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Louisiana Marriage Laws

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Louisiana. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Louisiana. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of Louisiana.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: Yes
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 3 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 30 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: By Expiration

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Louisiana

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Louisiana

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

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3 License to Marry in Louisiana

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in Louisiana to get an Ordination Package and add a Letter of Good Standing to her or his order. Minister registration is required in Louisiana. You will need to present the documents in the Ordination Package and your Letter of Good Standing to the Parish clerk before the marriages you perform will be accepted as having been legally solemnized. As an added bonus, having this proof of your ordination will also provide peace-of-mind to any couple that you intend to marry. Additionally, please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

Parish courts will grant temporary licenses for wedding officiants in Louisiana, but these licenses are expensive and only last for a month. By getting ordained online with the Universal Life Church you can save money and be legally authorized to perform valid Louisiana weddings for life.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Louisiana

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Louisiana marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 30 days, and there is a 3-day mandatory waiting period between when the couple receives the marriage license in Louisiana and when the ceremony may be legally performed. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office by its date of expiry. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Louisiana, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new Louisiana wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.


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Louisiana Marriage Code

Marriage in Louisiana is governed by Title 9 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes. Ministers who got ordained online with the Universal Life Church have successfully solemnized thousands of weddings in the state. Below, you will find that we have reproduced a relevant excerpt of this code.
§202. Authority to perform marriage ceremony

A marriage ceremony may be performed by:

(1) A priest, minister, rabbi, clerk of the Religious Society of Friends, or any clergyman of any religious sect, who has attained the age of majority and is authorized by the authorities of his religion to perform marriages, and who is registered to perform marriages;

(2) A state judge or justice of the peace.

Acts 1987, No. 886, §3, eff. Jan. 1, 1988; Acts 1997, No. 73, §1; Acts 2014, No. 651, §1.

View the Louisiana Statutes on the official state site
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Acadia Parish

500 N.E. Court Cir.
P.O. Box 922
Crowley, Louisiana
70527

Phone: (337) 788-8881
Fax: (337) 788-1048
Acadia Parish website »

Allen Parish

400 West Sixth Avenue
P.O. Box 248
Oberlin, Louisiana
70655

Phone: (337) 639-4351
Fax: (337) 639-2030
Allen Parish website »

Ascension Parish

300 Houmas Street
P.O. Box 192
Donaldsonville, Louisiana
70346

Phone: (225) 473-9866
Fax: (225) 473-8641
Ascension Parish website »

Assumption Parish

4809 LA Highway 1
P.O. Drawer 249
Napoleonville, Louisiana
70390

Phone: (985)369-6653
Fax: (985)369-2032
Assumption Parish website »

Avoyelles Parish

301 N. Main St.
P. O. Box 219
Marksville, Louisiana
71351

Phone: (318) 253-7523
Fax: (318) 253-4614
Avoyelles Parish website »

Beauregard Parish

201 W. First St., Courthouse
P. O. Box 100
DeRidder,, Louisiana
70634

Phone: (337) 463-8595
Fax: (337) 462-3916
Beauregard Parish website »

Bienville Parish

100 Courthouse Dr.
Arcadia,, Louisiana
71001

Phone: (318) 263-2123
Fax: (318) 263-7426
Bienville Parish website »

Bossier Parish

204 Burt Blvd.
P. O. Box 430
Benton,, Louisiana
71006

Phone: (318) 965-2336
Fax: (318) 965-2713
Bossier Parish website »

Caddo Parish

501 Texas St.
Shreveport,, Louisiana
71101

Phone: (318) 226-6788
Fax: (318) 629-1105
Caddo Parish website »

Calcasieu Parish

1000 Ryan St.
P. O. Box 1030
Lake Charles,, Louisiana
70602

Phone: (337) 437-3558 ext.123
Fax: (337) 437-3350
Calcasieu Parish website »

Caldwell Parish

201 Main St.
P. O. Box 1327
Columbia,, Louisiana
71418

Phone: (318) 649-2272
Fax: (318) 649-2037
Caldwell Parish website »

Cameron Parish

119 Smith Circle
P. O. Box 549
Cameron,, Louisiana
70631

Phone: (337) 775-5316
Fax: (337) 775-7172
Cameron Parish website »

Catahoula Parish

301 Bushley St.
P. O. Box 654
Harrisonburg,, Louisiana
71340

Phone: (318) 744-5497
Fax: (318) 744-5488
Catahoula Parish website »

Claiborne Parish

512 E. Main St.
P. O. Box 330
Homer,, Louisiana
71040

Phone: (318) 927-9601
Fax: (318) 927-2345
Claiborne Parish website »

Concordia Parish

4001 Carter St.
P. O. Box 790
Vidalia,, Louisiana
71373

Phone: (318) 336-4204
Fax: (318) 336-8777
Concordia Parish website »

De Soto Parish

101 Texas St.
P. O. Box 1206
Mansfield,, Louisiana
71052

Phone: (318) 872-3110
Fax: (318) 872-4202
De Soto Parish website »

East Baton Rouge Parish

10500 Coursey Blvd.
Baton Rouge,, Louisiana
70816

Phone: (225) 295-4765
Fax: (225) 295-4750
East Baton Rouge Parish website »

East Carroll Parish

400 First St.
Lake Providence,, Louisiana
71254

Phone: (318) 559-2399
Fax: (318) 559-0037
East Carroll Parish website »

East Feliciana Parish

12305 St. Helena St.
P. O. Drawer 599
Clinton,, Louisiana
70722

Phone: (225) 683-5145
Fax: (225) 683-3556
East Feliciana Parish website »

Evangeline Parish

200 Court St.
P. O. Drawer 347
Ville Platte,, Louisiana
70586

Phone: (337) 363-5671
Fax: (337) 363-5780
Evangeline Parish website »

Franklin Parish

6550 Main St.
P. O. Box 1564
Winnsboro,, Louisiana
71295

Phone: (318) 435-5133
Fax: (318) 435-5134
Franklin Parish website »

Grant Parish

200 Main St.
P. O. Box 263
Colfax,, Louisiana
71417

Phone: (318) 627-3246
Fax: (318) 627-3201
Grant Parish website »

Iberia Parish

300 Iberia St.
P. O. Drawer 12010
New Iberia,, Louisiana
70562

Phone: (337) 365-7282
Fax: (337) 369-2928
Iberia Parish website »

Iberville Parish

58050 Meriam St.
P. O. Box 423
Plaquemine,, Louisiana
70765

Phone: (225) 687-5160
Fax: (225) 687-5260
Iberville Parish website »

Jackson Parish

500 E. Court St.
P. O. Box 730
Jonesboro,, Louisiana
71251

Phone: (318) 259-2424
Fax: (318) 395-0386
Jackson Parish website »

Jefferson Davis Parish

300 State St.
P. O. Box 799
Jennings,, Louisiana
70546

Phone: (337) 824-1160
Fax: (337) 824-1354
Jefferson Davis Parish website »

Jefferson Parish

200 Derbigny St.
P. O. Box 10,
Gretna,, Louisiana
70054

Jefferson Parish website »

La Salle Parish

1050 Courthouse St.
P. O. Box 1316
Jena,, Louisiana
71342

Phone: (318) 992-2158 ext 21
Fax: (318) 992-2157
La Salle Parish website »

Lafayette Parish

800 S. Buchanan St.
P. O. Box 2009
Lafayette,, Louisiana
70502

Phone: (337) 291-6368
Fax: (337) 291-6392
Lafayette Parish website »

Lafourche Parish

303 W. Third St.
P. O. Box 818
Thibodaux,, Louisiana
70302

Phone: (985) 447-4841
Fax: (985) 447-5800
Lafourche Parish website »

Lincoln Parish

100 W. Texas Ave.
P. O. Box 924
Ruston,, Louisiana
71273

Phone: (318) 251-5130
Fax: (318) 255-6004
Lincoln Parish website »

Livingston Parish

20180 Iowa St.
P. O. Box 1150
Livingston,, Louisiana
70754

Phone: (225) 686-2216 ext. 5009
Fax: (225) 686-1867
Livingston Parish website »

Madison Parish

100 N. Cedar St.
P. O. Box 1710
Tallulah,, Louisiana
71284

Phone: (318) 574-0655
Fax: (318) 574-3961
Madison Parish website »

Morehouse Parish

100 E. Madison St.
P. O. Box 1543
Bastrop,, Louisiana
71221

Phone: (318) 281-3343
Fax: (318) 281-3775
Morehouse Parish website »

Natchitoches Parish

200 Church St.
P. O. Box 476
Natchitoches,, Louisiana
71458

Phone: (318) 352-8152
Fax: (318) 352-9321
Natchitoches Parish website »

Orleans Parish

2700 Tulane Ave.
New Orleans,, Louisiana
70119

Phone: (504) 658-9000
Fax: (504) 658-9183
Orleans Parish website »

Ouachita Parish

300 St. John St.
P. O. Box 1862
Monroe,, Louisiana
71210

Phone: (318) 327-1444
Fax: (318) 327-1462
Ouachita Parish website »

Plaquemines Parish

301 Main St.
P. O. Box 40
Belle Chasse,, Louisiana
70037

Phone: (504) 297-5180
Fax: (504) 297-5151
Plaquemines Parish website »

Pointe Coupee Parish

201 E. Main St.
P. O. Drawer 38
New Roads,, Louisiana
70760

Phone: (225) 638-9596
Fax: (225) 638-9590
Pointe Coupee Parish website »

Rapides Parish

701 Murray St.
P. O. Box 952
Alexandria,, Louisiana
71309

Phone: (318) 473-8153
Fax: (318) 473-4667
Rapides Parish website »

Red River Parish

615 E. Carroll St.
P. O. Box 485
Coushatta,, Louisiana
71019

Phone: (318) 932-6741
Fax: (318) 932-3126
Red River Parish website »

Richland Parish

708 Julia St.
P. O. Box 119
Rayville,, Louisiana
71269

Phone: (318) 728-4171
Fax: (318) 728-7020
Richland Parish website »

Sabine Parish

400 S. Capital St.
P. O. Box 419
Many,, Louisiana
71449

Phone: (318) 256-6223
Fax: (318) 256-9037
Sabine Parish website »

St. Bernard Parish

1100 W. St. Bernard Hwy.
P. O. Box 1746
Chalmette,, Louisiana
70044

Phone: (504) 271-3434
Fax: (504) 278-4380
St. Bernard Parish website »

St. Charles Parish

15045 River Rd.
P. O. Box 424
Hahnville,, Louisiana
70057

Phone: (985) 783-6632
Fax: (985) 783-2005
St. Charles Parish website »

St. Helena Parish

369 Sitman St.
P. O. Box 308
Greensburg,, Louisiana
70441

Phone: (225) 222-4521
Fax: (225) 222-3443
St. Helena Parish website »

St. James Parish

5800 La. Hwy. 44
P. O. Box 63
Convent,, Louisiana
70723

Phone: (225) 562-2270
Fax: (225) 562-2383
St. James Parish website »

St. John the Baptist Parish

2393 La. Hwy. 18
P. O. Box 280
Edgard,, Louisiana
70049

Phone: (985) 497-3331
Fax: (985) 497-6941
St. John the Baptist Parish website »

St. Landry Parish

118 S. Court St.
P. O. Box 750
Opelousas,, Louisiana
70571

Phone: (337) 942-5606 ext 103
Fax: (337) 948-9158
St. Landry Parish website »

St. Martin Parish

415 Saint Martin St.
P. O. Box 750
St. Martinville,, Louisiana
70582

Phone: (337) 394-2210 ext. 5
Fax: (337) 394-7772
St. Martin Parish website »

St. Mary Parish

500 Main St.
P. O. Drawer 1231
Franklin,, Louisiana
70538

Phone: (337) 828-4100a ext. 200
Fax: (337) 828-2509
St. Mary Parish website »

St. Tammany Parish

701 N. Columbia St.
P. O. Box 1090
Covington,, Louisiana
70434

Phone: (985) 809-8723
Fax: (985) 809-8725
St. Tammany Parish website »

Tangipahoa Parish

110 N. Bay St.
P. O. Box 667
Amite,, Louisiana
70422

Phone: (985) 748-4146
Fax: (985) 748-6503
Tangipahoa Parish website »

Tensas Parish

201 Hancock St.
P. O. Box 78
St. Joseph,, Louisiana
71366

Phone: (318) 766-3921
Fax: (318) 766-3926
Tensas Parish website »

Terrebonne Parish

7856 Main St.
P. O. Box 78
Houma,, Louisiana
70361

Phone: (985) 868-7113
Fax: (985) 868-8166
Terrebonne Parish website »

Union Parish

100 E. Bayou St.
Farmerville,, Louisiana
71241

Phone: (318) 368-3055
Fax: (318) 368-3861
Union Parish website »

Vermilion Parish

100 N. State St.
Abbeville,, Louisiana
70510

Phone: (337) 898-1992 ext. 243
Fax: (337) 898-9803
Vermilion Parish website »

Vernon Parish

215 S. Fourth St.
P. O. Box 40
Leesville,, Louisiana
71496

Phone: (337) 238-1384
Fax: (337) 238-9902
Vernon Parish website »

Washington Parish

Courthouse, Main & Washington Sts.
P. O. Box 607
Franklinton,, Louisiana
70438

Phone: (985) 839-4663
Fax: (985) 839-3116
Washington Parish website »

Webster Parish

410 Main St.
P. O. Box 607
Franklinton,, Louisiana
70438

Phone: (985) 839-4663
Fax: (985) 839-3116
Webster Parish website »

West Baton Rouge Parish

850 Eighth St.
P. O. Box 107
Port Allen,, Louisiana
70767

Phone: (225) 383-0378
Fax: (225) 383-3694
West Baton Rouge Parish website »

West Carroll Parish

305 E. Main St.
P. O. Box 1078
Oak Grove,, Louisiana
71263

Phone: (318) 428-3281
Fax: (318) 428-9896
West Carroll Parish website »

West Feliciana Parish

4785 Prosperity St.
P. O. Box 1843
St. Francisville,, Louisiana
70775

Phone: (225) 635-3794
Fax: (225) 635-3770
West Feliciana Parish website »

Winn Parish

100 Main St.
Winnfield,, Louisiana
71483

Phone: (318) 628-3515
Fax: (318) 628-3527
Winn Parish website »