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 LA birth records since 1918, but they have some records dating back further.
The State 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 LA Birth Records

The State 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.

You can also be supplied with Apostille copies of your birth record if needed.

State Population

The State has a population of 4.68 million people. Located in the Deep South, it 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, it 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
Iowa - 13.18District Of Columbia - 14.47
North Carolina - 12.09Nebraska - 13.93
Michigan - 11.30Texas - 14.03
Virginia - 13.30North Dakota - 15.04
New Jersey - 10.92South Dakota - 14.32

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
St. Tammany Parish - 12.18Tangipahoa Parish - 15.18
Orleans Parish - 12.35Calcasieu Parish - 15.12
Jefferson Parish - 13.49Ascension Parish - 14.40
Caddo Parish - 13.52Ouachita Parish - 14.17
East Baton Rouge Parish - 13.70Lafayette Parish - 13.96

Fertility Rate in LA

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 Parish70.57
Ascension Parish69.99
Jefferson Parish69.87
Bossier Parish68.29
Caddo Parish67.54
Ouachita Parish67.42
Livingston Parish66.43
St. Tammany Parish66.26
Lafayette Parish64.48
East Baton Rouge Parish60.39
Orleans Parish53.67

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a Louisiana Birth Certificate

The State offers three ways to perform Louisiana birth records 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: Birth records are strictly confidential, and are maintained by the Center of Vital Records and Statistics for 100 years. Birth records older than 100 years are maintained by the Louisiana State Archives (PO Box 94125, Baton Rouge, LA 70804). For more information on who may obtain a birth record, how to submit a request, special requirements, and other information regarding birth records, please visit the Louisiana Center of State Registrar and Vital Records Website..