Your wedding day is approaching soon! The bakery is confirmed, tuxedos have arrived, and all bridesmaids dresses have been altered and picked up. Everything is falling into place! Now, what makes it all official is the marriage license, but where do you get that? The good news for you, Tangi Brides, is that there are two locations that you can go to secure a marriage license! One in Amite and one in Hammond.
You can go to the Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court at 110 N Bay Street, Suite 100, Amite, LA 70422. This office phone number is (985) 748-4146. The Hammond Branch is also available to pick up a marriage license at 318-A NW Railroad Avenue, Hammond, LA 70401. To get in contact with the Hammond Branch, call (985) 549-1638.
Amid COVID-19, business producers are a bit different so we recommend calling the location you plan on going to to see what they are requiring and to make sure you have everything you’ll need. For example, right now, if you are going to receive a license in Hammond, you must arrive before 3:30 pm. And, it is recommended that you book an appointment with the office.
Now that you know where to go, let’s talk about the details of what you need to bring! You and/or your partner must bring the Completed Application for Marriage License, $35 made payable to the Clerk of Court by cash, check, or credit card, and the original or certified copy of both applicants' birth certificate. If either applicant was not born in the United States, he or she must present their original birth certificate, in English or translated to English. In place of a birth certificate, a certificate of naturalization can also be accepted! Whichever applicant brings the above items, must show a valid US state-issued driver’s license or government-issued ID.
When going to get your marriage license, you can’t show up on the way to your wedding, bridal party in tow! It is recommended to go to the Clerk of Court the Monday before your wedding to allow time to receive the license. You must obtain the license at least 24 hours before the ceremony. For example, if you’re getting married Saturday at 6:00 pm, you must get the license by Friday at 6:00 pm! If you obtain a marriage license in Louisiana, it may only be used when getting married in Louisiana.
Once you receive the license, it expires within 30 days of the issue date. Don’t linger in turning it in after the ceremony, but don’t worry, we’ll cover that soon!
On your wedding day, you’ll want to make sure that your marriage license is in the hands of someone you trust! Following the ceremony, five signatures will need to be on the marriage license. The officiant, the happy couple, and two witnesses. Typically, the witnesses are the best man and maid of honor; however, you and your partner can choose whichever two witnesses you’d like to sign! Just keep in mind that they have to be 18 years old or older.
Following the ceremony, your officiant will complete the steps to turn in your marriage license. Once you return home from your fabulous honeymoon, your official marriage certificate should be waiting for you in your mailbox. This is what will be needed to change your name and begin your wonderful married life!