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Are Louisiana Vital Records Open to the Public?

Vital Records in the state of Louisiana are mostly closed records and are only available to a specific set of individuals. However, records that were filed before a specified period are moved to the Louisiana State Archives and records retained in the State Archives are open to the public. Closed records in Louisiana are only available to the person named on the record, immediate family of the person named on the record and legal representatives of an eligible individual. Persons requesting closed Vital Records will need to provide a copy of a valid photo ID when requesting the record.

 

What Information do I need to search for Louisiana Vital Records Online?

When requesting Vital Records, the applicant will need to provide information which must include

  • Name on the person on the record
  • Date of the Event
  • Location of the Event
  • Father’s Name (if applicable)
  • Mother’s maiden name (if applicable)
  • Relationship to the person on the record
  • Copy of valid photo ID
  • Applicant information including full name and mailing address.

Publicly available vital records are also accessible from some third-party websites.* These websites offer the benefit of not being limited by geographical record availability and can often serve as a starting point when researching a specific or multiple records. To find a record using the search engines on these sites, interested parties must provide:

  • The name of someone involved providing it is a not a juvenile
  • The assumed location of the record in question such as a city, county, or state name

*Third-party sites are not government-sponsored websites, and record availability may differ from official channels.

 

What do I need to obtain Louisiana Vital Records?

To obtain closed Louisiana Vital Records the applicant will need to submit an application requesting the Vital Record, along with the correct fees and a copy of a valid photo ID, to the Louisiana Department of Health. To obtain some open Louisiana Vital Records the applicant will need to submit their application to Louisiana State Archives along with the correct fees. Some Vital Records can also be obtained from the Office of the Clerk of the Court of the Parish where the event occurred.

 

What is the difference between a Certified Copy and an Informational Copy?

A certified copy of a Louisiana Vital Record is issued by the Bureau of Vital Records and Statistics and will be on security paper and contain an embossed government seal. These documents can be used for identification and other legal purposes. An informational copy is typically a notification that cannot be used for legal purposes.

Are Louisiana Marriage Records Public Information?

Marriage Records in Louisiana become public information and are thus available to any member of the public after 50 years. Records of Marriage certificates that are less than 50 years and which were obtained in the parish of Orleans are available from the Bureau of Vital Records and Statistics of the Louisiana Department of Health. Records of Marriage certificates which were obtained in a different parish are available from the Office of the Clerk of the Court of that parish.

 

How do I find Louisiana Marriage Records?

Marriage Records less than 50 years and for marriages that occurred in the parish of Orleans are available from the Vital Records Registry. Records less than 50 years, for marriages which occurred in parishes other than Orleans are available from the Clerk of the Court of the parish. Records that are over 50 years are retained at the State Archives.

Orleans Parish Marriage Records can be requested online, by mail or by walk-in applications. Records cost $5 for each copy. All requests must include a completed application form, proper identification, and complete fees. Records can be obtained

In-Person at the

Vital Records Central Office
Suite 400
1450 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Requests for Marriage Records outside the Parish of Orleans should be made at the Office of the Clerk of the Court of the Parish where the marriage occurred.

Requests for Marriage Records for the Parish of Orleans, which are older than 50 years can be submitted to

Louisiana State Archives
3851 Essen lane
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804

Are Louisiana Divorce Records Public Information?

Divorce Records in Louisiana are generally closed records that are available to a select list of individuals. These records are typically available to

  • The couple on the record
  • Adult Siblings of the couple
  • Parents of the couple
  • Adult Children of the couple
  • Grandparents of the couple
  • A legal representative of either spouse

 

How do I find Louisiana Divorce Records?

Louisiana Divorce Records are only available from the Office of the Clerk of the Court in the Parish where the divorce decree was granted. Persons requiring these records will need to contact the appropriate Clerk of the Court to make a request. The person requesting the record will need to provide information which may include

  • Name of Husband on the record
  • Name of Wife on the record (maiden name)
  • Parish where the divorce was filed
  • The date the divorce was filed
  • The date the divorce was finalized
  • Divorce Certificate number

The person requesting the record will need to pay all applicable fees (costs may vary for different parishes) and provide official proof of the relationship with the person on the record before processing of the record will commence. The person requesting the record will also need to provide appropriate identification to receive the record.

Are Louisiana Birth Records Public Information?

Birth Records in Louisiana that are less than 100 years (from the date of filing) are closed records that are only available to eligible individuals. These records are only available to

  • The person named on the document
  • The current spouse of the person named on the document
  • A parent of the person named on the document
  • An adult child of the person named on the document
  • An adult sibling of the person named on the document
  • Grandparents of the person named on the document
  • An adult grandchild of the person named on the document
  • An attorney representing one of the above with a signed contract of representation or authorization.

Louisiana law indicates that Birth Records become public information 100 years after their filing date and are retained at the State Archives.

 

How do I find Louisiana Birth Records?

Louisiana Birth Records which were filed less than 100 years ago can be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Health. Requests for closed Birth Records can be made in-person, by mail or online. A fee of $9 is charged for the short-form copy and $15 for the long-form copy of the certificate on record. Mail-in requests also carry an additional state charge of $0.50 for each order. All requests for Birth Records must include proper identification, appropriate fees, and a completed application.

In-Person requests can be placed by bringing the completed application, fees and identification to

Vital Records Central Office
Suite 400
1450 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

In-Person Requests can also be made at participating Louisiana Clerks of the Court or Vital Records kiosks. Additional fees may apply for these options. Walk-in services accept cash, check, money order, and credit/debit cards as forms of payment. Office hours are Monday to Friday, from 8 .a.m to 3:30 p.m..

Mail requests for Louisiana Birth Records require that the applicant mails the application with the complete fee and appropriate form of identification to

Bureau of Vital Records
P.O. Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70610

Mail requests will incur an additional $0.50 state charge and cash is not accepted. The applicant should allow 8-10 weeks for delivery.

Louisiana Birth Records which are older than 100 years can be requested from

Louisiana State Archives
3851 Essen lane
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804

Are Louisiana Death Records Open to the Public?

Death Records in Louisiana which are less than 50 years (from the date of filing) are confidential and only available to specified parties, who must show evidence of their eligibility to receive the records. These records are available to

  • Surviving spouse of the person named on the document. (Must be listed as the Surviving Spouse on the document)
  • Parents of the person named on the document
  • An adult child of the person named on the document
  • An adult sibling of the person named on the document
  • Grandparents of the person named on the document
  • An adult grandchild of the person named on the document
  • A person named in a court proceeding as a member of the immediate or surviving family of the person named in the certificate.
  • The beneficiary of an insurance policy or trust (must have a signed copy of the policy listing applicant as beneficiary).
  • A succession representative.

Louisiana Death Records become open to the public after 50 years from the filing of the record and are retained by the State Archives.

 

How do I find Louisiana Death Records?

Death Records in Louisiana, for which less than 50 years have passed since the filing of the record can be obtained from the Bureau of Vital records. Requests for records can be made online, by mail or in-person. A fee of $7 will be charged for this record. All requests must include a completed application form, complete payment, and appropriate identification.

In-Person requests can be made by bringing the completed application, fees and the proper identification to

Vital Records Central Office
Suite 400
1450 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Records may also be obtained from participating Louisiana Clerks of Court and Vital Records kiosks statewide. These options might incur additional fees. Cash, checks, money order, and credit/debit cards are accepted as forms of payment for walk-in services. Office hours are Monday to Friday, from 8 .a.m to 3:30 p.m..

For Mail-in requests, send completed application form with the appropriate fee (Do not send cash by mail) and a copy of proper identification to

Bureau of Vital Records
P.O. Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70610

Requests by mail will incur an additional state charge of $0.50 and applicants should allow for 8-10 weeks for delivery.

How do I find Sealed Vital Records?

Typically Louisiana Vital Records are not sealed when filed with the Bureau of Vital Records and Statistics. For Vital Records which have been sealed and had their access restricted even to eligible individuals, the only recourse is for the applicant to file a request to have the record unsealed. This must be done at the court which ordered the sealing the record.

Louisiana State Archives

State Archives

Contact: (504) 226-5632

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  • Marriage Records
  • Divorce Records
  • Death Records
  • Birth Records
  • Criminal Records
  • Assets
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  • Bankruptcies
  • Judgments
  • Liens
  • Public Records
  • Addresses
  • Phone Numbers
  • Relatives & Associates

Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

Louisiana

Louisiana

  • State Archives holds over 80,000 cubic feet of records.
  • There are 2 levels of Courts: trial and appellate.
  • There are five circuits. Each circuit is subdivided into three districts.
  • The District Courts of Louisiana are the main trial courts of general jurisdiction.
  • Louisiana has 42 judicial districts, each with its own district court. Each of the districts serves at least one parish and has at least one district judge. Each district elects a chief judge.
  • The highest Court in Louisiana is Louisiana Supreme Court.

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