In order to be married, couples must obtain a marriage license from the local Clerk of Court's office. The main office of the Clerk's office is located at 222 St. Louis Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Marriage licenses may be obtained in the basement of the building.  They also have a branch office located at 9050 Airline Hwy., Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Clerk's office can provide great assistance by calling ahead of time to 225-389-3950.

Generally, couples must obtain a license no less than one day before the ceremony as there is a 24 hour waiting period. The waiting period can be waived, but it must be for good cause. The better practice is to obtain the license about 2 weeks before the ceremony. The license expires at the end of 30 days.  Once a license is obtained, you may schedule an appointment for a wedding ceremony.