The Vital Records Registry of the Louisiana Department of Health maintains birth records only for births that occurred in Louisiana. Currently, the Louisiana Vital Records Registry maintains birth records from 1907 to the present. Birth records were not required statewide by law until 1918.
Louisiana is a "closed record" state. This means that birth and death certificates are not public records. All requests for birth or death certificates must include proper identification. A list of acceptable identification documents is defined at: http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/636
Information on obtaining birth certificates, forms, instructions, who can order documents, list of regional offices, fees and payments is available from the Vital Records Registry of the Louisiana Department of Health at: http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/635
How to order a birth certificate
In person: Complete an application for a certified copy of a birth certificate, bring your photo identification and correct fees to a Vital Records Central Office:
Address: 1450 Poydras Street, Suite 400, New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 593-5100
By mail: Mail the completed application for a certified copy of a birth certificate, a copy of your photo identification and correct fees to:
Center for Records and Statistics
PO Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160
Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.
Online, by fax, and phone: You can also order a certified copy online from the VitalChek Network, an authorized service provider. A major credit card is needed to place orders through VitalChek Network. There are additional fees when using this service provider or requesting expedited services at:
Participating Louisiana Clerks of Court also offer certified copies of birth records at locations around the state. There is an additional fee for this service. A directory list of these Clerks of Court is available at: http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/directory/category/279
For additional information, contact the Vital Records Registry Customer Service at 504-593-5100.
Louisiana State Archives
The only birth records that are currently available at the Archives prior to 1911 are from Orleans Parish. Statewide birth records (other than Orleans Parish) begin in 1911, but are not comprehensive for all parishes.
Web site: http://www.sos.la.gov/HistoricalResources/ResearchHistoricalRecords/Pages/OnlinePublicVitalRecordsIndex.aspx
Public Vital Records, Louisiana State Archives
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125
Phone: (225) 922-1207