New Orleans Wedding License
Getting married in New Orleans is easy and can be done as a weekend
elopement or before a cruise leaving from New Orleans. It was possible in New
Orleans to get a marriage license and be married on the same day if certain
requirements are met and the license obtained during weekday office hours. Office days and hours are posted by the various Clerks that issue a license and they need to be contacted for those hours and days. The closest office to the French Quarter is the recently opened office at 1450 Poydras St, Benson Towers next to the Superdome. Downtown New Orleans, phone (504) 593-5100, (map) and the several Clerk of Courts offices in the area. Brides and Grooms are responsible for obtaining the
marriage license from the State of Louisiana before the wedding ceremony.
Either person may obtain the license from the State Office of Vital Records
or other Parish Clerks of Court Offices in the New
Orleans area. The state provides information over the web at their page:
WAIVER OF 72 HOURS
Waivers of delay are done at the ceremony and not needed to get a license. Minister can do waivers for weddings of visitors to New Orleans. Ministers have waiver forms that are completed and returned with the license office.
Vital Records Central Office will offer walk-in services at Benson Tower, 1450 Poydras St, Suite 400, New Orleans, LA beginning on Monday, February 28, 2011.
Vital Records services at the Jefferson Parish Health Unit - Metairie will not be available after Friday, February 25, 2011.
The Orleans Parish Marriage Office will move from 1010 Common Street to Benson Tower, 1450 Poydras St, Suite 407, New Orleans, LA beginning on Monday, February 28, 2011.
Effective Monday, February 28, 2011 the Vital Records Customer Serivce Call Center can be reached at 504-593-5100 .
A State Marriage License is good in any
city. Identification is required along with authentic copies of birth
certificates and any divorce judgments. In some cities there is a three-day
waiting period from the time the license is issued, it can be waived by a judge.
In New Orleans a Minister can also waive the waiting period for non-residents if
good reasons exist. No medical tests are necessary. The license is good for 30
days. You must present the license to the person doing the ceremony in advance
as it requires the minister to complete some portions in black ink and he must
mail it back to the issuing office. You will get a complimentary certificate and
instructions on how to order a certified one after the original is recorded. You
must order a certified copy from the Office you obtained the License. They
provide a form to order a certified copy. Sample forms are found here: http://figstreet.com/weddings/licenseinfo09.html A ceremony must be conducted before 2 adult
witnesses who also sign the certificates. The cost of the license is
just under $30.00 paid to the State. For further information on marriage
licenses contact any of the Clerk's offices below.
Certified Copy Of Marriage Certificate after the Marriage
After your wedding the state copy of the license is mailed by
the officiant to the office that issued the license. That office
processes the license and provides a certified copy. You should order a
certified copy at the time you get the license. The State indicates it
takes 30 to 40 days for them to process after the ceremony. If you do
not get a certified copy after ordering it you should contact the office
that issued you the license. There is additional information on ordering
a copy at the State
page with instructions and forms located here:
Changing Your Name After A New Orleans Wedding
It is a tradition in western cultures that a bride takes the last name
of the husband, it is not a requirement to do so. You need to order several
certified copies of your marriage certificate from the office you received your
license. Usually this is done when you apply for your marriage license by
prepaying for certified copies to be mailed to you.
1. A new drivers license should be obtained by going to your local
motor vehicle office with a certified copy of the marriage certificate. That
office will help you get a new license with the marriage name. They may charge a
fee so you should call before going to get particulars. You may also need to
change your auto title and auto insurance.
2. A new Social Security Card should be obtained by getting the
necessary forms off the web at:
can mail the form in or go in person to your local office but you need a
certified copy of your marriage license to present to them. You can telephone
them for details.
3. A new Passport can be obtained by going in person to a local office
or following the directions on the State Department page at
4. You will also need to change your name with banks, credit card companies,
landlords, and any other agency that has your name on record. Generally by
getting the first 3 done the rest are easier as some agencies will accept the
new drivers license as proof of you new name.
5. Be sure the IRS, Voter Registration, your insurance agent, and CPA also
knows of the name change so that they make the necessary charges to their
New Orleans Weddings Locations
Eloping to New Orleans is fun either for a weekend away or before a
cruise out to sea. There are many beautiful locations in New Orleans to perform
a simple wedding ceremony, City Park, Audubon Park, Jackson Square, French
Quarter, West End Park, or along the Lake Front. The City of New Orleans gives
permission for the use of public places and each park has rules. The
particular park should be contacted for permission to do a wedding in that park.
The City of New Orleans should be contacted for permission to do a wedding at
Jackson Square. I have provided a list of links to see some locations on the
left of this page my favorite simple wedding spots are City Park and Pirates
Alley but there are many more.
New Orleans Wedding Minister
A clergyman, judge, Justice of the Peace, or registered celebrant can perform a marriage
ceremony. The ceremony must be before two adult witnesses. It can be religious,
civil, simple or complex. You can choose your ceremony, officiant, and location
in New Orleans. Louisiana does not allow same sex marriages.
Dr. JK Schwehm, wedding minister and former Louisiana Justice of the
Peace, has performed hundreds of wedding ceremonies for 14 years in the
greater New Orleans area. See his web page linked below for details and to have
him perform your marriage ceremony in Louisiana.
ORLEANS PARISH MARRIAGE LICENSE
1450 Poydras St, Rm 407
New Orleans, LA
The Orleans Parish Marriage License Office is located at Benson Tower, 1450 Poydras Street, Suite 407, in downtown New Orleans. Licenses are issued between 8:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding state holidays). The licenses are valid in any parish in the State of Louisiana.
Be sure to check on times and locations as they have changed since the Storm. New Orleans Second City Court, 225 Morgan St. Algiers, LA., phone 504/368-4099 also issues licenses they are across the River with limited office hours.
OTHER LICENSE OFFICES IN NEW ORLEANS AREA
JEFFERSON PARISH (WEST BANK)
Second and Derbigny
Clerk of Court, Suite 2300
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Mon - Fri
License Fee: $31.25 cash only
JEFFERSON PARISH EAST BANK
Joseph S. Yenni Building
1221 Elmwood Park Blvd
Clerk of Court, Room 603A
Harahan, LA - 504-736-6393
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Mon.-Fri.
License Fee: $31.25 Cash only
ST. TAMMANY PARISH (COVINGTON)
Parish Courthouse, 701 Columbia
Clerk of Court, Covington (985) 809-8745
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Mon. - Fri.
Fees: $25.00 cash only
ST. BERNARD PARISH
St. Bernard Hwy.
Clerk of Court, Chalmette, LA
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Mon. - Fri
License Fee: $25.00 Cash or Check
Other Louisiana Clerks Of Court
800 Buchanan Street Lafayette, LA
501 Texas Street Shreveport, LA
1000 Ryan St.
Lake Charles, LA
4001 Carter Street Vidalia, LA
See more marriage License Offices at
Minister E-Mail Address
Célébrants de mariages. Cérémonies de
Cérémonies personnalisées de mariage, Civiles, non confessionnelles, à
L'emplacement de votre choix, execute par Dr.Schwehm.
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