The Louisiana Vital Records Registry maintains death records only for deaths that occurred in Louisiana. Currently, the Louisiana Vital Records Registry maintains death records from 1957 to the present. Death records older than 50 years are available at the Louisiana State Archives.
Louisiana is a "closed record" state. This means that birth and death certificates are not public records. Information on obtaining death certificates, forms, instructions, who can order documents, list of regional offices, fees and payments is available from the Vital Records Registry at
Order in person
You may complete an application for a certified copy of a birth certificate, bring your photo identification and correct fees to the Vital Records Central Office or a Vital Records Service Center.
Order by mail
Mail the completed application for a certified copy of a death certificate, a copy of your photo identification and correct fees to:
Vital Records Registry
PO Box 60630
New Orleans, LA 70160
Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Order online, by phone, or fax
You may use a major credit card to place internet, fax or telephone orders through VitalChek Network, an authorized service provider. There are additional fees when using this service provider or requesting expedited services.
Order online using the VitalChek Network or by calling 1-877-605-8562.
You can check the status online or by calling 1-877-605-8562.
If the death occurred more than 50 years ago, you must submit your order to the Louisiana Secretary of State:
Secretary of State Vital Records
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125
Phone: (225) 922-2012
For additional information, contact the Vital Records Registry using the information provided below.