The Louisiana Vital Records Registry is not able to accept requests for genealogical research. Birth and death records archived by the Vital Records Registry are confidential and are not public record.They may only be released in accordance with Louisiana law.
Birth records are archived by the Vital Records Registry for 100 years from the year of the event. Death records are archived by the Vital Records Registry for 50 years from the year of the event.
Orleans Parish Marriage records are public records and are archvied for 50 years from the year of the event.
Birth records over 100 years old, death records over 50 years old and Orleans Parish marriage records over 50 years old are public records and may be obtained from Louisiana State Archives at the Secretary of State's office.
If you are the person named on the document, parent of the person named on the document, adult child of the person named on the document, sibling of the person named on the document, grandparent of the person named on the document, adult grandchild of the person named on the document or an attorney for one of the above, you may obtain these documents.
Death certificates may also be released to the named beneficiary of an insurance policy or trust.
When another adult other than the mother or father listed on the certificate is requesting a record, they must present a judgment of custody for the child. Notarized custody papers or provisional custody mandates are not acceptable.
Birth certificates and death certificates are not open records. Birth records are confidential for 100 years. Death records are confidential for 50 years. An ID is required to prove your identity and to prove that you are a qualified applicant.
Louisiana Vital Records Registry may only issue a certified copy of a marriage license purchased in Orleans Parish. If the marriage license was purchased in another parish, you must obtain a certified copy from the Clerk of Court office in that parish.
Louisiana Vital Records does not issue certified copies of divorce decrees. You must obtain a certified copy of a divorce decree from the Clerk of Court office in the parish where the divorce was granted.
Both certificates are legal certified copies of birth records and have a raised seal. However, some agencies or other governmental entities may not accept the birth card for certain purposes. It is recommended that you check with the agency or governmental entity prior to obtaining a birth card to verify that this document will be accepted.
Short-form birth certificates (birth cards) are $9.00 and include the name at birth, date of birth, parish of birth, father's initials, mother's last name and first initial, file date and issue date.
Long-form birth certificates are $15.00 and include the name at birth, date of birth, parish of birth, hospital of birth, mother's residence at time of birth, mother and father's full names, parent's place of birth, age of parents at the time of birth, file date and issue date.
You may send in a written statement signed by an immediate family member listing the birth or death facts of the record you are obtaining. The statement must give permission to Louisiana Vital Records to release a certified copy of the certificate to you. The statement must also identify you by your full name, and you must present a photocopy of your picture ID with along with a photocopy of the immediate family member's picture ID.
Most births are filed electronically; therefore, the birth certificate is available for issuance by the Louisiana Vital Records once the physician electronically certifies the birth record and, if applicable, the Acknowledgment of Paternity is mailed by the hospital and received by Vital Records.
A complimentary certified copy is provided to the parent(s) of newborns, free of charge, shortly after the birth record is registered. However, if you have not received your child's complimentary birth certificate within four months from the date of your child's birth, please call (504) 593-5100.
The bride and/or the groom is required to apply for a marriage license in person.
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