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Order Marriage Records

Q: What marriage records are available?

The Arkansas Department of Health does not have the actual marriage license. If you want a copy of the actual license, you must contact the County Clerk office where the marriage was recorded. The Arkansas Department of Health issues a certified copy of the coupon of marriage in paper form, which is accepted by all state and federal government offices. 

Only Arkansas marriage records are housed at the Arkansas Department of Health; marriage records from other states should be requested from the vital records offices in those other states (click here for the directory).

The Arkansas Department of Health has marriage records dating from January 1917. Marriages occurring before that date are not recorded in this office.


Q: How much do marriage records cost?

The cost of a marriage record is $10.00 per copy. If you choose an “Express Service” through Vital Chek, an express fee will also be charged, in addition to the cost of any expedited shipping options you select. If no record is found or no copy is made, state law requires that we keep $10.00 for a search fee, and if the order is placed through Vital Chek, the express fee will likewise be non-refundable. However, you will receive a refund of any amount you paid apart from these fees.


Q: Who may obtain a marriage record?

Arkansas statutes allow release of marriage records to:

All other applicants may obtain records by one of the following methods:

Marriage records that are more than 50 years old can be released to the public.     

Please note that county clerks’ offices may or may not operate under different rules than those outlined above.


Q: What do I need in order to obtain a marriage record?

In order to obtain a marriage record, eligible individuals (see above) must submit:


Q: How can I obtain a marriage record?

Eligible individuals (see above) may order a marriage record by any of the following methods:

Please allow 10-14 days for processing, in addition to mail delivery time.


Q: Who should I contact with additional questions about ordering a marriage coupon?

Please feel free to contact the Arkansas Department of Health at 501-661-2339 or

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, with the exception of state holidays, when the office is closed.

Marriage Coupon Application
Vital Records Authorization Form
Requirements for Acceptable Identification | ENGLISH | SPANISH

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