Orleans Parish Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Numbers

The City of New Orleans and Orleans Parish are coterminous and share the same government, law enforcement agencies, and departments. In 2017, the consolidated city-parish recorded 157 homicides, 575 rapes, 1,308 robberies, and 2,417 aggravated assaults. Reported incidences of property crimes include 2,229 burglaries, 12,107 larceny-thefts, and 2,531 motor vehicle thefts.

Compared to 2013, homicide rate rose slightly (0.6%) in Orleans Parish in 2017 while rape (226.7%), robbery (14.9%), aggravated assault (61.7%), larceny theft (31.9%), and motor vehicle theft (18.1%) rates recorded significant gains. The five-year crime trend for the city-parish also shows that burglary (30.4%) was the only crime to decline between 2013 and 2017.

Criminal Records

Contact the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information of the Louisiana State Police (LSP) to order a statewide criminal background check. This Bureau provides public access to the LSP’s criminal history database online. You can search this database by using the Internet Background Check tool provided on the LSP website. Note that you need to register with the site before searching the database.

In addition to a name-based criminal history record search, the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information also offers fingerprint-based criminal history check. This service is for employers and medical boards in Louisiana. Qualifying employers need to submit or mail a completed General Disclosure form and a completed Authorization form to:

Louisiana State Police
Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information
P.O. Box 66614 (Mail Slip A-6)
Baton Rouge, LA 70896

State agencies and medical boards requesting background checks must apply using the Rap Disclosure form in place of the General Disclosure.

The Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information charges $26 for each criminal history check. It accepts cashier’s check, money order, and pre-printed business check for payment. Those submitting their requests in person at the Louisiana State Police Headquarters can pay with credit cards.

The New Orleans Police Department also accepts requests for background checks and offers criminal history reports that cover arrests and jail time in Orleans Parish. To obtain this local criminal history report, submit a Request for Criminal History/Background Check form to:

New Orleans Police Department
Records and Identification Department
715 South Broad Street #201
New Orleans, LA 70119

Include a copy of your driver’s license or state identification card as well as a check or money order for $5 payable to the City of New Orleans.

The New Orleans Police Department also provides copies of police reports for the city-parish. To request for an incident report and other public records of the Police Department, visit the City of New Orleans Public Record Requests web portal. Alternatively, make your request in person by visiting the Records and Identification Division of the Police Department, located on the first floor of 715 South Broad Street, New Orleans. The Division accepts requests from the public on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30pm. Accident reports are available for purchase from BuyCrash.com.

The Louisiana State Police maintains a database of registered sex offenders living, working, and attending school in the cities and parishes of the state. To find registered offenders in Orleans Parish, visit the Louisiana Sex Offender Registry and click New Orleans Police Department in the list of law enforcement agencies on the page. The search tools on the New Orleans page allows you to find registered sex offenders by name, email address, phone number, zip code, and street address.

The Orleans Justice Center is the main Parish jail in Orleans Parish. There is also the Temporary Detention Center. Below are the addresses of both correctional facilities:

Orleans Justice Center (OJC)
2800 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 202-9339

Temporary Detention Center (TDC)
3200 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

Run by the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, you can search for inmates incarcerated in both facilities using the Inmate Query tool on the Sheriff’s website. For inmate information, call the Sheriff’s Office Automated Interactive Voice Response Inquiry System at (504) 827-6777.

Friends and family can fund inmates’ accounts by making deposits on The Tiger Deposit website. Navigate to the Orleans Parish page and select Web Deposits.

Court Records

The highest courts in Orleans Parish are the District Courts. The Civil District Court occupies a separate courthouse from the Criminal District Court and has a different Clerk of Court. Below are the addresses and contact information of both courts:

Orleans Parish Civil District Court
421 Loyola Avenue, Room 402,
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 407-0000
Fax: (504) 592-9128

Orleans Parish Criminal District Court
2700 Tulane Avenue,
New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone: (504) 658-9000
Fax: (504) 658-9183

You can view Civil Court records on the Online Records webpage of the website of the Clerk of the Orleans Parish Civil District Court. Other available records are land, mortgage, and conveyance records. This portal also provides access to the records of Orleans Parish First City Court. Note that users need to subscribe to access these records. The Clerk offers daily, monthly, and annual subscriptions for $25, $100, and $700 respectively. You can also subscribe to Online Records in person at the Clerk’s Office located at:

Clerk of Civil District Court
421 Loyola Avenue, Room 402
New Orleans, LA 70112

The office is open to the public from Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You can also get copies of civil case records at the Clerk’s Office. The fee for regular copies is $1 per page while certified copies cost $3 per page. Cash, money order, and Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express credit/debit cards are accepted.

To request access to the records of the Criminal District Court, visit the offices of the Clerk of Court in Suites 104 and 210 of 2700 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans. You may also call the Clerk’s Office using the phone number listed above for the Criminal District Court.

Orleans Parish also has a Juvenile Court, two City Courts, and a Municipal and Traffic Court. Listed below are their addresses and contact information:

Orleans Parish Juvenile Court
1100-B Milton Street
New Orleans, LA 70122
Phone: (504) 658-9500
Fax: (504) 658-9556

First City Court
421 Loyola Avenue., Room 201
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 407-0400
Fax: (504) 592-9281

Second City Court
225 Morgan Street
Clerk's Office: Room 206
New Orleans, LA 70114
Phone: (504) 407-0435
Fax: (504) 366-2970

New Orleans Municipal and Traffic Court
727 South Broad Street,
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 658-8500

Vital Records

The Clerk of the Civil District Court maintains divorce judgement in Orleans Parish. To get a copy of your divorce record, visit the Clerk’s Office at 421 Loyola Avenue, Room 402 New Orleans, LA 70112. You may also call the Clerk’s Office at (504) 407-0000. The Clerk charges $1 per page for plain copies of divorce judgement and $3 per page for certified copies. Fees are payable with cash, money order, and Mastercard/Visa/Discover/American Express credit/debit cards.

The Vital Records of Louisiana Department of Health issues certified copies of Orleans Parish marriage certificates. To obtain one, visit the Vital Records Central Office located at:

1450 Poydras Street
Suite 400
New Orleans, LA 70112

Bring along your photo ID and applicable fees and complete an Application for Certified Copy of Orleans Parish Marriage Certificate. This office accepts requests between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Alternatively, you can send a mail request that includes the completed application, photocopy of your photo ID, and fee to:

Vital Records Registry
P.O. Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160

The fee for each certified copy of marriage license is $5. Add 50 cents when requesting for the record by mail. Cash, check, and money order are accepted for walk-in requests. Send a check or money order payable to Louisiana Vital Records when submitting a mail request.

The Louisiana Vital Records Registry also provides copies of birth and death certificates for Orleans Parish. Follow the same procedures when ordering these vital records in person or by mail. However, bring or send a completed Application for Certified Copy of Birth/Death Certificate.

The fee for each certified copy of birth record is $15 while a birth certificate and birth card costs $24. Each death certificate costs $7. Include a check or money order in a mail request and make it payable to Louisiana Vital Records.