Vital Records is responsible for the collection and issuance of birth and death certificates and marriage and divorce coupons.
Birth and death certificates serve two purposes. They are the definitive legal documents of identity and they collect important medical information about the two most important events – birth and death.
Marriage and divorce coupons are so called because they are removed from the bottom of marriage and divorce certificates, the original of which is retained in the offices of the county clerk of courts; these coupons contain limited information.
Delays in Issuing Certificates
ADH Vital Records has been experiencing a delay in filling requests for certificates. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience to anyone who has had a delay in receiving their certificate. The number of requests we have received this year has significantly increased and we are addressing this increased volume with a limited number of staff. If you are still waiting on a certificate or will order a certificate in the near future, these steps can help make your experience go more smoothly:
- Please allow extra time when ordering a birth or death certificate.
- We can only process your request if it is complete. Please fill out all information when applying for a certificate.
- Currently, the fastest way to receive a certificate is by visiting our Vital Records office in Little Rock in person. If this option is not available to you, you can print the application online and mail it in. Orders can be placed online through an external partner, VitalChek, but there is currently a backlog in those orders placed online. The average wait time is about 90 days.
- If you experience a delay in receiving your certificate, please email email@example.com.
ADH is working hard to catch up on orders and make the process more expedited. We appreciate your patience as we adjust our system to meet increased demand.
Update on Act 519
HB1636 (TO PROVIDE BIRTH PARENTS WITH THE OPTION TO REDACT THEIR NAMES FROM CERTAIN ADOPTION RECORDS DISCLOSED TO ADOPTEES AND THEIR RELATIVES; AND TO PROVIDE ADOPTEES AND THEIR RELATIVES WITH ACCESS TO CERTAIN ADOPTION RECORDS) was recently signed into law and renamed Act 519. The Arkansas Department of Health will release additional information as it becomes available.
Hours of Operation
Arkansas Vital Records Office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. The office is closed on state holidays.
Documents must be submitted by the following time, in order to receive same-day service:
- 4:00 p.m. for a certified copy of a vital record (birth, death, marriage, divorce)
- 3:00 p.m. for an amendment to a vital record (birth, death, marriage, divorce)
Customers who arrive in the office after the cutoff times listed above, may pick up their request the following day or may ask that it be mailed. Same day service is not guaranteed for certificate requests dated before 1935, paternity affidavits, an amendment to a vital record, etc.,
Express Service Orders
Arkansas Vital Records does not accept credit cards or online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service. An additional fee is charged by this company for using their service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®. Please note that the current processing time for orders placed through VitalChek is approximately 90 days. To receive an order more quickly, you can visit the Vital Records office or mail in your application.
- To place an Express Service order by phone call VitalChek at (866) 209-9482.
- For Internet orders go to www.VitalChek.com
The "Express Service" fee and the original "search fee" are non-refundable if the record is not found. UPS shipping is also available for an additional shipping fee.
|Vital Records||4815 W. Markham Street, Slot 44|
Little Rock, AR 72205