PROCESS YOUR LOUISIANA MARRIAGE LICENSE
SAME DAY LICENSE SIGNING & ELOPEMENTS AVAILABLE
Our personable & supportive office team honors genuine love. We provide services for non-denomination, multi-faith, religious, or secular unions. We also perform services for same sex, transgender, non-binary, and/or queer couples. Si habla espanol.
Come as you are. Family and children are welcome.
License Signing (2 witnesses) - $150
Office Elopement (up to 10 guests) - $200
• We accept cash, money order, or charge ($5.95 service fee for credit/debit)
• 24-hour waiver provided
• No appointment needed but suggested
How To Obtain An Orleans Parish Marriage License
Couples are responsible for completing a "marriage application" and getting the marriage license paperwork before coming to our office. For a complete list of all parish offices visit the link here.
You can pick up an Orleans Parish marriage license at these locations:
ORLEANS PARISH (CBD NEAR SUPERDOME)
1450 POYDRAS STREET, SUITE 407
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70112
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Certified Copy (Mailed):
IMMEDIATE LICENSE PROCESSING AVAILABLE AT THIS LOCATION ONLY.
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):
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 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 a license without the exact documents they require. Visit here for additional information on exact requirements.
24 HOUR WAIVER
Louisiana requires you to apply for the license 24 hours before the wedding day. If you are unable to do so, we will provide the 24 hour waiver. It is returned when the signed license is sent to Vital Records. You do not need to go to a judge to get the waiver.
Foreign identification is strictly enforced. Please visit the Orleans Parish website for more detailed instructions
RECEIVING THE CERTIFIED COPY
All Orleans Parish marriage licenses must be returned and filed with Vital Records for state recording. If our office files your marriage license with Vital Records, then the certified copy of your marriage license 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.
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.
How to Order a Certified Copy
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.
Walk-in services only accept cash, check, or money order as forms of payment (no credit or debit cards).
Walk-in Service Hours: 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. (excluding state holidays).
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
Our Elopement Studio
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 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).
CAN YOU PROVIDE WITNESSES?
Yes, we can provide witnesses with advanced notice. However, whenever possible, we ask that you bring your own.
CAN I COME AFTER OFFICE HOURS?
We recognize that sometimes, things to be done after regular work hours. Yes, you can schedule an appointment after hours (depending on availability) and the fee must be paid at the time of scheduling.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The actual services are usually quick; license signing - 10 minutes, office elopement - 12 to 15 minutes. However, there is sometimes a wait to have service performed. Appointments are highly suggested. Schedule your appointment here.
IS THIS WHERE WE GET THE LICENSE APPLICATION?
This office DOES NOT issue the marriage license applications or the certified copies. This office is not affiliated with the Louisiana Department of Health or any of its entities. New Orleans Marriage Office is an independent company that provides marriage license signing services. All signings are completed by a Louisiana state registered officiant that has been ordained, as a member of clergy, by a non-denominational ministry.