Arkansas Birth Records


Arkansas has been maintaining birth records since February 1, 1914 when the government made it mandatory to begin recording vital events such as births. Arkansas has a limited collection of birth records that date all the way back to 1881, including some from Little Rock and Fort Smith.

Arkansas is a closed record state, which means that certified copies can only be requested by the person named on the certificate, as well as their immediate family members (including spouse) and lawyers representing them. Birth records in Arkansas become public once they are 100 years old, which is for births in 1922 and before.

Arkansas Vital Records Office

The office that handles birth records for the entire state of Arkansas is The Department of Health, where they provide birth records, marriage records, divorce records, and death records.

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