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Louisiana Vital Records Background Checks
In Louisiana, vital records are considered confidential and are mostly used to obtain school enrollment, employment, licensing, passports or government benefits. Therefore, mainly the person named on the document, or his or her close relative, is able to access the records such as for self-enacted Louisiana background checks. Birth records remain confidential until 100 years after the date of birth, while death certificates stay mostly inaccessible until 50 years after the date of death. Death certificate copies are $7.50 from the Louisiana Office of Public Health, Vital Records, or Vital Records Parish Health Units.
Both long form and short form copies of birth certificates are available. The short and long form Louisiana birth certificates both include the birth name, birth date, parish of birth, file date and issue date. The short version also has the father’s initials as well as the mother’s first initial and last name. The long form, which is better suited to Louisiana background checks, has the added data of the hospital name, mother’s and father’s full names and ages and the mother’s residence at the time of the birth. The fees for copies of these birth certificates are $15.50 for the long form and $9.50 for the short form.