Marriage License Requirements

Marriage license requirements

You do not have to be a resident of Louisiana in order to obtain a LA marriage license. You must be 18 years or older in order to marry without parental consent. If you are between 16 and 18, parents or legal guardians must be present.

Technically, there is a 3 day waiting period from the time you receive your license to the date you can marry. However, a 72 hour waiver can be issued by your officiant. You must make sure your officiant attaches the waiver to your license before returning it to the Clerk of Court's office.

You will need to bring picture IDs, certified copies of your birth certificates, and social security cards for both people. Also, if either party has been previously divorced or is a widow or widower, applicable divorce decrees and/or death certificate must be presented.

Either bride or the groom must appear in person in order to apply. The fee for the license is usually around $25-$35, but it varies from parish to parish.

You should contact the parish where you plan to be married for any additional information -- the following includes general information for every parish in the greater New Orleans area.


Benson Towers 

1450 Poydras St. 

New Orleans, LA 70112

Phone: 504-593-5100 

Judges: 504-592-9240 / 504-364-2922 / 364-2923

Police Escorts: 827-3260

Hours: Monday - Saturday 8 am - 4 pm 

License Fee: $27.50 cash or check


Joseph S. Yenni Building

1221 Elmwood Park Blvd

Clerk of Court, Room 603

Justice of the Peace Offices: Harahan, LA - 504-736-6390

Kenner: 504-466-7984

Metairie: 504-838-4295

Police Escorts: 504-465-1480

Hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Mon.-Fri.

License Fee: $29.40 Cash only


Gretna Courthouse

Second and Derbigny

Clerk of Court, Third Floor

Gretna, Louisiana

Police Escorts: 504-465-1480

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm 

License Fee: $29.40 cash only


Marrero/Westwego: 504-348-2769

Gretna/Harvey: 504-364-2760


Police Escorts: 504-465-1480


Parish Courthouse, 510 Boston Street

Clerk of Court, Covington 504-898-2430 ext. 441

Judges: 985-898-2430 ext. 441.

Police Escorts: 985-898-8181

Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Mon. - Fri.

Fees: $25.00 cash only


Parish Courthouse Annex, 2132 First St.

Clerk of Court, Slidell 985-6464120

Judges: 985-646-4120

Police Escorts: 985-646-4100

Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Mon. - Fri.

License Fee: $25.00 Cash only


Parish Courthouse

St. Bernard Hwy.

Clerk of Court, Chalmette, LA


Judges: 504-271-3434

Police Escorts: 504-278-7677

Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Mon. - Fri

License Fee: $25.00 Cash or Check