Vital Records/Certificates 

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.

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®.

  • To place an Express Service order by phone call VitalChek at (866) 209-9482.
  • For Internet orders go to

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 Records4815 W. Markham Street, Slot 44
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-661-2336, 800-637-9314501-661-2717