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Effective Monday, May 18, 2020, our office will be open to the public with normal hours of operation from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Office hours on Fridays will be 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. These hours will remain as is until further notice. Occupancy in the Clerk’s office will be limited to no more than 25% of the Fire Marshall’s allowed occupancy rate. Anyone entering the Clerk's office must wear a face mask while in the office of the Clerk of Court. This is for the continued protection of my staff, as well as customers. Thank you for your cooperation with this request and your patience during this time.
Our office will continue to issue marriage licenses and birth certificates by appointment only Monday thru Friday. Please call 985-873-8376 for more information or to make an appointment.
We can no longer accept appointments for passport applications effective March 18, 2020. Once we have been notified that we can resume issuance, that information will be posted to this site. You can go to www.travel.state.gov for more information.
NOTICE TO ALL PERSONS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR BEFORE JUDGE WALKER, DIVISION B (Posted 5/15/20)
For all Felony court beginning Monday, May 18, 2020, Division "B", please click here.
NOTICE TO ALL PERSONS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR BEFORE JUDGE ARCENEAUX, DIVISION D (Posted 5/8/2020)
By order of the Louisiana Supreme Court, all court appearances have been canceled for the week of May 11 through May 15, 2020. However, all persons scheduled to appear in court before Judge Arceneaux during that week must report to Judge Arceneaux‘s courtroom on June 1, 2020, between the hours of 9:00 AM and noon, instead. You will receive no other notice. When you appear on June 1, proper health and safety measures will be observed.
ALL Jury duty is cancelled through June 30, 2020.
We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this time!
Marriage License Department
THE MARRIAGE LICENSE DEPARTMENT ONLY ACCEPTS CASH FOR PAYMENT.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS IN THIS DEPARTMENT.
The Marriage License Department is now located at 310 Church St.,
directly across the street on the west side of the Old Courthouse building.
Supervisor: Dawn Hebert
The Marriage License/Birth Certificate Department is responsible for the issuance of Marriage Licenses and certified copies of Birth Certificates and issuance of birth cards.
Pursuant to applicable Louisiana Statutes, applicants for a Marriage License must meet the following requirements:
State certified copy of either a birth certificate or birth card for both parties. If either party was born out of the country, a translated notarized birth certificate along with a valid state ID card or driver’s license.
Proof of age-applicants must be 18 years old or older.
A minor sixteen or seventeen years of age may not enter into a matrimonial agreement without judicial authorization and the written concurrence of his father and mother, or of the parent having his legal custody, or of the tutor of his person.
A minor sixteen or seventeen years of age may not contract marriage with a person of the age of majority where there is an age difference of three years or greater between them.
No marriage license for a minor of the age of sixteen or seventeen shall be issued where there is an age difference of three years or greater between the persons seeking the marriage license.
Licenses must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance of the ceremony. (Effective 8-1-2018)
A Marriage License expires thirty (30) days from the date of issue if not used.*
Licenses obtained in Louisiana may only be used in Louisiana.
Fees: The cost is $40.00, plus $5 for any additional attachments (waiver, translation, etc.)-cash only. Checks are not accepted. No credit cards accepted.
A medical certificate is not required.
Original driver's license, passport, or government issued identification.
A TWIC card is NOT acceptable as a form of identification.
BEFORE YOU COME IN OR CALL, CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF REQUIREMENTS FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE!
CLICK HERE TO PRINT OUT THE APPLICATION TO FILL OUT BEFORE YOU COME IN TO OUR OFFICE.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS REFER TO LA R. S. 9:225-228.
Note: All marriage licenses must be returned to the Clerk of Court’s Office within thirty (30) days of issuance.
*A marriage license expires and becomes invalid at midnight thirty (30) days after the date of issuance.
If the service is postponed, you must turn in the old license and purchase a new one.
COVENANT MARRIAGE ACT
To apply for a marriage license under the Covenant Marriage Act, the couple must comply with all of the above requirements as stated above for a Marriage License. In addition, the couple must receive premarital counseling from clergy of any religious sect or from a professional marriage counselor, which counseling includes:
A discussion of the seriousness of Covenant Marriage.
The obligation of a Covenant Marriage to take reasonable efforts to preserve the marriage if marital difficulties arise.
That each party has read the pamphlet entitled “The Covenant Marriage Act” developed and promulgated by the Office of the Attorney General.
A Declaration of Intent must be signed by the clergy or counselor and brought to the Office of the Clerk of Court.
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