Marriage licenses are issued at the Gonzales Worthey Rd. and Donaldsonville Offices. The license is valid in any parish in the State of Louisiana. Application for a marriage license may be made by either party; only one party needs to be present, but must present all required documents for both parties. Applicants must provide a valid and unexpired driver’s license, government issued ID or un-expired passport. Due to the processing time of the application, please arrive at our office no later than 4:00 p.m.
Applicants must be 18 years of age. If an applicant is 16 or 17 years of age, both parents must appear with photo identification to sign a consent form. If under the age of 16, in addition to parents written consent, you must have written consent from a judge.
Applicants must present an original or certified copy of their birth records. If either party was born outside the United States he/she must present the original birth certificate. If the birth certificate is not in English, applicant(s) must also provide a notarized translation that includes a sworn declaration of translator. Certificates of Naturalization can also be accepted in place of a birth certificate. If a birth certificate cannot be provided the applicant shall obtain an order signed by a judge waiving the birth certificate requirement.
Applicants must provide both Social Security numbers. If no number has been issued, that person must appear in person and sign a statement to that effect.
If either applicant has been previously married, applicant must state the number of previous marriages and provide a certified copy of the final judgment of divorce, or if the former spouse is deceased, a dated copy of the death certificate.
Applicants must obtain the marriage license 3 days (72 hours) prior to the ceremony. This can be waived by a judge or justice of the peace authorized to perform the ceremony. A marriage license is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance.
A Covenant Marriage requires the same information stated above in addition to premarital counseling. Applicants wanting to obtain a Covenant Marriage must submit a declaration of intent and affidavit and attestation.
The following information for both parties is also required:
Highest grade of education completed; father’s full name and state of birth; mother’s full name (Maiden Name) and state of birth.
The fee for obtaining a marriage license is $35.00; covenant marriages are an additional $10.00. This fee includes a certified copy of your marriage license to be mailed back to you after your ceremony. ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.