Marriage License Requirements

    • Certified copies of birth certificates: If either party is from out-of-state, this requirement may be waived by a judge. 
    • Must know Social Security numbers, but no documentation is required. 
    • If previously married, a 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). 
    • LOUISIANA RESIDENTS - 72-hour waiting period between issue of license and wedding, may be waived by a judge. Bring marriage license to judge at First City Court, 421 Loyola Avenue, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Phone 504-407-0400 for more information. The license is valid for 30 days. 
    • NON LOUISIANA RESIDENTS - An officiant may waive the 72-hour waiting period upon application of the parties giving "serious and meritorious reasons". 
    • Either the bride or groom must appear in person.

    Permits are required to take pictures or have a ceremony in Jackson Square, for information call (504) 658-2176.  For Guidelines for Photography in Jackson Square, Weddings performed in Jackson Square, Jackson Square Booking Request for Weddings, or a General Booking Request Form, click here.

    To have a Second Line, you will need a Parade Permit.  A Parade Permit is $50.25, and the group will need Motor Cycle Police Escort(s).  Contact Sergeant Walters Powers, Jr. in the New Orleans Police Department to obtain a permit.  His contact information is (504) 658-6201 and

    Orleans Parish Marriage Office
    1450 Poydras Street (Benson Tower)4th Floor
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    Ph: 504-593-5100
    Hours: 8:30am to 3:30pm
    Mon-Fri (except state holidays)

    For map and directions [CLICK HERE]

    You can also go to the following office for a marriage license:

    Second City Court - Algiers Pointe Courthouse
    (walking distance from the Canal St./Algiers Ferry)
    225 Morgan Street
    New Orleans, LA 70114
    Hours: 9:00am to 3:00pm
    (Please arrive before 2:15pm)
    Mon-Fri (except state holidays)

    For map and directions [CLICK HERE


    Instructions for ordering Marriage Certificates [HERE]
    Application for Certified Copy of Orleans Parish Marriage Certificate [HERE]
    Marriage Officiant Registration Affadavit [HERE]