How to replace lost or damaged documents in Louisiana

Recent hurricanes may have resulted in the loss of important documents, but there are ways to replace them.

Birth and Death Certificates: Visit https://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/649, call 504-593-5100 or email dhh-vitelweb@la.gov.

Louisiana Driver Licenses: Visit https://www.expresslane.org/Pages/default.aspx.

Marriage and Divorce Documents: Visit the Louisiana Registrar and Vital Records office online at https://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/2687.

Green Cards: Visit https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/after-we-grant-your-green-card/replace-your-green-card or call 800-375-5283.

Social Security Cards: Visit https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount or call 800-772-1213.

Identity Theft Resource Center: Visit https://www.idtheftcenter.org/, call 888-400-5530 or email info@fightidentitytheft.com.

Medicare Cards: Visit https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/or call 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778) 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Tax Return Documents and Filing Deadlines: The IRS announced that survivors of Hurricane Laura have until Dec. 31, 2020, to file individual and business tax returns and make tax payments; Hurricane Delta survivors have until Feb. 16, 2021. For more information, visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-in-disaster-situations or call 800-829-1040 (TTY 800-822-4059).

U.S. Department of Agriculture Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool for Farmers: Visit https://www.farmers.gov/recover/disaster-tool#step-1.

Military Service Records: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records-0.

Insurance Documents: Contact the Louisiana Department of Insurance online at http://www.ldi.la.gov/ or call 800-259-5300 or 225-342-5900.

National Archives Records: https://www.archives.gov/preservation/records-emergency or call 866-272-6272. Learn how to preserve family archives, such as papers and photographs, at https://www.archives.gov/preservation/family-archives.

Legal Resources: To request legal help visit https://www.disasterlegalaid.org/legalhelp/ or call 800-310-7029.

For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit fema.gov/disaster/4559. For the latest information on Hurricane Delta, visit fema.gov/disaster/4570. Or, follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6.

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