How long must records be kept?
Some public records are permanent records and must be kept for all time, such as the conveyance records of real estate transactions at the Parish Court Clerk’s office (LA RS 44:36). The general rule for non-permanent records is that the record must be kept for at least three years, or the period prescribed by a retention schedule that has been filed with and approved by the Louisiana State Archives.

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1. What are public records?
2. Is there a constitutional right to view public records?
3. Who is responsible for making public records available to the public?
4. How long must records be kept?
5. Is there information of public bodies that cannot be accessed by the public?
6. What about privacy concerns?
7. Are there limitations on who may examine the records?
8. What information will I be required to give in order to gain access to the public records?
9. Why must I include contact information when submitting a Public Records Request?
10. What information should I include in the description of requested records?
11. When can I inspect the documents?
12. How much does it cost?
13. What if the record contains both public and private information?
14. What can I do if there is a violation?
15. What are my rights?