BIRTH CERTIFICATE / BIRTH CARD REQUIREMENTS
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Birth Certificates - Individuals born in Louisiana from the year of 1983 to present may obtain a certified copy of their Birth Certificate from the Clerk of Court’s office

Birth Cards - Individuals born in Louisiana from the year of 1903 to present (100 years) may obtain a Birth Card from the Clerk of Court’s office. This 3" x 4" document has the person's name, date and parish of birth, sex, mother's maiden name and father's initials listed as well as the vital Records birth number. The birth card is accepted by any governmental agency that requires a certified copy of a birth record. A birth card can be used for marriage licenses, social security, drivers license, etc. If you are not sure that the birth card is acceptable, please contact the agency that is requesting your birth record. Cannot be used for passport.

Fee: Cash
Birth Card - $14.00
Birth Certificate - $24.00

An Application for a Certified Copy of Birth Certificate Form #PHS520F must be filled out and signed by the applicant This form is available at the Clerk of Court's office.

Identification is required.

Identification Requirements:
  • A current state issued Driver's License that includes a photograph which clearly identifies the applicant as the same
  • A current state issued identification card that includes a photograph which clearly identifies the applicant as the same
  • A current US passport with photograph which clearly identifies applicant as the same
  • A current US military photo identification card which clearly identifies applicant as the same
  • For students (high school or below), a current school yearbook or a current official school identification document with a photograph that clearly identifies applicant as the same
  • Minor children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to obtain their birth record. The parent or guardian will apply on the minor's behalf.


Any immediate family member (mother, father, current legal spouse, child, grandparent) that is 18 years of age or older may obtain a registrant's birth certificate/card by filling out and signing an Application For A Certified Copy Of Birth Certificate Form #PHS520F. The relative must present the required current
photo identification.

Note: The exception to this would be an individual that has a certified document of custody from a court proceeding.

A non-relative may obtain the registrant's birth record by presenting the Release Authorization Form # VRR-O54 completed by the registrant and signed by both the registrant and applicant. The applicant must complete the Application For Certified Copy of Birth Certificate Form and present his/her current photo identification along with a copy of the registrant's current photo identification.

Please Note: If the Clerk of Court's search of the Vital Records database does not find a match for the registrant, the Clerk of Court will be required to refer the registrant to the Office of Vital Records at (504) 568-8353 in New Orleans for a more extensive search. Their web address is www.dhh.state.la.us.

The Office of Vital Records will handle the request from that point.

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