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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 North Parkerson Ave.
Crowley, Louisiana

Acadia Parish website »

Allen Parish

400 West 6th Avenue
Oberlin, Louisiana

Allen Parish website »

Ascension Parish

300 Houmas Street
Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Ascension Parish website »

Assumption Parish

4809 Hwy 1
Napoleonville, Louisiana

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

Avoyelles Parish

301 North Main Street
Marksville, Louisiana

Avoyelles Parish website »

Beauregard Parish

P. O. Box 100
Deridder, Louisiana

Beauregard Parish website »

Bienville Parish

100 Court House Drive
Arcadia, Louisiana

Bienville Parish website »

Bossier Parish

204 Burt Blvd., Third Floor
Benton, Louisiana

Bossier Parish website »

Caddo Parish

501 Texas St., Room 103
Shreveport, Louisiana

Caddo Parish website »

Calcasieu Parish

1000 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Calcasieu Parish website »

Caldwell Parish

201 Main Street, Suite 1
Columbia, Louisiana

Caldwell Parish website »

Cameron Parish

119 Smith Circle, Room 21
Cameron, Louisiana

Cameron Parish website »

Catahoula Parish

301 Bushley St., Room 101
Harrisonburg, Louisiana

Catahoula Parish website »

Claiborne Parish

512 East Main St.
Homer, Louisiana

Claiborne Parish website »

Concordia Parish

4001 CARTER STREET, SUITE 5
VIDALIA, Louisiana

Concordia Parish website »

De Soto Parish

101 Texas Street
Mansfield, Louisiana

Phone: (318) 925-6655
Fax: (318) 925-6658
De Soto Parish website »

East Baton Rouge Parish

222 St. Louis Street, Room B115
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

East Baton Rouge Parish website »

East Carroll Parish

400 First St., Suite 3
Lake Providence, Louisiana

East Carroll Parish website »

East Feliciana Parish

12305 St. Helena St.
Clinton, Louisiana

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

Evangeline Parish

200 Court St., Suite 104
Ville Platte, Louisiana

Evangeline Parish website »

Franklin Parish

6500 Main Street
Winnsboro, Louisiana

Franklin Parish website »

Grant Parish

200 Main Street
Colfax, Louisiana

Grant Parish website »

Iberia Parish

300 Iberia St.
New Iberia, Louisiana

Iberia Parish website »

Iberville Parish

58050 Meriam St
Plaquemine, Louisiana

Iberville Parish website »

Jackson Parish

500 East Court Avenue
Jonesboro, Louisiana

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

Jefferson Davis Parish

300 North State Street Room 106
Jennings, Louisiana

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

Jefferson Parish

200 Derbigny St., Room 2100
Gretna, Louisiana

Jefferson Parish website »

La Salle Parish

1050 Courthouse St.
Jena, Louisiana

La Salle Parish website »

Lafayette Parish

800 So. Buchanan St.
Lafayette, Louisiana

Lafayette Parish website »

Lafourche Parish

303 West Third Street
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Lafourche Parish website »

Lincoln Parish

100 West Texas Ave.
Ruston, Louisiana

Lincoln Parish website »

Livingston Parish

20180 Iowa St.
Livingston, Louisiana

Livingston Parish website »

Madison Parish

100 North Cedar Street
Tallulah, Louisiana

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

Morehouse Parish

100 East Madison
Bastrop, Louisiana

Morehouse Parish website »

Natchitoches Parish

200 Church St., Suite 104
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Natchitoches Parish website »

Orleans Parish

421 Loyola Avenue, Room 402
New Orleans, Louisiana

Orleans Parish website »

Ouachita Parish

301 South Grand Street, Suite 104
Monroe, Louisiana

Ouachita Parish website »

Plaquemines Parish

301 Main St., Suite 108
Belle Chasse, Louisiana

Plaquemines Parish website »

Pointe Coupee Parish

201 East Main St.
New Roads, Louisiana

Pointe Coupee Parish website »

Rapides Parish

701 Murray Street
Alexandria, Louisiana

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

Red River Parish

615 E Carroll Street
Coushatta, Louisiana

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

Richland Parish

708 Julia St., Suite 103
Rayville, Louisiana

Richland Parish website »

Sabine Parish

400 South Capital Room 102
Many, Louisiana

Sabine Parish website »

St. Bernard Parish

9061 W. Judge Perez Drive
Chalmette, Louisiana

St. Bernard Parish website »

St. Charles Parish

15045 River Road
Hahnville, Louisiana

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

St. Helena Parish

369 Sitman St # 101
Greensburg, Louisiana

Phone: (225) 222-4514
Fax: (225) 222-3443
St. Helena Parish website »

St. James Parish

5800 LA Hwy 44 2nd Floor
Convent, Louisiana

Phone: (225) 562-2275
Fax: (225) 562-2383
St. James Parish website »

St. John the Baptist Parish

2393 Hwy 18
Edgard, Louisiana

St. John the Baptist Parish website »

St. Landry Parish

118 South Court St.
Opelousas, Louisiana

St. Landry Parish website »

St. Martin Parish

415 St. Martin St.
Martinville, Louisiana

St. Martin Parish website »

St. Mary Parish

500 Main St.
Franklin, Louisiana

St. Mary Parish website »

St. Tammany Parish

701 North Columbia St.
Covington, Louisiana

St. Tammany Parish website »

Tangipahoa Parish

318 NW Railroad Ave # A
Hammond, Louisiana

Tangipahoa Parish website »

Tensas Parish

201 Hancock St.
St. Joseph, Louisiana

Tensas Parish website »

Terrebonne Parish

7856 Main St., Room 100
Houma, Louisiana

Phone: (985) 873-8376
Fax: (985) 868-5143
Terrebonne Parish website »

Union Parish

100 East Bayou, Suite 105
Farmerville, Louisiana

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

Vermilion Parish

100 North State Street Suite 101
Abbeville, Louisiana

Vermilion Parish website »

Vernon Parish

215 S 4th St
Leesville, Louisiana

Vernon Parish website »

Washington Parish

908 Washington St.
Franklinton, Louisiana

Washington Parish website »

Webster Parish

410 Main St.
Minden, Louisiana

Webster Parish website »

West Baton Rouge Parish

850 8th Street
Port Allen, Louisiana

West Baton Rouge Parish website »

West Carroll Parish

305 East Main St., Room 101
Oak Grove, Louisiana

West Carroll Parish website »

West Feliciana Parish

4785 Prosperity Street
St. Francisville, Louisiana

West Feliciana Parish website »

Winn Parish

110 West Main Street Room 103
Winnfield, Louisiana

Phone: (318) 628-3515
Fax: (318) 628-3527
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