Caddo Parish Coroner's Office

-Death Certificates

The Coroner shall complete the cause and manner of death on a death certificate based on the death investigation and/or autopsy. Once the Coroner has filled out all the information that is required per Louisiana law, the Coroner will submit the death certificate back to the funeral home.  The funeral home will complete a large portion of the death certificate and provide copies to the family. The Coroner’s office does not issue death certificates to the family. If a death was not investigated by the Coroner’s office, the decedent’s physician will complete the cause and manner of death information on the death certificate.

Certified copies of death certificates may be obtained from the funeral home once they have been signed by the coroner or physician. If the death was not recent, or too much time has passed, the death certificate must be obtained from Louisiana Vital Records. (Local Vital Records: 318-676-5201)

*A Proof of Death Letter is a letter on official letterhead with an authorized signature and seal, and is legal confirmation that an individual is deceased.  The Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office can provide families with a copy of this letter while they are waiting for the death certificate to be completed and certified. Contact our office if you need to obtain a Proof of Death Letter.

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