Louisiana Public Records

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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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Administrative Code

Louisiana administrative code by subject or by title, part, chapter, and section.

Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy 1718-1820

Search the Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy site for slavery-era genealogy information by name, master's name, gender, epoch, race, plantation or origin.

Attorney General Opinions

Louisiana Attorney General index of opinions from 1991 to the present.


Louisiana State Bar Association active member attorneys by name or city. For more license verification services use the "Louisiana Licenses" menu in the left-hand column.

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.

Births 1819-1913

Louisiana Secretary of State records of births recorded between 1819 and 1913.

Births and Christenings 1811-1934

Limited database of Louisiana births and christenings recorded 1811-1830 and 1854-1934.

Campaign Finance Disclosures

Louisiana Board of Ethics campaign finance reports, opinions, PAC lists, and outstanding fines.

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.

Confederate Pensions

Index of confederate pension applications from the Secretary of State archives.

Court Records - Federal District PACER  Pay Site

PACER United States District Court civil, criminal, and bankruptcy records for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana.

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

Over 600,000 Louisiana death records filed between 1850 and 1875 and between 1894 and 1954.

Elected Officials

Louisiana statewide and Parish elected officials database from the Secretary of State.

Inmates (info)

This Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections service provides information on contacts for inmate locator requests.

Lafayette | Department Directory

Contact directory for State of Louisiana departments.

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.

Legislative Bills

Louisiana legislative Bills by Session.

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.

Marriages 1816-1906

Louisiana marriage records filed between 1816 and 1906.

Missing Children

Louisiana missing children search.

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.

Parish Records

Search public records free in Louisiana Parishes.

Protective Orders

Louisiana search for protective orders from VINE.

Public Notices

Louisiana Press Association public notices.

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

Louisiana Department of Transportation road closures and traveler advisories.

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.

Service of Process

Louisiana Secretary of State service of process database searchable by Suit Number.

Voters - Polling Place Locater

Provided by the Louisiana Secretary of State: Search for your polling place by name and date of birth or by address.

Louisiana is located in the southern region of the United States. The Capital is Baton Rouge and the largest city is New Orleans.  The Official Web Site is located at http://louisiana.gov/.  Louisiana is the 25th most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 4,649,676 and the 2010 census population was 4,533,479.  The land area is 43,203.90 square miles and there are 104.9 persons per square mile.

63.5% of the population is White, 32.4% is Black or African American, 4.7% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.7% is Asian, 0.8% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.5% are two or more races. 82.6% are a high school graduate or higher, and 21.8% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $138,900. There are on average 2.60 persons per household, the per capita income is $24,442, the median household income is $44,874, and 19.1% of the persons in Louisiana are considered below poverty level.

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