How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Arkansas?
After you are divorced, you often need to prove your identity, name change or marital status and therefore you need a copy of your divorce certificate. If you were not given one at the time of the divorce or cannot find yours, there are ways you can obtain a copy.
If you want a certified copy of your actual divorce decree, you must contact the court clerk’s office where your divorce was finalized.
However, the Arkansas Department of Health issues copies of the divorce coupon which is a legal document accepted by all state and federal agencies.
There is a $10 fee to obtain a copy of your divorce record through the Arkansas Department of Health. If you need it expedited, there is an additional charge. Regardless if the search yields a match, the $10 will be kept as a search fee.
Only family members may obtain copies of divorce records for their relatives. The following lists anyone who can obtain a copy of divorce records:
- You, as the individual.
- Your mother.
- Your father.
- Your child.
- Your grandchild.
- Your grandparent.
Anyone else requesting a copy must have written authorization from you or your ex-spouse, or have a court order authorizing it. The only exception to this is divorce records which are more than fifty years old.
How to Obtain by Mail
You can grab a request form online here and then mail it to the address below:
Arkansas Department of Health
Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
You must include a check or money order for the $10 fee (cash is not accepted). Include a copy of your current valid ID as well.
You can also obtain a copy by visiting the ADH vital records office (above) anytime Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Another option is to obtain a copy through vitalchek.com, and they provide expedited services.
One final option is to call (866) 209-9482 and pay the fee with a credit card. This option also offers expedited service.