How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Arkansas
There are many reasons why you need a copy of your birth certificate. For example, you may be joining the military, applying for a driver’s license or passport, need it for a high-security or government job or some other reason.
If you were born in Arkansas, just follow the instructions below to obtain a copy of your birth certificate.
The Arkansas Department of Health handles birth records. You must contact them for a copy.
Only specific people can access birth records and they as follows:
- The person named on the record.
- Your spouse.
- Your domestic partner.
- Your children.
- Your parents or guardians.
- Your attorney.
- Federal, state or local government agency.
- A genealogist.
For your convenience, they offer a few ways for you to order a certified copy of your birth certificate.
Records that are 100 years old or less are online and available for search and retrieval. You will need to have your name, address, date of birth, a valid driver’s license and proof of relationship to the person of record to apply online.
When ordering online, you will receive your copy within 7-14 days, and there are expedited shipping options available. You can pay the fee with a credit card.
You can also order a copy by mail. You must download the application and then mail it to the address below:
Arkansas Department of Health
Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
Mail with a check or money order and your order will be processed within 10-14 days.
You can also visit the office in person at 4815 West Markham St. Little Rock, AR 72205 to obtain a copy anytime Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
You may order by phone by calling (866) 209-9482.
You must pay a $12 non-refundable fee for each original copy and another $10 per additional copy.
If you order through the online system, the fee is $5 per copy and an administrative charge of $1.85 per transaction.