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Marriage Licenses are issued by the Clerk. A register of the clergy authorized to perform marriages is also available.
Marriage License Requirements

• State law requires that a certified copy of each party's birth certificate or birth card be presented with correct spelling of names. If either party was born out-of-country, a translated notarized birth certificate along with a valid state ID card or driver's license must be presented to our office.
• 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.
• Each party must know his/her social security number.
• Know the address for each party. (Street, city, state, parish/county, and also know if the residence is in the city limits).
• Know father's full name and mother's full maiden name for each party and the city and state in which each parent was born.
• Know the highest grade completed in school for each party.
• Either party or both must apply in person.

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.

Covenant Marriages

• If applying for a covenant marriage, applicants must also bring the original notarized Declaration of Intent and Affidavit with Attestation from their counselor.


• 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. 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.
• 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.
R. S. 9:202. Authority to perform marriage ceremony -
A marriage ceremony may be performed by:
(1) 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;
(2) A state judge or justice of the peace.
Acts 1987, No. 886, §3, eff. Jan. 1, 1988; Acts 1997, No. 73, §1.

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


5 Carolyn Holt 157 Dixie Church Road
Sieper, LA 71472
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
7 Deirdre Beebe 1681 Lena Flatwoods Road
Lena, LA 71477-9787
7 Joe Keith Nichols P.O. Box 45
Boyce, LA 71409
8 Marsha Stevens-Marcantel 3530 England Drive
Alexandria, LA 71303-4617
10 Edwin J. Bonial 4221 Aspen Court
Pineville, LA 71360
11 Delia "Dee" Deville 88 Daisy Bell Lane
Deville, LA 71328-9511
*Retired Justice of the Peace John "Buck" Lincecum 6502 Springhill Road
Pineville, LA 71360
*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

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