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MARRIAGE LICENSE INFORMATION

Applications must be made in person by the bride, groom or both. 

Locations

Marriage Licenses are issued at the following locations in East Baton Rouge Parish,
open 7:30 a.m until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except legal holidays:

Downtown Clerk of Court
Public Service Department
East Baton Rouge Parish City Hall/Governmental Building
222 St. Louis Street, Room B115
Baton Rouge, LA  70802
(225) 389-3950

Coursey Clerk of Court Branch Office
Public Service Department
10500 Coursey Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Baton Rouge, LA  70816
(225) 293-2933

Marriage Licenses are issued at the following location in East Baton Rouge Parish, 
Monday through Friday, except legal holidays:

Baker Municipal Annex
1320 Alabama Street
Baker, LA  70714
(225) 778-1866
open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing in order to allow time for processing.

If you are applying at the Baker office, please call in advance to ensure that applications can be issued at your preferred arrival time.

General Information

Marriage Licenses obtained in East Baton Rouge Parish are valid only for ceremonies performed in Louisiana; however, applicants do not need to be Louisiana residents.

A 72 hour waiting period between time of issuance of the Marriage License and the ceremony applies.  Marriage Licenses are valid for thirty (30) days from the date of issuance.

Requirements

  1. Applicant(s) appearing in person must provide current picture identification.

  2. Both applicants must provide:

    • An original or a certified copy of their birth certificate written or translated in English, or if naturalized, a Naturalization Certificate or a certificate of search from vital records. (see Birth Certificates below.)
    • NON-CITIZENS need an original or certified copy of their birth certificate written or translated in English or a valid passport.  A RESIDENT ALIEN CARD WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
    • parents’ full names, including mothers' maiden names
    • birth state of each parent
    • social security numbers (will be redacted on documents available for public viewing)       
                                                                                                                                
  3. Any applicant under 18 years of age must obtain parental consent (see Applicants Under 18 below).

  4. Any applicant who has previously been married must provide a certified copy of the Judgment of Divorce or a certified copy of the Death Certificate of applicant's former spouse.

Fees

$27.50 for Marriage License
$5.50 for each certified copy (to be mailed after completion)

Fees must be paid by a Credit Card, Cash, Cashier's Check or Money Order made payable to:
EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH CLERK OF COURT.

A service fee of 3% will be added to each credit card payment.  (R.S. 33:2933).

Please note that Credit Cards are not accepted at the Baker office, only Cash, Cashier's Check or Money Order.

PERSONAL CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED

 

Online Application Worksheet

Applicants are encouraged to complete the ONLINE APPLICATION WORKSHEET prior to arriving at the location to save time.

The ONLINE APPLICATION WORKSHEET should not be completed more than 15 days prior to your arrival at the location.

Click here to fill out an ONLINE APPLICATION WORKSHEET

 

Applicants Under 18

Applicants under age 16 must obtain a court order from a court with jurisdiction over juvenile matters.

Applicants under age 18 must be accompanied by both parents, who must provide current picture identification.  If either parent has sole legal custody of the applicant or is deceased, a certified copy of the judgment granting sole custody or a death certificate must accompany the application.  If both parents are deceased, the legal guardian(s) must give consent with proof of guardianship.

Parents of applicants under age 18 must bring with them an original or certified copy of an affidavit of parental consent, executed before a notary public.

 

Covenant Marriage

Applicants for a covenant marriage must have completed premarital counseling.  Click here for more information about Louisiana Laws on Community Property and Covenant Marriage provided by the Louisiana Department of Justice.

 

Birth Certificates

Certified copies of birth certificates can be obtained from the Vital Records Registry for the state or country of your birth.  If you were born in Louisiana contact:

Vital Records Registry
1450 Poydras, Suite 400
New Orleans, LA 70160
(504) 593-5100

Health Unit
353 N. 12th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 242-4864

An applicant who has legally changed his/her name must present a birth certificate with the corrected name.

If your birth certificate is not in English, you must also present a notarized translation.

If Vital Records is unable to locate your birth certificate, you must: 1) present a certificate from the Vital Records agency in the parish/county in which you were born attesting to the search, and 2) a waiver from a Justice of the Peace, City Court Judge, Family Court Judge, Juvenile Court Judge or District Court Judge in East Baton Rouge Parish.

 

Death Certificates

Certified copies of death certificates can be obtained from the Vital Records Registry for the state or country where the death occured.  For Louisiana records, please use the contact information found in the previous section for the Vital Records Registry in New Orleans.

 

Judgments of Divorce

To obtain a certified copy of a judgment of divorce, contact the court of jurisdiction in the state and parish/country in which you obtained the divorce.  If the judgment was obtained in East Baton Rouge Parish, our Public Service Department can assist you at (225) 389-3950.

If the judgment was obtained in another parish in Louisiana, contact the Clerk of Court in that parish for information.  The Other Clerks link will provide you with a statewide contact list for Louisiana.

 

Questions and Further Information

If you have any questions, please call our Downtown office at (225) 389-3950 or our Coursey branch office at (225) 293-2933 and someone will be happy to assist you.