Louisiana Public Records

About Louisiana Open Public Record

The Louisiana Public Records Act, also known as Louisiana's Sunshine Law, was enacted by the state's legislature in 1940. In 1974, Louisiana adopted a new State Constitution which included a provision establishing, for the first time that public documents are presumed to be open for public inspection. The Louisiana Open Meeting Law legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted and was first enacted in 1952. There are some exemption to the Public Records Act. 911 tapes are exempt from open records requests as are closed investigation records however, active investigations are not. The state of Louisiana is divided into 64 political subdivisions called parishes in the same way that 48 of the other states of the United States are divided into counties. The state of Louisiana includes 4,087 populated places including cities, towns, neighborhoods, subdivisions and settlements. The Louisiana State Police, Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information provides criminal history information, when authorized by law. Search Louisiana public records using a plethora of research sources. Read about ongoing news stories and crime reports. Unearth an abundance of of recorded information including demographics and local economy. Learn about the government and resources of each individual county. You can also link to the city websites to find community services and see what entertainment and local attractions they have to offer their residents and visitors. You may request birth and death records from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Learn about the judicial court system and request records for court cases. Discover facts about the current economy, business and housing data. Find out about the background of residents and recorded statistics. Request Louisiana criminal records from law enforcement departments within the state. They can help you with information on prisons and convicted felons. Refer to this site often as New Louisiana sources are added on a regular basis for the best and most current services.
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Louisiana Free Public Records Directory


Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Ask Questions, About Louisiana

  • Where can I access the public records in Louisiana without having to pay to see them?
    There are open court record searches without paying, try the Louisiana Free Court Records Search above. Also Individual county clerks, depending on their public services, provide case and docket searches. Police departments (such as Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office) publish inmate lists and more. If you want access to records without paying, you will need to dig them up, in many cases one record at a time from each entity. To see how others have accessed records, search answers and questions by using the form above. (Staff)
  • How do I obtain a copy of a 911 call that I made in Louisiana?
    You can call East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's office to obtain a copy of the report. (Staff)
  • How can I find if my husband has filed for divorce in Louisiana?
    Filing a divorce is similar to filing any other lawsuit. The divorce is filed with the clerk of court, most of them have an online civil case search. You can do these searches on your own with the public access. (Staff)
  • Where can I find a business public record in Louisiana, concerning Dago's Cantina, Inc?
    You would search the Louisiana secretary of state's business filings database which is open online to the public for free. (Staff)
  • How do I check in Louisiana, for a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of my deceased brother in 1987?
    Look up electronic court records, here's an example: Ascension Clerk of Court Electronic Search System ("ACCESS") Civil Suits Records July, 1982 to present. This would cover the records you're looking for as far as the time span goes. Without knowing where the case was filed, it's hard to say whether your situation is different. There's a link above to Louisiana courts, once you're on the state's judicial website, scroll down to where you see a hyperlink to "Clerks of court", that will take you to a list of clerks with their websites. That's how "Ascension Clerk of Court Electronic Search System ("ACCESS")" was found. (Staff)
  • How in Louisiana do I to get a certificate of divorce or annulment?
    If you are one of the spouses, the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals, state registrar and vital records. Better than going to individual parish clerks and requesting them. Divorces have to be submitted to the vital records office by the 10th of the following month. Certificates of Divorce or Annulment and obtained form parish clerks. (Staff)
  • How can I find in Louisiana, arrest records for the past four days?
    Go directly to the arresting department's website. Arrest information is public and the police have a way to notify where arrested people are being held. You can look up many of the arrests reported in the news wires. Look for the local paper or any paper which would have the arrests. Thereafter, if you need to find out more, you can check the court's criminal filings, dockets, calendars and so on. (Staff)
  • How do I get active an warrants search in Louisiana?
    These searches are different from one area/agency to another. Take Baton Rouge for example, their active warrant search is open to the public through their webpage under City court lookup. So it depends on the area and how to get them. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Louisiana, the availability of death records?
    Louisiana's secretary of state's death records search is open to public viewing without having to pay, certified copies are issued and its information about how to are also on that webpage. You can narrow the search by parish or conduct the search by name. If you don't know the exact spelling, names appear as you're typing, which is helpful. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Louisiana, access to a police report on my DUI arrest?
    Depends on where it was, as in which police department, you can look up how to request a DUI report directly from their site's records webpage. Some departments have a policy of not charging for the first copy under some circumstances. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Louisiana, if my spouse filed our divorce papers on May 6th, 2015?
    It's hard to say how reliable any source is. Many databases, including public ones from just about any department have disclaimers about their records. The most reliable in my past experience has been going to the courthouse directly where the case was filed. You will also get same day service and can request case file copies. If you plan on going to the court and viewing their records, make sure it's okay to take photos of the case file. There was an incident in Louisiana where someone was not only detained for photographing records, but also barred from the courthouse records department/office. In this case, there was a sign stating that photographing is not allowed inside. I believe that is allowed since the access to public records is not barred as the public can still view them and request them for a fee, which is in accordance to the law. Check more than one database, or as many as you can until you find what you need by exhausting all feasible possibilities. (Staff)
  • Where can I find access to an arrest made by Louisiana State Police on Interstate 10 on July 27th, 2015?
    Was there a transfer of the arrest to a local agency/jail? Generally, the local police make a majority of the arrests, therefore, requests of arrest reports are made to the individual departments. The Louisiana state police's website offers online forms for crash/accident reports and other services, but makes no mention of arrests. This contact information is from the Office of State Police, here is their contact information Photo Lab, D-3, PO Box 66614, Baton Rouge, LA 70896, (225) 925-3518 (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Louisiana, a copy of my criminal record?
    You can order a Louisiana Department of Public Safety background check online from their own site. You will need to register, however, it is open to the public. Since it is for yourself, criminal records should be easier to view due to privacy not being an issue. When you are receiving your criminal report, you can check and see who else can get them. Court file searches can also show criminal records which won't appear in a background check for various reasons, such as cases that have been recently filed. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Louisiana, if someone's arrest record is public information?
    There are arrest records and arrest reports which are requested from the individual police department that made the arrest. Arrest record pertains to any information of someone's arrest. For example, inmates lists from the Louisiana Department of Corrections, local sheriffs departments' arrested offenders or inmate lists. You can find arrest information released by news organizations. Criminal court case files are open to the public. Public criminal records or arrest reports are not necessarily free, departments can charge to provide them. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Louisiana, access to an arrest record?
    You need to find the county where the arrest took place. Then you can contact the police department in that county or look up how to request an arrest (or any type of police report) on their site. It's a common request, but there is a process with certain qualifications. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Louisiana, criminal records of someone arrested and convicted of a crime?
    You can perform a search on your own by simply using available public government websites presently online. You will be also able to see what is available and what is more difficult to get as public records. Begin with the easy ones such as pulling up offender searches from the department of corrections or individual small department inmate lists. Public record sites show the most utilized free public government websites, and many have great data. It helps to know a few details such as a list of addresses to make sure and check all areas that the persons being searched has been, including out of state residences. The purpose of your search also matters if you're an employer, or you are searching your own records to see what others can view about you. The state of Louisiana is not amongst the top of the most open and accessible public records, this may not only be the effect of laws, but technological capability to put the information online. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Louisiana, copies of an offender's criminal records?
    There are several factors which affects obtaining criminal records. There are easy means as well and methods that require more work. One major factor is how much you already know, which county or state do you need to look into? Will you need to search other states? These points are just some to consider when beginning your search. Are you an employer? Are you looking up your own records to see what is out there? Employers and self searches do not need to meet the same standards to request criminal records. There are free ways to get criminal records, mostly depends on how much you want to look online. You can begin to freely look up recent arrests and offenders in custody, including convicts that have been released. Another option is by going to the courthouse, or checking court services online which can include free searches. Some courts allow the public to request records but do not charge unless a copy is requested. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Louisiana, access to cases filed in bankruptcy courts?
    The PACER system, public access to court electronic records, is an online service that provides information from federal appellate, district bankruptcy courts. You can also link directly to all individual bankruptcy courts. If it's the first time, there's an online tutorial link. Anyone can use the system by signing up and they're used by attorneys. The service offers a case locator before looking up individual courts if the user is not certain where the court is. (Staff)

Louisiana Latest Crime Records (Updated 01/21/2021)

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Louisiana American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 01/21/2021)

  • About Louisiana ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates
    Louisiana's demographic and housing ACS survey of 4,601,049 being 1.46 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 48.9% males and 51.1% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • About Louisiana Selected Social Characteristics
    The Louisiana social characteristics data of 1,718,876 households, which make up 1.48 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 1,133,340 families with and without children. There are 1,185,269 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • About Louisiana Selected Economic Characteristics
    The Louisiana American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 3,610,029 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 1.45 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 2,192,054 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • About Louisiana Selected Housing Characteristics
    Louisiana housing characteristics are collected from 1,988,460 dwellings making up 1.5 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 1,718,876 or uninhabited 269,584 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 1,718,876 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.