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Kinship Navigator - Birth Certificates
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, appropriate fees, and a completed application.
Who May Order A Birth Certificate?
- The person named on the document;
- The current spouse of the person named on the document;
- Mother or father of the person named on the document;
- An adult child of the person named on the document;
- Sister/brother of the person named on the document;
- Grandmother or grandfather of the person named on the document;
- Grandchild of the person named on the document; or,
- An attorney representing one of the above with a signed contract of representation or authorization.
When another adult other than the legally entitled individuals listed above is requesting the record of a child, they must present a judgment of custody for the child. Notari zed custody papers or provisional custody mandates are not acceptable.
What is proper identification?
Persons who apply for a certified copy of a birth certificate must produce identification in the form of one primary document or two secondary documents.
- Primary Documents
- Current state issued driver's license that displays a photograph which clearly identifies the applicant.
- Current state issued picture identification that displays a photograph which clearly identifies the applicant.
- Current U.S. military identification card that displays a photograph which clearly identifies the applicant.
- Current U.S. issued or Foreign issued Passport.
- U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550, N-570 or N-578).
- U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-578).
- High School Students - a current school yearbook or current school identification document with a photograph which clearly identifies the applicant.
- Secondary Documents
- Current student picture identification card from a college or university when accompanied by a 100% fee paid receipt for the current semester. (COUNTS AS TWO DOCUMENTS)
- A W-2 form issued within the last two years plus an original signed Social Security Card . The Social Security numbers must match. (COUNTS AS TWO DOCUMENTS)
- Social Security card.
- Original adoption papers.
- Official certified deeds or title to property.
- Certificate of vehicle title.
- Insurance policy must show name of the applicant (Health, Home, Life, and Auto).
- Payroll stub (cannot be handwritten) showing the name and social security number of the applicant.
How can you obtain a Louisiana birth certificate?
There are three ways to obtain a Louisiana birth certificate:
- In Person
- Vital Records Central Office in New Orleans
1450 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
- Participating Louisiana Clerks of Court - additional fees apply.
- Vital Records Kiosks - additional fees apply
- Bureau of Vital Records and Statistics
P.O. Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160
- Internet, Fax, and Telephone - VitalChek Network
- (877) 605-8562
What about a child in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)?
The DCFS worker will provide you with a certified birth certificate.
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