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How can I obtain a birth or death certificate from the Vital Records Registry for genealogical purposes?
How can I order vital records from other states?
Who may obtain a birth or death certificate?
Why do I have to send a copy of my photo ID?
How do I obtain a certified copy of my marriage license if I did not purchase it in Orleans Parish?
I need a certified copy of my divorce decree. How can I obtain this?
What is the difference between a Short-Form Birth Certificate (Birth Card) and a Long-Form Birth Certificate?
How do I get a copy of a birth or death record if I am not an immediate family member or entitled to the record?
How long after a birth occurs is it filed with Vital Records? When should I receive my child's complimentary birth certificate?
Where do I obtain my birth certificate if I was born abroad, with US citizenship?
Can a birth record or death record be faxed?
Can you find my birth certificate for free and tell me if it shows the correct name? Will I have to pay just to find out whether I have a birth certificate on file?
Can we obtain our license and also get married in the Orleans Parish Marriage Office?
If I purchase my marriage license in Orleans Parish, can I get married in another parish? Can I get married in another state?
Can a relative apply for my marriage license?