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Louisiana Public RecordsLouisiana has a long and varied past, having been owned by France and named for King Louis XIV before being bought in the famous Louisiana Purchase by the U.S. in 1803. Today, many records are available, both historic and current, to the public. Louisiana birth records and death records are restricted, however. These can be requested from the state Department of Health and Hospitals only by authorized individuals. Other Louisiana public records, like marriage and divorce records, and civil and criminal court records, are available from individual Clerks of Court. The Louisiana State Police control access to criminal records, which are also restricted. Only the person of record may request personal criminal records. To access genealogical Louisiana public records, visit the State Archives to access Louisiana military records, vital and cemetery records and some obituaries. The State Archives is located in Baton Rouge.

  • Louisiana birth records and death records are restricted and may be requested from the Department of Health and Hospitals in person, by mail or through VitalChek online, by phone or fax.
  • Louisiana Clerks of Court offer access to marriage, divorce and court records. Some might have online capabilities, but this depends on the parish. Most requests are accepted in person or by mail.
  • Louisiana criminal records are restricted to the person of record and may be requested from the State Police by mail. Fingerprints are required.
  • Louisiana military records, cemetery and vital records and limited obituaries are available to the public at the State Archives in Baton Rouge.  Some of these Louisiana public records can be accessed online.
  • About Louisiana Public Records

    Although Louisiana is considered a closed records state due to its restrictions on birth, death and criminal records, these may still be obtained. Louisiana birth records are released to the public after 100 years, and death records are released after 50 years, when they are moved to the State Archives. Only restricted vital records are maintained in the state repository at the Department of Health and Hospitals, which can be released to the person of record, immediate family members or legal representatives for a fee.

    Louisiana public records also include unrestricted access to marriage records and divorce records through individual Clerks of Court. These must be requested from the parish where the event occurred (Louisiana has parishes instead of counties). Although some Clerks of Court might offer online access, most records must be requested in person, by mail or phone.

    Accessing Free Public Records in Louisiana

    There is no central database of court records in Louisiana available. Instead, you must visit the specific Clerk of Court associated with the parish where the event occurred in order to access court records. Available under the Clerks of Court are access to civil court records, criminal and family court records, which include divorce records. While some parishes might offer online access to free public records in Louisiana, most require copies of Louisiana court records to be made in person, by mail or phone.

    Louisiana free public records are limited due to the closed record status of the state. Although viewing most Louisiana court records in person is a free service, there will always be a charge for copies. Whereas criminal records are protected in Louisiana, performing a criminal court records search at individual Clerks of Court can paint a picture of someone’s criminal history.

    Historic Louisiana Public Records Search

    The Louisiana State Archives in Baton Rouge is open to the public. Their vast records collection is important for anyone performing family history research of Louisiana ancestors. Included in their collection are Louisiana military records, including Freedom Train records, from various conflicts of an historic and more current nature. A Louisiana public records search will also yield Louisiana cemetery records in various formats for cemeteries across the state. Limited obituaries for Louisiana are also available as is a vast vital records collection. Some Louisiana birth records available date back to 1790, which are specific to Orleans Parish.

    Anyone may visit the Archives in person to conduct research. However, if an in-person visit isn’t feasible, the Archives accepts research requests by mail, phone, email or fax. Online is a link to their request form that should be filled out. This is a fee-based service, which is helpful to those wanting access to Louisiana genealogical records, but can’t make it to Baton Rouge to conduct research in person.



     
    State of Louisiana Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    4,796,410

     
    Under 18:
    1,560,079

     
    Over 65:
    522,334

     
    Employed:
    2,028,439

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    43,561.85

     
    Acres of Farms:
    7,664,830

     
    Births:
    60,937

     
    Deaths:
    44,355

     
    Infant Deaths:
    529

     
     
    Murder:
    527

     
    Forcible Rape:
    1,232

     
    Robbery:
    5,994

     
    Assault:
    21,191

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    28,944

     
    Burglary:
    43,320

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    111,567

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    13,743

     
    Total Property Crime:
    168,630

     
    Louisiana Public Records Locations
    Louisiana State Police
    Traffic Records Unit - A27
    PO Box 66614
    Baton Rouge, LA 70896
    Phone:
    225-925-6157

    Fax:
    225-925-4922










    Attorney General's Office
    LA Department of Justice
    PO Box 94005
    Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9005
    Phone:
    225-326-6705

    Fax:
    225-326-6797










     
    Vital Records Registry
    Office of Public Health
    PO Box 60630
    New Orleans, LA 70160
    Phone:
    504-219-4500

    Fax:
    866-761-1855










    Commercial Division
    Corporation Department
    PO Box 94125
    Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125
    Phone:
    225-925-4704

    Fax:
    225-922-0435










     
    Vital Records Registry
    Office of Public Health
    PO Box 60630
    New Orleans, LA 70160
    Phone:
    504-219-4500

    Fax:
    866-761-1855










    Dept of Public Safety and Corrections
    Office of Motor Vehicles
    PO Box 64886
    Baton Rouge, LA 70896
    Phone:
    877-368-5463

     
    225-925-6388

    Fax:
    225-925-6915










     
    Div of Family, Career, and Technical Education
    GED Program
    PO Box 94064
    Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064
    Fax:
    225-219-4439










    Office of the Governor
    PO Box 94004
    Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9004
    Phone:
    225-342-0991

    Fax:
    225-342-7099










     
    Department of Public Safety and Corrections
    PO Box 94304
    Attn: Office of Adult Services
    Baton Rouge, LA 70804
    Fax:
    225-342-3349










    Louisiana House (Senate) Representative
    State Capitol, 2nd Floor
    PO Box 44486
    Baton Rouge, LA 70804









     
    State Police
    Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry
    PO Box 66614, Box A-6
    Baton Rouge, LA 70896
    Phone:
    225-925-6100

     
    800-858-0551

    Fax:
    225-925-7005










    Secretary of State
    Division of Archives, Records Mgt, & History
    3851 Essen Lane
    Baton Rouge, LA 70809-2137
     
    225-922-1200

    Fax:
    225-922-0433










     
    Judicial Administrator
    Judicial Council of the Supreme Court
    400 Royal Street, Suite 1190
    New Orleans, LA 70130-8101
    Phone:
    504-310-2550

    Fax:
    504-310-2587










    Secretary of State
    UCC Records
    PO Box 94125
    Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125
     
    225-922-1193

    Fax:
    225-922-0452










     
    Department of Public Safety & Corrections
    Office of Motor Vehicles
    PO Box 64886
    Baton Rouge, LA 70896
    Phone:
    225-925-7198

     
    877-368-5463

    Fax:
    225-925-4256










    Louisiana Secretary of State
    Elections Division
    PO Box 94125
    Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125
    Phone:
    225-922-0900

    Fax:
    225-922-0945










     
    Department of Labor
    Office of Workers' Compensation
    PO Box 94040
    Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9040
    Phone:
    800-201-3457

    Fax:
    225-342-7582