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      RS 9:224     


§224. Application; information required

            A. The application for a marriage license provided by R.S. 9:223, and containing all of the following information, shall be sworn to and signed by both parties before a notary public, deputy clerk, or deputy registrar:

            (1) The date and hour of the application.

            (2) The full name, residence, race, and age of each party.

            (3) The names of the parents of each party.

            (4) The number of former marriages of each party, and whether divorced or not.

            (5) The relationship of each party to the other.

            (6) Each party's social security number, if both parties were born in any state or territory of the United States or are naturalized citizens of the United States.

            (a) If a party does not have a social security number issued by the United States Social Security Administration because the party is not a citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States, the party shall present either of the following:

            (i) A valid and unexpired passport from the country of his birth.

            (ii) An unexpired visa accompanied by a Form I-94 issued by the United States.

            (b) The state registrar of vital records and the officiant shall maintain confidentiality of social security numbers. Notwithstanding the provisions of R.S. 44:1 et seq. the clerk of court shall maintain the confidentiality of a party's social security number in an application for a marriage license provided a request is made to the clerk in writing by the party at the time of application.

            (7) An acknowledgment that each party is free to marry pursuant to Louisiana law, that the information contained in the application is true and correct, and that each party understands that falsification of the application shall constitute the filing of false public records pursuant to R.S. 14:133.

            B.(1) Both applicants are not required to execute the application at the same time, provided that each applicant executes the application before a notary public as required by R.S. 9:224(A).

            (2) A member of the armed forces of the United States shall not be required to sign the application required by Subsection A of this Section if the co-applicant attaches a copy of the military identification card of the member. If both applicants are members of the armed forces of the United States, only one applicant shall be required to sign the application, but that applicant shall attach a copy of the military identification card of the co-applicant not signing the application.

            (3) In the event of extenuating circumstances, and after a finding that the parties have complied with all other requirements, for good cause shown, a judge of the First or Second City Courts of the city of New Orleans, a family court judge, a juvenile court judge, a district court judge, a city court judge, or a justice of the peace may order an issuing official within the territorial jurisdiction of his court to issue a marriage license with the notarized signature of only one of the applicants. The written order shall be attached to the marriage application.

            C. In cases wherein the parties intend to contract a covenant marriage, the application for a marriage license must also include the following statement completed by at least one of the two parties:

            "We, [name of intended husband] and [name of intended wife], do hereby declare our intent to contract a Covenant Marriage and, accordingly, have executed a declaration of intent attached hereto."

            D. Upon request, the state registrar shall provide the information required in this Section to the agency charged with implementing a program of family support in accordance with R.S. 46:236.1.1 et seq., which shall maintain the confidentiality of the information.

            E. The failure of the application to contain the signatures of both parties shall not affect the validity of the covenant marriage if the declaration of intent and accompanying affidavit have been signed by the parties.

            Acts 1987, No. 886, §3, eff. Jan. 1, 1988; Acts 1997, No. 1380, §2; Acts 1998, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 8, §1, eff. April 24, 1998; Acts 1999, No. 1298, §1; Acts 2015, No. 436, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2016.

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