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Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court - Louis J. Perret
Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court - Louis J. Perret

The Marriage Department is responsible for issuing Marriage Licenses. Pursuant to applicable Louisiana statutes, applicants for Marriage Licenses must provide:

  • $34.50 (CASH) is the total package price for a marriage license. This includes: the marriage license ($27.50), photocopying the birth documents ($1.00), and the certified legal copy of the marriage license ($6.00).

  • A certified copy of their birth certificate or birth card. Foreign documents require a certified English translation. Louisiana birth certificates or birth cards are available in our office. See link to the right for more information.

  • In addition, a photocopy of the birth certificate/card must be retained by the Clerk of Court. You may provide us with a copy. If one is not provided by the couple, the Marriage Clerk will copy each record at a $1.00 fee.

  • Social Security numbers must be provided by law. If no social security number has been issued to an applicant, they must appear in person and sign an affidavit to that effect.

  • Only one party is required to come in to purchase the marriage license, provided they present all documentation for both parties.

  • If either party was previously married, you must show proof of how the marriage ended. This will be either a divorce judgment or death certificate. These documents must be certified.

  • To purchase a marriage license without parental or court intervention you must be of majority age, which is 18 years old. If either party to the marriage is 16 or 17 years of age, the signatures of both parents are required along with their identification. If either party is under the age of 16, a court order signed by a Judge is required, along with the signatures of both parents and their identification.

  • A license generally must be purchased at least 72 hours in advance of the ceremony.

  • An unused marriage license expires 30 days from the date of issue.

  • Blood tests are no longer required to purchase a marriage license.

  • A Louisiana marriage license is valid only for ceremonies performed in the state of Louisiana.

Covenant Marriage Act
Contracting a Covenant Marriage

The couple who chooses to enter into a Covenant Marriage agrees to be bound by two serious limitations on obtaining a divorce or separation. These limitations do not apply to other couples married in Louisiana:

  • The couple legally agrees to seek marital counseling if problems develop during the marriage; and

  • The couple can only seek a divorce or legal separation for limited reasons, as explained herein.


In order to enter into a Covenant Marriage, the couple must sign a recitation that provides:

  • A marriage is an agreement to live together as husband and wife forever;

  • The parties have chosen each other carefully and disclosed to each other "everything which could adversely affect" the decision to marry;

  • The parties have received premarital counseling;

  • A commitment that if the parties experience marital difficulties they commit to take all reasonable efforts to preserve their marriage, including marital counseling; and

  • The couple must also obtain premarital counseling from a priest, minister, rabbi or similar clergyman of any religious sect, or a  professional marriage counselor.

After discussing the meaning of a Covenant Marriage with the counselor, the couple must also sign, together with an attestation by the counselor, a notarized affidavit to the effect that the counselor has discussed with them:

  • The seriousness of a Covenant Marriage;

  • That the commitment to the marriage is for life;

  • The obligation of the couple to seek marital counseling if problems arise in their marriage; and

  • That they have received the informational pamphlet published by the Attorney General entitled "Covenant Marriage Act."

The two documents which comprise the Declaration of Intent - the recitation and the affidavit with attestation - must be presented to the official who issues the marriage license with the couple's application for a marriage license.


In order to obtain a legal separation (which is not a divorce and therefore does not end the marriage), a spouse to a Covenant Marriage must first obtain counseling and then must prove:

  • Adultery by the other spouse;

  • Commission of a felony by the other spouse an