How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Louisiana
Occasionally in life, you will need a copy of your birth certificate to verify your identity, citizenship or age. Some of the reasons might be applying for a job, joining the military or some other government agency, or some other legal purposes.
If you were born in Louisiana, just follow the process below to obtain a copy of your birth certificate easily.
The state of Louisiana considers itself a “closed record” state meaning that birth records are not available to the public. You have to apply to obtain access to them and be one of the following:
- The person named in the document and 18 years or older.
- The spouse of the person named on the document.
- The parent of the person named in the document.
- The child of the person listed on the document.
- A sibling of the person on the birth record.
- A grandparent of the person of birth.
- A grandchild of the person on record.
- An attorney representing the person listed on the record.
Louisiana offers you three ways to obtain a copy of your birth certificate: by mail, in person or by the Internet/fax/phone.
First, you must download and complete the application. You may then choose to visit the central office in person between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at:
1450 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
If you choose to order your copies through the mail, send your completed application along with payment of the fees to:
Vital Records Registry
PO Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160
Mail orders take between 8-10 weeks for processing.
You must pay a non-refundable $15 fee when applying for a copy. When applying in person, you may pay with cash, check or money order.
You also have the option of using an online service such VitalChek.com to search for and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker.