One of the steps a beneficiary take to make a successful claim for life insurance benefits is to obtain a certified copy of the Louisiana death certificate. The death certificate, if ready, can be purchased from the offices below:
The State Registrar & Vital Records office is located at
1450 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Some Clerks of Court provide certified copies of death certificates.
How to Obtain Copies of a Death Certificate
Call the State Registrar & Vital Records office before stopping by to pick up a copy of the death certificate because it may not be ready. The general timeline and procedure for getting the death certificate to the State of Louisiana Registrar & Vital Records are:
- Funeral director prepares and files the original death certificate within five days of the death;
- Louisiana law provides that the last physician to attend a decedent within 10 days of death must complete and execute a death certificate within 24 hours of death;
- These deadlines are often ignored by the last attending physician and funeral director (who may be waiting on the attending physician); The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners even has the following notice on their website about the attending physician problem, “Delays resulting from inaccuracies, completion and execution of death certificates can have a devastating impact on the families of the deceased, both emotionally and financially. Please be sensitive to the needs of the families.”
- Louisiana requires that all death certificates are entered into the Electronic Death Registration (LEERS) system, either by physicians or funeral homes;
The following people are entitled to a copy of a Louisiana death:
- Funeral Directors may request additional copies of a Death Certificate on behalf of surviving immediate family members within one year of the date of death;
- Surviving spouse of the person named on the document. (Must be listed as the Surviving Spouse on the document);
- Mother or father of the person named on the document;
- An adult child of the person named on the document;
- Sister/brother of the person named on the document;
- Grandmother or grandfather of the person named on the document;
- Grandchild of the person named on the document;
- A person named in a court proceeding as a member of the immediate or surviving family of the person named in the certificate;
- The beneficiary of an insurance policy or trust (must have a signed copy of the policy listing applicant as beneficiary);
- A succession representative (Must provide a certified Letter of Testamentary or Letter of Administration certified by the Clerk of Court);
- The credentials of an attorney, together with a written declaration that he is preparing a small succession pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure Article 3431 et seq for the deceased person whose death certificate is being requested OR is representing one of the above entitled named parties (must be on letterhead and include bar roll number).
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