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Louisiana Public Records

The Louisiana Public Records Law (Title 44) provides definitions and exemptions for what constitutes public records, who may access them and what the agency's responsibilities are for holding and providing records that are requested.  Louisiana law defines a “public record” as “all books, records, writings, accounts, letters and letter books, maps, drawings, photographs, cards, tapes, recordings, memoranda, and papers, and all copies, duplicates, photographs, including microfilm, or other reproductions thereof, or any other documentary materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, including information contained in electronic data processing equipment, having been used, being in use, or prepared, possessed, or retained for use in the conduct, transaction, or performance of any business, transaction, work, duty, or function which was conducted, transacted, or performed by or under the authority of the constitution or laws of this state, or by or under the authority of any ordinance, regulation, mandate, or order of any public body or concerning the receipt or payment of any money received or paid by or under the authority of the constitution or the laws of this state.”

Public records exempt from disclosure are those that federal, state or local law prohibits the Louisiana state Agencies from disclosing or permits them to decline to disclose. A complete listing of applicable exemptions appears in La. R.S. 44:4.1.

Exemptions include records whose disclosure would constitute an invasion of personal privacy, hinder or otherwise obstruct ongoing investigations, or provide for unsafe circumstances for either the state or its citizens.  Included in this are any records that would provide the requester with information pertaining to personal contact, finance, fingerprint, photograph, medical and scholastic to any party other than themselves or their legal ward.  Also restricted are records pertaining to the location and specifics of wells.

Public Records Requests should be made with the appropriate offices and can be rendered either in person or by mail.  A list of agencies and public records contact info can be found below.  Each county will be listed out on it's own page; the county directory is to the left.

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Brief History of STATE

~15,000 BC to 1500's Indigenous peoples moved into the area and evolved their societies from the Paleolithic peoples to the Neo-Indian types.

Influenced by the Caddo, Plaquemine and Mississippian cultures of earlier times, the modern native peoples of Louisiana included:

Adai, Alabama, Apalachee, Atakapa, Avoyel, Bayogoula, Biloxi, Caddo, Chatot, Chawasha, Chitimacha, Choctaw, Houma, Koasati, Koroa, Mugulasha, Muskogee, Natchez, Okelousa, Opelousa, Ouachita, Pascagoula, Quapaw, Quinipissa, Souchitioni, Tangipahoa, Tawasa, Washa and Yatasi.

Early European exploration in the form of Spanish expeditions.

1519 - Alvarez de Pineda discovers mouth of the Mississippi

1541 - Hernando de Soto explores the Mississippi River

1600'sFrench Exploration of the Mississippi leads to France's claim on the region.

1673 - Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet reach the Mississippi River - and confirm that it flows into the Gulf of Mexico rather than the Pacific Ocean.

1682 - Robert Cavalier, Sieur de la Salle, claims the territory for Louis XIV of France, for whom Louisiana is named.

More Louisiana History...

Louisiana Government Info

Louisiana Office of Vital Records and Statistics - Birth Records

State Archives

3851 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125

State Archivist and Director:  (225) 922-1200


House of Representatives

Box 94062
(900 North Third Street)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana  70804
Phone:  225-342-6945

Louisiana Senate

Post Office Box 94183
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804
(225) 342-2040

Supreme Court

Clerk of Court
400 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Court Public Information Officer 
400 Royal Street, Suite 1190
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 310-2588

Judicial Administrator's Office
400 Royal Street Suite 1190
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 310-2550

Law Library of Louisiana
400 Royal Street, Second Floor
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 310-2400

Environmental Quality

Health & Hospitals

Justice (Attorney General)

Offices of the Governor

Public Safety & Corrections

Secretary of State

Index of Databases

Louisiana Secretary of State
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125

Twelve United Plaza
8585 Archives Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

State Police

Louisiana State Police
7919 Independence Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Telephone: 1-800-858-0551

Sex Offender Registry

Victim and Witness Info