How to Elope in New Orleans

*UPDATE: to learn how to elope in New Orleans during COVID-19 (coronavirus), please see an updated post here.*

We’ve already talked about why you’d want to elope in New Orleans, so let’s get to the nitty gritty of how!

How do I get a marriage license in New Orleans?

You can obtain an Orleans Parish marriage license by visiting one of the these two offices:

  1. Orleans Parish Marriage Office (in downtown New Orleans) 1450 Poydras Street (Benson Tower) 4th Floor
    New Orleans, LA 70112. They’re open M-F from 8:15am-3:15pm. You can give them a call at 504-593-5100.
  2. Second City Court (in historic Algiers Point) – 225 Morgan Street New Orleans, LA 70114. They’re open M-F from 9am-2pm but they take a lunch break from 1130-1pm.

What documents do I need to have?

  • Current driver’s license, current state ID or passport
  • Certified copies of birth certificates (no photocopies!)
  • Social Security numbers (no cards required, you just need to know the numbers) If you are not a US citizen, bring your passport!
  • If previously married, a certified copy of the final divorce decree
  • If widowed, a certified copy of death certificate
  • ALSO! You both need to be there in person to receive a marriage license

When do I need to get the license?

You need to get your marriage license at least 24 hours before the ceremony, and you can use the license for up to 30 days after you’ve obtained it. *IF* you are not a Louisiana resident, you can obtain a waiver for the 24 hour waiting period that your officiant fills out and returns to the office with your completed marriage license.

How much does a New Orleans marriage license cost?

$27.50 for the license (no credit cards accepted – cash, check, or money order only), and $5 each for a certified copy.

You can download and fill out these documents in advance to visiting the office:

Orleans Parish Marriage License Application

Official Orleans Parish Marriage License Requirements

Orleans Parish 24 Hour Waiver Form

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