The state of Louisiana requires individuals to obtain a valid marriage license before being married. Louisiana marriage laws dictate the requirements for applying for a marriage license. Minors must obtain parental consent and, in some cases, a court order. Louisiana does not recognize common law marriages.
Louisiana Marriage Consent Laws
- With Parental Consent: 16 and 17 year-olds wishing to marry in Louisiana must obtain the consent of both parents, unless proof of sole custodianship can be shown. Minors younger than 16 need parental consent and a court order.
- Without Parental Consent: Adults 18 and older can marry in Louisiana without parental consent.
Lousiana Common Law Marriage
Louisiana does not recognize common law marriages.
Louisiana Marriage License
- Residency: No residency requirement.
- Tests: None.
- Identification Required: Certified copies of birth certificates for both parties, plus social security numbers.
- Appearance/Proxy: Proxy marriages are not allowed in Louisiana. However, only one party need be present when applying for the marriage license. They must present a certified birth certificate for the absent party.
- Previous Marriages: Previously married parties must provide a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate when applying for the marriage license.
- Length of License: 30 days from time of issuance, and applicants must obtain the license at least three days prior to the ceremony.
- Fees: Generally $25-$30, depending on the parish.
- Copies: $5 per copy.
- Authorized Louisiana Officiants: Ordained members of the clergy, justices of the peace, and judges.