The Clerk of Court is able to aid couples in their marriage preparation by providing the marriage license. The license, which expires thirty days from the date of issuance, must be obtained at least seventy-two hours prior to the wedding ceremony. The cost of acquiring a license is twenty-seven dollars and fifty cents.
The following documentation
is required effective January 1, 2016:
Marriage license application forms are available on our website
and in our office at 850 8th Street, Port Allen.
Both parties must apply.
Applications must be signed
and sworn to by both parties before a deputy clerk or notary public. An exception does exist for members of
the U.S. armed forces when a copy of the military ID card of the absent
party is provided.
Each party's social security number is required. If a party is not a U.S. citizen or
lawful resident, that party must submit a valid and unexpired passport
from his or her country of birth or an unexpired visa accompanied by U.S.
The number of previous marriages and, if applicable, whether
divorced or not. You must know the
month and year of any prior divorce.
Widows and widowers must know the month and year of the death of
their former spouse.
Covenant marriage declaration documentation (if applicable).
If born in Louisiana or a state or territory of the United States,
a certified copy of the birth certificate under the seal of the state or
If born outside the United States or its territories, a certified
copy of the birth certificate under the raised seal or stamp of the proper
registration authority and a valid and unexpired passport or an unexpired
visa accompanied by U.S. Form I-94.
Additionally if the birth certificate is not in English, a
translated copy containing the translator's sworn declaration that he or
she is fluent in the language of the applicant's birth and that the
translation is true and accurate as presented.
If no birth record exists, a letter by the proper registration
authority of the state, territory, or country of birth must be presented
under the raised seal or stamp of the registration authority. The letter must state a thorough search
was made and no birth record was located.
The letter and proof of birth facts must then be submitted to a
A valid and unexpired driver's license or government issued
A valid and unexpired passport from the country of the applicant's
birth or an unexpired visa accompanied by U.S. Form I-94.
Louisiana law states both parties must be eighteen years of age to marry without parental consent. Applicants sixteen and seventeen years of age must have the written consent of both parents. Applicants under the age of sixteen must have authorization from a district court judge in addition to the written consent of both parents.
While marriage licenses may be obtained from any parish Clerk of Courtís office throughout the state of Louisiana, West Baton Rouge Parish is unique in its offering of the Poydras Fund dowry. The program, sponsored by the West Baton Rouge Parish Council, is available to females who have resided in West Baton Rouge Parish for the previous five years prior to their marriage. Additional information is available upon request.