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Learn how to change or correct certificates plus find information about Arkansas births, deaths, marriages and divorces on record.

General Information About the Division of Vital Records

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Information About Birth Records

Birth records maintained by the Division of Vital Records start with February 1, 1914 through the present.  Vital Records does have a limited number of birth records prior to 1914.  The birth records dated prior to 1914 were filed with the Division of Vital Records after 1914.  We have original copies of Little Rock and Fort Smith births dating from 1881.
What types of birth copies are issued?
How much do birth records cost?
Who may order a birth certificate?
What information must be provided with the application?
Download a Birth Certificate Application

Birth Certificate Application PDF

Information About Death Records

Death records maintained by the Division of Vital Records start with February 1, 1914 through the present.  The Division does have a limited number of deaths occurring prior to 1914 for Little Rock and Fort Smith dating from 1881.  The Arkansas History Commission has a death index of deaths occurring in Arkansas from 1914 through 1949.  This is only an alphabetical listing of deaths occurring in Arkansas.  The History Commission does not have copies of the death records.
What types of death copies are issued?
How much do death records cost?
Who may order a death record?
What information must be provided with the application?
Download a Death Certificate Application

Death Certificate Application PDF

Information About Marriage and Divorce Records

Marriage records maintained in the Division of Vital Records begin with January 1917. The Division of Vital Records does not have any marriage records prior to 1917.

Divorce records maintained in the Division of Vital Records begin with January 1923. The Division of Vital Records does not have any divorce records prior to 1923.
What types of marriage and divorce copies are issued?
How much do marriage and divorce records cost?
Who may order a marriage or divorce coupon?
What information must be provided with the marriage application?
What information must be provided with the divorce application?
Download a Marriage Coupon Application

Marriage Coupon Application PDF

Download a Divorce Coupon Application

Divorce Coupon Application PDF

Changing Birth and Death Certificates

What are examples of changes to records without a court order?
What changes require a court order?
What is the purpose of the Putative Father Registry?

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