Louisiana Public Records
The Louisiana Public Records Law, found in Title 44 of the state code, states that every citizen has the right to examine and/or copy a public record of any public body. Public records are considered all books, letters, records, writings, photographs, maps, accounts, memoranda, recordings, and reproductions, used in the course of business under the authority of the state.
Exemptions include: investigation records; records identifying confidential sources; certain records pertaining to terrorist activity; proprietary and trade secret information; tax return information; insurance company reports; internal medical licensing information; records revealing the location of wells; and records whose disclosure would create an invasion of personal privacy.
You can use this page as your main resource for finding statewide LA databases. Scroll to the listings below. City and Parish records are within easy reach as well – just click on the menu options on the left. Same for license searches and records by Category.
- Courts - The Louisiana court system has five levels. At the first are Mayors & Justice of the Peace Courts. The former handles disputes under $30. The latter handles civil & small claims cases under $2K. At the second are City, Parish & Magistrate Courts. These have limited jurisdiction & handle civil cases under $15K & misdemeanor, DWI/DUI, juvenile cases & preliminary hearings. At the third are: Family Court, which handles family & domestic matters; Juvenile Court; and District Court, which is the court of general jurisdiction, handling felony, misdemeanor, DWI/DUI, juvenile, & civil cases of all amounts. At the fourth are the Circuit Courts, which serve as appeals courts to review decisions from lower courts. At the top is the Supreme Court, which reviews decisions from all lower courts. Louisiana Court Records
- Criminal Records - Some misdemeanor and DWI/DUI cases are handled by the City and Parish Courts. Others are handled by the District Courts, which also try felony and criminal juvenile cases. Complete statewide Louisiana criminal histories are not available online, by state law. For details on how to order a criminal history from the state, and for Parish databases, go to our Louisiana Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records - Birth, death & marriage certificates are provided by: Louisiana Vital Record Registry, PO Box 60630, New Orleans, LA 70160, (504) 219-4500. Go to our Vital Records page for historical birth indexes; the Social Security Death Index for Louisiana, statewide historical death records, and available city & parish databases for deaths, burials, cemeteries, and obituaries; statewide historical marriages, and marriage databases from available cities and parishes; and information about ordering divorce certificates.
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|City Databases |
Access home pages and search public records free in Louisiana cities and towns.
|Company Search | Corporations, LLCs, Trade Names, Trademarks |
Search for Louisiana corporations, LLCs, trade names, trademarks, and collection agencies by business name, ID number, officer name, or registered agent name. Free search. Document copies require a fee.
|Criminal History (info) |
Scroll down to "Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information" to review this information from the Louisiana State Police on how to obtain criminal histories in Louisiana.
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
Search nationwide for criminal records by name & DOB or age. Huge database.
|Fugitives & Absconders |
Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections fugitives at large and probation and parole absconders.
|Inmate Parole Dockets |
Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections inmate parole dockets organized by year, month, and facility.
|Land Records to 1908 |
Search this Rootsweb service for Louisiana land records to 1908 by name of owner. Gives date, parish, and size of land, along with a lot of other very specific information about the property.
|Phone Directory |
Download a pdf file of the Louisiana state government telephone directory. Also provides local listings for state agencies, organized by city.
|Registered Offenders |
Search the Louisiana State Police offender database by zip code, parish, city and first/last name to view information including date of initial registration, name, aliases, physical characteristics, address information, conviction.
|Unclaimed Property |
Search for unclaimed property in Louisiana by name of owner, street address, or city.
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|Administrative Code |
Browse Louisiana administrative code by subject or by title, part, chapter, and section.
|Bankruptcies, Judgments and Tax Liens Pay Site|
Search for bankruptcy, judgment, and tax lien filing summaries with our $5 Premium database. Look statewide in Louisiana, or for the same price, search nationwide. Immediate results.
|Banks | Agents of Service of Process |
Search the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions service for Agents for Service of Process for Louisiana state banks, state thrifts, savings banks, and trust companies.
|Births 1819-1913 |
Louisiana Secretary of State records of births recorded between 1819 and 1913.
|Campaign Finance Disclosure |
Search the Louisiana Board of Ethics databases of campaign finance reports filed by candidate, committees and lobbyists to view reports or view scanned filings from 1995 to the present in Adobe Acrobat pdf format.
|Commercial Property |
Search the Access Louisiana website by keyword, location or property attributes to find property site information including contact information, area/industry profile, availability, attributes, construction, equipment, zoning and utilities.
|Deadbeat Parents |
Browse this alphabetical listing of deadbeat parents in Louisiana to view information including name of non-custodial parent, last known address, amount owed and DOB.
|Death Records |
Louisiana Secretary of State death index covering from 1911 to 50 years ago.
|Deaths 1850-1954 |
Search over 600,000 Louisiana death records filed between 1850 and 1875 and between 1894 and 1954.
|Elected Officials |
Includes Statewide & Multi-Parish Elected Officials, All Elected Officials in a Parish, and All Elected Officials in an Office.
Browse the Louisiana State Employee register by department.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in Louisiana for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in Louisiana instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Inmates (info) |
This Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections service provides information on contacts for inmate locator requests.
|Laws & Codes |
Louisiana State Legislature database of Louisiana laws, codes, statutes, and procedures.
|Legislation - Bill Search |
Do a bill search at the Louisiana State Legislature website by session, legislator, or bill summary.
|Licenses | Professional, Medical and Business |
Find and verify state licenses in Louisiana for professionals and businesses. Includes appraisers, architects, attorneys, CPAs, dentists, physicians, insurance agents, realtors, and more.
|Lobbyist Companies |
Browse the Louisiana Ethics Board by name for companies in Louisiana that employ registered lobbyists.
Browse the Louisiana Ethics Board by name for registered lobbyists and lobbyist companies in Louisiana. Provides name, address, and phone number.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in Louisiana to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Missing Persons |
Louisiana Repository for Missing and Unidentified Persons Information Program provided by a joint project between the LSU FACES lab and the Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory.
|Protective Orders |
Search for protective orders in Louisiana by case number and respondent name and county of issuance.
|Regional Databases |
Go here for Louisiana regional databases, including U.S. District Court federal civil, criminal, and bankruptcy filings in Louisiana, and Circuit Court of Appeals records.
|Road Closures - Department of Transportation |
The Louisiana department of transportation provides this database of current road closures, searchable by district, route, parish, closure date, date scheduled for re-opening and description.
|Road Closures - State Police |
The Louisiana state police provides this listing of current road closures, searchable by region, parish or city.
|Service of Process |
Search the Louisiana Secretary of State's service of process database by case number.
|State Bar Members |
Louisiana State Bar Association active member attorneys by name or city.