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Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court - Louis J. Perret
Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court - Louis J. Perret


  1. What is the difference between a birth certificate and a birth card?
    • The birth certificate contains detailed information. A birth card is a short abbreviated form.

  2. How long does it take to print the birth record?
    • Birth records from 1983 to present can be printed within minutes. Birth records before 1983 may require a minimum of a 1 hour wait.

  3. Can anyone purchase my birth record?
    • No, only the applicant or an immediate family member, with pictured ID, can purchase your birth record.

  4. I was born in another state; can you print my birth record?
    • No, we can only generate birth records for individuals who were born in the State of Louisiana.


  1. Does the Clerk of Court provide forms that can be filled out and filed, including a petition for divorce, if I cannot afford to retain an attorney?
    • We do not provide any forms. Forms can be purchased through the Lafayette Bar Association and then filed here. Their phone number is (337)237-4700.


  1. Does the Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court provide death certificates?
    • Yes, death certificates are available for deaths that occured after July 9, 2012.


  1. How do I become an election commissioner?
    • New commissioner schools are held once a year at the Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court's Office. Please contact the Election Department at (337)291-6368 for additional information.

  2. How do I register to vote or make changes to my voter registration?
    • You can register online by clicking HERE or call the Registrar of Voters Office at (337)291-7140 for more information.

  3. How do I find my elected official?
    • You can find your elected official by clicking HERE.

  4. How do I find my voting precinct and location?
    • You can find your voting precinct and location by clicking HERE.


  1. Is it mandatory to attend jury duty?
    • Yes, it is required by law unless a person does not meet one of the qualifications or if they meet one of the exemptions and are excused by the court. The qualifications and exemptions can be found HERE.

  2. What is the rate of pay per day for jury duty?
    • $25.00 service fee + $3.20 for mileage = $28.20 per day served.

  3. How was I selected for jury service?
    • Potential jurors are selected randomly from a list of names consisting of Lafayette parish registered voters & licensed drivers over 18 years of age residing in Lafayette Parish.

  4. How long should I expect to be in jury duty?
    • The average length of service is 2-4 days on most cases.

  5. Do I report in on the day I am summoned or do I need to call-in before?
    • Most subpoenas have a call-in notice in red bold ink at the bottom right-hand corner of the summons. If your summons has a call-in notice, call on the date and time instructed. Listen to the entire message.
    • If there is no call-in notice, report in on the date and time indicated.

  6. I am worried about getting fired from my job if I take off and serve on jury duty. Can my employer do this?
    • According to Louisiana Revised Statute 23:965, an employer cannot terminate an employee for serving jury duty and must pay the employee for up to one day if the employee receives full-time benefits, without reduction in sick, emergency, or personal leave.

  7. I received a jury subpeona, and I am deaf. I would like to serve on jury duty. Does the court provide an interpreter or someone who practices sign language?
    • Yes, interpreters are avaliable with advanced notice. Call the Jury Office at (337)291-6355.

  8. Can I bring my cell phone into the courthouse?
    • Camera cell phones are not allowed in the Parish Courthouse. The Jury Assembly Room has two public phones for your convenience.

  9. How can my family contact me in case of an emergency while I am serving jury duty?
    • You may give your family members the Jury Office phone number, (337)291-6355.

  10. What happens if I missed my jury duty date?
    • Immediately call the Jury Office at (337)291-6355 and the jury staff will reschedule your service.


  1. Can I get a copy of my conviction from when I was a juvenile?
    • All juvenile records are confidential and no copies can be given without a direct order from a judge