Louisiana Birth Records Search

Louisiana’s Department of Health, Vital Records Office collects and issues all birth records for the state. They have been keeping Louisiana birth records since 1918, but they have some records dating back further.
Louisiana considers birth records to be “closed” therefore only the following people can obtain a copy of your Louisiana birth record: You, if you are 18 or older, your current spouse, mother or father, your adult child, adult siblings., grandparents, grandchildren and your attorney with legal authorization.

When you are getting a copy of a birth record that is not yours, you must present notarized documentation proving the relationship and your interest in the record.
You will also need your name and address information along with information about the person on record including:
Full name of the person on record, mother’s maiden name, date of birth, father’s full name, city of birth and gender.
You will also need to sign the application and prove your identity with a valid, photo ID like driver’s license, passport or military ID.

Types of Louisiana Birth Records

Louisiana offers two types of birth records that you can choose between.

  • Standard Certified Copy - this copy is $15 and is legal to use to verify your identity when applying for school, the military or getting a passport or driver’s license.
  • Birth Certificate & Card - this package includes the standard certified birth certificate along with a wallet-sized card you can carry around with you to prove your identity when needed.

Louisiana can also supply you with Apostille copies of your birth record if needed.

Louisiana Population

Louisiana has a population of 4.68 million people. Located in the Deep South, Louisiana is best known for its highly cultural city of New Orleans. It ranks 27th overall in the country regarding population with an annual growth rate of 0.75%.

Regarding landmass, Louisiana has an area of 51,839 square miles, making it the 31st largest state in the U.S. In terms of population density, there are approximately 105 people per square mile. The state was initially part of the Louisiana Territory until 1812 when it became a U.S. state.

State Population
1 birth every 500 seconds

1 death every 750 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Louisiana. The total population of Louisiana is estimated at 4,686,157 people with 2,292,208 male and 2,393,949 female. There are 101,741 more more women than men in the state, which is 51.09% of the total population.

The Louisiana Gender Ratio is 96 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.96. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

Louisiana Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 13.78 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 63,178 total births making it higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 63,178, 1.60% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Louisiana

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Louisiana Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Louisiana
New York - 11.15District Of Columbia - 14.47
Kentucky - 13.09Nebraska - 13.93
California - 12.30Alaska - 15.12
Arkansas - 13.07South Dakota - 14.32
Idaho - 13.70Texas - 14.03

Top 5 Counties in Louisiana with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Louisiana with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Louisiana with the highest birth rate
Orleans Parish - 12.35Tangipahoa Parish - 15.18
Jefferson Parish - 13.49Calcasieu Parish - 15.12
Caddo Parish - 13.52Ascension Parish - 14.40
East Baton Rouge Parish - 13.70Ouachita Parish - 14.17
Livingston Parish - 13.71Lafayette Parish - 13.96

Louisiana Fertility Rate

In Louisiana the fertility rate based on historical data went from 66.81 to 67.69 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 67.18 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 26.18 to 27.45.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Louisiana are Calcasieu Parish - 75.34, Tangipahoa Parish - 72.16 and Rapides Parish - 71.96. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Terrebonne Parish County70.57
Ascension Parish County69.99
Jefferson Parish County69.87
Bossier Parish County68.29
Caddo Parish County67.54
Ouachita Parish County67.42
Livingston Parish County66.43
St. Tammany Parish County66.26
Lafayette Parish County64.48
East Baton Rouge Parish County60.39

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a Louisiana Birth Certificate

Louisiana offers three ways to perform a Louisiana birth record search and get a copy of your birth certificate; in person, by mail or online.
If you want to order by mail, send all your paperwork and fee to: 
Vital Records Registry PO Box 60630, New Orleans, LA 70160. Processing will take 8-10 weeks.
You can also visit their office any weekday between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at: 1450 Poydras Street, Suite 400, New Orleans, LA 70112. You must pay with cash, check or money order when visiting in person.

The cost of a regular certified birth certificate is $15 each. Louisiana also offers a combo package where you get an extra wallet-sized card as well for $24. All checks, and money orders must be made payable to Louisiana Vital Records.

Louisiana Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: Long form: $15.00*
Short form: $9.00* Fees for mail-in services are payable by check or money order. Checks and money orders should be made payable to Louisiana Vital Records. A copy of a valid photo ID for the applicant is required. * A $0.50 s
Organization: Vital Records Registry
Address:P.O. Box 60630, New Orleans, LA 70160
Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Louisiana Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.