State law in Louisiana states that all birth records and death records become public records 100 years after their date of filing
and become available at the state archives. Records can be retrieved by mail, online, or by visiting one of the multiple locations.
Certified documents cost $9 for a short copy $15 dollars for the long birth certificate and $9 dollars for each death certificate.
Vital Records Registry
PO Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160
• Vital Record Locations
Marriage and divorce certificates are not all available through the state archives. Only Orleans Parish marriage records within
the last 50 years are available through the Vital Records Registry. All records performed more than 50 years ago must be had
from the Office of the Secretary of State. All marriage and divorce records can be ordered from the Office of the Clerk of Court
from each parish.
All adoption records including original birth certificates are considered confidential records. The state maintains a voluntary
registry for exchange of vital information and medical history.
The Louisiana Voluntary Adoption Reunion Registry
Post Office Box 3318
Baton Rouge, LA 70821