Can adopted people see their original birth certificates in Louisiana? A bill would allow it

Published: May 25, 2022

By: Alex Tirado, LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE — After a lengthy debate, the Senate Judiciary A Committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would allow adopted persons to obtain their original birth certificate.

House Bill 450, sponsored by Rep. Charles Owen, R-Fort Polk, would allow an adopted person 24 years or older to request an uncertified copy of his or her original birth certificate from the state registrar.

Under present law, an adopted person’s original birth certificate is sealed after a final decree of adoption and can only be opened by a motion of disclosure or a limited medical exception.

Rep. Charles Owen testified about his bill that would allow access to an adopted person’s original birth certificate. Alex Tirado/ LSU Manship School News Service

The bill provides an avenue for adopted people to receive a copy of their birth certificate without going through lengthy bureaucratic hurdles.

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