Whether you need your birth certificate to enroll in school or obtain a passport, if your parents did not keep your birth
record, you will have to get it yourself. No two states are the same in how they store birth records. Here are the steps
to obtaining a birth record.
You must determine where you were born. Your birth record will often be in the county where you were
Once you determine the county and state, you have to find out which agency in that area keeps the records.
In many states, the Department of Health is responsible for keeping the birth records. In some states births are recorded at local
After you find out who has the birth record, you need to determine the policy for obtaining a copy. Some
larger states will allow you to order a copy of your birth certificate online. If you order a birth record online,
you have to wait for it to be mailed. Most states however, will require you to apply in person. Some states have
extended the requirement to allow immediate family members to pick up the records. Make sure you ask about fees as most
states charge for copies of birth certificates.
You can make the task of searching for birth
records easier. You can eliminate an important step by searching for
birth records online. How does it work?
- Find a reputable online record search company that has
access to birth records.
- Fill out your information. Reputable
companies will keep your information confidential.
Learn about the specific payment plans. In
many cases, if you are just looking for one birth record, it
will cost less than $20. If you need a lot of birth records,
you can sign up for a plan that will give you unlimited
searches for less than $50.
You will not be able to purchase a copy of the
birth record from an online search service, you will be able to find
the birth record faster. An online record search company stores
birth records from across the country in one place. You won’t have
to call agency after agency in different parts of your state or in
different parts of the country. By the time you get ready to request
the birth record of make the drive to health department, you will
know that the record is in that county.
Local Information for the State of Louisiana:
Louisiana Center for Records and Statistics consists of official records of birth, death, fetal death, and Orleans Parish marriage
records. Vital statistics reporting today includes descriptions of live births, spontaneous fetal deaths, induced terminations of
pregnancy, total deaths, infant deaths, maternal deaths, marriage, and divorce.
Louisiana Center for Records and Statistics
Department of Health and Hospitals
628 N. 4th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
The Louisiana Secretary of State has an online search for various vital records. The database includes deaths that occurred in
Louisiana between 1911–1960. The database also contains older death records for some parishes, such as deaths that occurred in
Jefferson parish before 1911, and deaths that occurred in Orleans parish as early as 1804.
A second database includes births that occurred in Orleans Parish between 1819–1907. The database also contains birth records for
births that occurred in Orleans parish as early as 1790.
A third database has Orleans Parish marriage records from 1870–1960. Searching for marriages that took place from 1831–1869
may produce results with dates and names of spouses taken from the official marriage index, but individual marriage records for this
period do not exist in the archives.