Gather your documents.
Each person will need their government issued ID, birth certificate (no copies), and divorce decrees (if either of them have been married before). Foreign identification is strictly enforced.
Please visit the Orleans Parish website for more detailed instructions
Make your appt with us.
Our office performs marriage license signings and private office elopements for all couples in a private, supportive, and accepting environment. Currently, we are appointment only.
Come as you are. Family and children are welcome.
Return your signed license.
To be recorded and processed by the state of Louisiana, your marriage license application needs to be returned to the originating parish/office.
Your signed marriage license can be returned in-person, by mail, or through our office.
We are here for you.
With us, getting married in Orleans Parish is easy! Whether you want to be married with a short and sweet license signing or have a private moment in our elopement space, we have services that help couples celebrate love on their terms.
What you need to know about getting
married in New Orleans.
Required documents for obtaining your license application.
ID: Drivers license, current state ID, or passport
BIRTH CERTIFICATE: A certified birth certificate or a certified birth card for both parties (no photocopies accepted). A certified translation must be attached, if the birth certificate is not in English. If not born in the US or a US territory, the applicant(s) must also present a valid, unexpired passport or visa with attached I-94 form.
Note: If you are from out-of-state or another county and do not have your certified birth certificate (or do not have a translation), a birth certificate waiver must be obtained from the First District Court clerks office (421 Loyola Ave on the 2nd floor in room 202 - open at 9:00 am).
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS: Both applicants must provide their Social Security numbers if born in the United States. If not born in the US or a US territory, the applicant(s) must present a valid passport from their country of birth or a visa with attached I-94 form.
DIVORCE DECREE (if married before): If either party has been divorced, the individual must provide a certified copy of the final divorce decree. A widow or widower must provide a certified copy the death certificate of the former spouse when they apply for a license to marry.
The license Vital Records Office nor Courthouse will issue an Orleans Parish marriage license without the exact documents they require. Visit here for additional information on exact requirements.
Offices to obtain your marriage license application.
ORLEANS PARISH (CBD NEAR SUPERDOME)
VITAL RECORD OFFICE *preferred location*
1450 POYDRAS STREET, SUITE 407
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70112
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Certified Copy (Mailed):
ORLEANS PARISH (ALGIERS POINT)
225 MORGAN STREET
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70114
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Closed for lunch 11:30 am - 1:00 pm)
Certified Copy (Mailed):
We can sign marriage licenses from ANY parish within the State of Louisiana.
For a complete list of all parish offices visit the link here.
Returning your license & getting a state issued Certificate.
After signing, all Orleans Parish marriage licenses must be returned and filed with Vital Records for state recording.
By Mail | If our office files your marriage license with Vital Records, then your state issued Marriage Certificate will be sent to you by mail, if you ordered one. This can take about 4 to 6 weeks. If you have not received it after 8 weeks, give us a call or call the Vital Records Office of Orleans Parish.
In-Person | If you return your marriage license to Vital Records, they will print it there in the office and give you the certified copy right then.
Certified copies are $5.00 each + $.50 processing.
To order a certified copy of your Marriage Certificate:
IN PERSON | You may complete an application for a certified copy of an Orleans Parish Marriage Certificate at the Vital Records Central Office.
Bring ID and $5 fee.
Currently, by appointment only.
Accept cash, check, or money order as forms of payment (no credit or debit cards).
Service Hours: 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. (excluding state holidays).
BY MAIL | Allow approximately 8-10 weeks for delivery. You may mail your completed request, a copy of your photo identification and correct fees to:
Vital Records Registry
P.O. Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160
The New Orleans Marriage Office is owned by LaToya of Waning Moon Weddings. As a professional Wedding Officiant in the city of New Orleans, she saw a dire need for couples to have access to professional, supportive, and convenient marriage ceremony options.
With a shared foundation of acceptance, genuine celebration, and love - The New Orleans Marriage Office is available for couples from all over the world and from all walks of life.
Your questions, answered.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do we need to bring?
For your appointment, you will need to bring your marriage license paperwork (given at Vital Records or Courthouse), both spouses must be present, witnesses, and appropriate fees.
How long does the appt take?
The actual services are usually quick; license signing - 10 to 15 minutes, office elopement - 15 to 20 minutes, and office elopements + studio - 30 to 45 minutes. However, there is sometimes a wait to have service performed. Appointments are highly suggested. Schedule your appointment here.
How do I change my last name?
Once your receive the certified copy of your marriage license - you will need to take it to the Social Security Office and then to the DMV. Once you have that information changed you can change your name with all other entities (banks, credit cards, online accounts, doctors office, etc).
Is parking available?
Our office has street parking only with wheelchair accessibility through the back entrance of our building. You and your guests can park across the street, in front of the building (when available), or on the road behind our building. Parking is at your own risk and our office absorbs no responsibility for your vehicle or belongings.