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Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
February 15, 2019

What if I don't register my protective order? Will it be more difficult to have it enforced?

Since neither federal nor state law requires that you register your protective order, it should not be more difficult to have your protective order enforced even if you decide not to register it in Louisiana. However, if your order is not registered, it will not be entered into the Louisiana Protective Order Registry, which means it might take more time for a LA police officer to verify that it is a valid order.

If you are unsure about whether registering your order is the right decision for you, you may want to contact a local domestic violence organization in your area.  An advocate there can help you decide what the safest plan of action is for you in Louisiana. To see a list of local domestic violence organizations in LA, go to our LA Advocates and Shelters page.