The Beauregard Parish Clerk of Court's Office has announced it will partner with the Louisiana Bureau of vital records to offer birth and death certificates at its office at the Beauregard Parish Courthouse in DeRidder.

This is a significant announcement due to the fact that Louisiana is a “closed record” state. That means birth and death certificates are not public records.

“We saw a need in our parish for providing birth and death certificates,” Clerk of Court Brian Lestage said. “These documents are vital and there is a great demand for them in our area.”

This new service will provide a local option for those who need a birth certificate for themselves, their spouse, parents, children, siblings or grandparents.

Prior to this, residents would have to travel as far as Baton Rouge to get these vital documents.

Documents are not limited to Beauregard Parish records. The documents can be birth or death certificates from anywhere in Louisiana. “We’ve had people come see us from Texas, to get information about their parents who were born here,” Lestage said.

Lestage said they quietly started the service three weeks ago, and already there is a sizable demand. “In three weeks we have seen 20 people come by the office to get these documents,” he said.

There is a fee attached to getting the documents and those attempting to get them should be prepared with the proper forms of identification.

Fees include:

Birth Certificate: $34

Birth Certificate & Birth Card: $48

Death Certificate: $26

For anyone applying for a certified copy of a birth or death certificate, identification in the form of one primary document or two secondary documents is required.

Primary documents include:

Current state issued driver’s license that displays a photograph which clearly identifies the applicant

Current state issued picture identification that displays a photograph which clearly identifies the applicant

Current military identification card that displays a photograph which clearly identifies the applicant

Current U.S. issued or foreign issued passport

U.S. Certificate of Naturalization

U.S. Certificate of Citizenship

Students in high school or younger can bring a current school yearbook or a current school identification document with a photograph which clearly identifies the applicant.

Secondary Documents include:

Current student picture identification card from a college or university (counts as two documents)

A W-2 form issued within the last two years plus an original signed Social Security Card (counts as two documents)

Original adoption papers

Official certified deeds or title to property

Certificate of vehicle title

Insurance policy that shows name of applicant

Payroll stub showing the name and social security number of the applicant

Current U.S. military dependent identification card that displays a photograph which clearly identifies the applicant.

Original DD-214 Military Discharge document which clearly identifies the applicant

Voter’s Registration application

For more information contact the Beauregard Parish Clerk of Court’s office at 337-463-8595.