Marriage License

Obtaining

  • You may obtain your marriage license in any Louisiana Parish for a marriage anywhere in Louisiana (it doesn't have to be the same). In all Parishes except Orleans, the issuing office is the Clerk of Court. A listing of these offices can be found at http://laclerksofcourt.org/clerksofcourt.htm. In Orleans Parish, the issuing office is Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health, Vital Records Registry, located in the Benson Towers, at 1450 Poydras Street, Suite 407, New Orleans, LA 70160. Their phone number is 504-593-5115, -5116 for more information.
  • Here are the requirements specified by Orleans Parish. Even if you are not obtaining your marriage license in Orleans Parish, you should review these requirements, as most (if not all) of these requirements apply state-wide: http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/assets/oph/Center-RS/vitalrec/REQUIREMENTSFOROBTAININGAMARRIAGELICENSE.pdf.
  • A word about the 72-hour waiting period. As explained in the above requirements, "..if both the bride and groom reside outside of Louisiana, the services will occur in Orleans parish AND be performed by a registered Orleans officiant, that officiant can waive this waiting period." Also, a judge in any parish can waive this requirement. If you have any questions, call the issuing office.

Completing

  • Bring the marriage license you obtained to the ceremony. The officiant (me), the bride, the groom, and two witnesses must complete our section of the marriage license certificate and commemorative copies which may have been supplied by the issuing office.
  • Please reserve a little time, maybe fifteen minutes, to complete the documents just after the ceremony.
  • If you want pictures of the signing, you may plan this in advance with your photographer.

Returning

  • It is my responsibility, as officiant, to return the completed marriage license certificate to either the issuing Clerk of Court or Vital Records, depending upon the issuing office. The commemorative certificates are kept by the bride and groom. 
  • I will scan the documents to be returned and send you an Acrobat copy of them for your records.

Obtaining Certified Copies

  • You will eventually need a certified copy of your marriage license. The bride will need a certified copy of the marriage license to make appropriate name changes (i.e., from maiden to married name) on all legal documents, such as Social Security card and driver's license. Even if a name change is not desired, a marriage license is an an important document, and a certified copy should be maintained in a safe place with your other important personal papers. The small beige certificate or commemorative certificate is not a legal document. It is for your family records and is not a substitute for your legally recorded marriage license. It cannot be used for name changes at the Social Security office or Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • If you need a certified copy of a marriage record/certificate from a parish other than Orleans Parish, you must contact the Clerk of Court in that parish. An alphabetical list of Clerks of Court in Louisiana by parish is available at: http://laclerksofcourt.org/clerksofcourt.htm
  • The Louisiana Vital Records Registry maintains marriage records ONLY for marriage licenses that were purchased in Orleans Parish. Comprehensive information is available online at:

There are currently three ways to obtain a certified copy of an Orleans Parish Marriage License. Pick the method that best suits your needs.

In person

You may complete an application for a certified copy of an Orleans Parish marriage certificate, bring your photo identification and correct fees to the Vital Records Central Office or a Vital Records Service Center.

Mail

You may mail your completed request, a copy of your photo identification and correct fees to:

Vital Records Registry
PO Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160

Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Internet, fax, and telephone

You may use a major credit card to place internet, fax or telephone orders through VitalChek Network, an authorized service provider. There are additional fees when using this service provider or requesting expedited services.

Order online using the VitalChek Network or call 1-877-605-8562.
Check the status of a VitalChek Network order online.

To inquire about an order placed with VitalChek, please call 1-877-605-8562.

If you would like to order an Orleans Parish Marriage Certificate but the ceremony occurred more than 50 years ago, you must submit your order to the Office of the Secretary of State:

Web site: http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/tabid/638/Default.aspx
Vital Records
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125
Phone: (225) 922-2012