REQUIREMENTS FOR MARRIAGE
Eighteen (18) - Legal age in Louisiana to obtain a marriage license without parental consent.
Male and female sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) years of age - the parents must appear with him/her, show proper identification. Minors under the age of sixteen (16) must also obtain written authorization to marry from the judge of juvenile court in the parish where the minor lives or the marriage ceremony is to be performed.
Photostatic copies of birth certificates are required for proof of age. Social security numbers are required.
A seventy-two (72) hour waiting period is required between the time of license purchase and the performance of the ceremony. License may be used in any parish in the state.
A Covenant Marriage requires the same as above in addition to premarital counseling and. two documents: declaration of intent and affidavit signed by couple, counselor and notary.
Licenses may be purchased from the Clerk of Court's office on weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office is closed on Saturday and Sunday. The fee for a marriage license is $26.00 cash or credit card.
Two (2) witnesses are required to sign the marriage license at the time of the ceremony.
The license is valid for thirty (30) days; if not used, it must be returned to the Clerk's Office to be renewed. An additional fee is charged for renewal. If the license is not used, it should be returned to be cancelled off the books. The fee is not refunded.
The original marriage license is given to the married couple by the minister and the certificate of marriage is mailed to the Clerk's Office for recording.
Ministers are required to register with the Clerk of Court according to Act 229 of 1952.
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Our Marriage License records go back to 1838. A certified copy of a marriage license is $6.46.
Please send requests to:
Caddo Parish Clerk of Court
Attention: Marriage Department
501 Texas Street, Room 103
Shreveport, LA 71101
Or you may call 318-226-6789 to order a copy and pay over the phone with a credit card.
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