How to Get a Certified Copy of a Louisiana Birth Certificate


Many people store their birth certificate in an unsafe place in their house, often forgetting the location very soon after. Since a copy of a birth certificate is necessary to obtain documents like a passport or marriage license, you will have to replace your birth certificate if it is lost. Obtaining a certified copy of your birth certificate in the state of Louisiana is a relatively easy process and can be done either in person at a Vital Records Service Center walk-in location or from the comfort of your own home using the Internet.

  • Download the Application For Certified Copy of Birth/Death Certificate document (see Resources below). Print and complete. There is a $9 or $15 fee for getting a copy of a Louisiana birth certificate depending on whether you choose a short or long-form birth certificate.

  • Take the completed form, a photo I.D. (see list of acceptable identification resources in Resources section below) and the appropriate fees to a Vital Records Service Center walk-in location. Your request should be filed within one day of your visit. Use the appropriate link in the Resources section below to find a service center near you.

  • Mail the completed form, appropriate fees and a copy of an acceptable photo identification to the Vital Records Registry at:
    Vital Records Registry
    PO Box 60630
    New Orleans, LA  70160

    Fees can be paid by check or money order. Personal checks must be made out to the Vital Records Registry. You will receive a copy of your birth certificate within 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Use VitalChek to obtain a copy of a Louisiana birth certificate over the Internet. You will need a credit card and a scanned copy of your photo I.D. in order to use the service. Along with the $15 fee for the long-form birth certificate, you will need to pay a credit card authorization fee.

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