the Religious Society of Friends, or any clergyman of any religious sect, who is authorized by the authorities of his religion to perform marriages, and who is registered to perform marriages; click here for a copy of the Marriage Officiant Registration Affidavit;
    • A state judge or justice of the peace. Acts 1987, No. 886, §3, eff. Jan. 1, 1988; Acts 1997, No. 73, §1.
  • A register of the clergy authorized to perform marriages in Rapides Parish is also available.
 

Justices of the Peace

Ward Name Address Phone Number
2 Terry Kitchen 3870 Highway 457
Alexandria, LA 71302-9294
318.563.8421
3 Alicia Beaver P.O. Box 106
Cheneyville, LA 71325
318.201.6891
3 Kermit Bowman P.O. Box 766
Lecompte, LA 71346
318.623.2035
4 Laney Strange P.O. Box 194
Woodworth, LA 71485
318.201.1989
4 Raymond "Ray" Causey 21 Science Hill Cemetery Road
Glenmora, LA 71433-4550

318.748.4382

5 Carolyn Holt 157 Dixie Church Road
Sieper, LA 71472
318.793.4815
5 Margaruette Hilton Beard 36 Ed Miller Road
Elmer, LA 71424
318.659.4357 Home
318.442.9251 Work
6 Troy A. Thibodeaux 257 West River Road
Glenmora, LA 71433
318.748.4493
7 Deirdre Beebe 1681 Lena Flatwoods Road
Lena, LA 71477-9787
318.793.4891
7 Joe Keith Nichols P.O. Box 45
Boyce, LA 71409
318.880.8341
8 Marsha Stevens-Marcantel 3530 England Drive
Alexandria, LA 71303-4617
318.623.1743
10 Edwin J. Bonial 4221 Aspen Court
Pineville, LA 71360
318.640.5073
11 Delia "Dee" Deville 88 Daisy Bell Lane
Deville, LA 71328-9511
318.466.5329
318.664.1828
*Retired Justice of the Peace John "Buck" Lincecum 6502 Springhill Road
Pineville, LA 71360
318.640.4344
*Retired Justice of the Peace Raymond Cupples 890 HWY 8
Lena, LA 71477
318.793.2586 Home
318.792.6904 Cell
*Retired Justice of the Peace Artie Cole 1006 Windy Drive
Pineville, LA 71360
318.473.9216
318.308-3317

* Retired Justices of the Peace can also waive the three day waiting period. R. S. 9:242