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Arkansas Public RecordsArkansas does limit access to certain types of records, but also has multiple resources available for retrieving the records. Although Arkansas birth records, death, marriage and divorce records are restricted, they can still be requested by authorized individuals from the Arkansas Department of Health.  In addition, the actual marriage and divorce records are held by individual County Clerks, which might not restrict access. The Administrative Office of the Courts oversees all the state courts and offers online public access to Arkansas court records. This includes access to civil and criminal court records from most District and Circuit Courts. Otherwise, court records should be requested from the local court that handled the case. Individuals may request Arkansas criminal records through the State Police, although access is restricted for third party requests. To explore historic Arkansas public records, like obituaries and military, vital and cemetery records, visit the Arkansas History Commission.

  • Authorized individuals may request Arkansas death records, birth, marriage and divorce records from the Department of Health. Requests for these Arkansas public records can be made in person, by mail or online, or by phone through VitalChek.
  • Arkansas marriage records and divorce records can also be requested from the County Clerk that recorded the event. Restrictions vary depending on the county.
  • View Arkansas court records online through the Administrative Office of the Courts online access portal.  You can also request the records in person or by mail from the specific court.
  • Request Arkansas criminal records from the State Police by mail. Criminal records requests on third parties require permission from the subject.
  • View historic Arkansas military records, vital records indexes, cemetery records and obituaries at the Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock.
  • About Arkansas Public Records

    Arkansas has volumes to offer in terms of researching various types of records, but there are restrictions. Vital records and criminal records are restricted due to privacy laws. However, Arkansas birth records become public record after 100 years, and death records are released after 50 years. According to the Department of Health, requests for marriage and divorce records are always restricted. However, the County Clerk that holds these Arkansas public records might not restrict access too severely and may be a more effective place to start your search. Authorized individuals may request Arkansas vital records, such as the person of record, a family member or legal representative.

    Arkansas criminal records can be released to a third party, but the subject must give consent on the release form, and this must be notarized. Third party criminal records released include only conviction history. It is possible to get around this hurdle by performing an Arkansas public record search through the court system for criminal records. This will return any criminal court records, even if the case isn’t closed.

    Obtaining Arkansas Free Online Public Records

    The Administrative Office of the Courts is the central place to learn about the various types of courts and what types of cases they handle. Also available is the public access search tool that provides free online public records in Arkansas. Both civil and criminal court records can be searched here for most courts that report to this online system. You can search by name or case number, and the results provide an overview of the case and what court heard the case. You can also narrow your search by county. Included in court records are Arkansas divorce records, which aren’t restricted through the Administrative Office of the Courts.

    Once you find the court records you seek in your Arkansas free online public records search, you can request copies of the case file or visit the courthouse that handled the case to view the file. You will find the identifying information necessary to make a request by mail, phone or in person, although there will be a fee to make copies.

    Historic Arkansas Gov Public Records

    The Arkansas History Commission offers a wealth of historic records, including Arkansas military records from the Civil War, Revolutionary War, Spanish-American War and the War of 1812, to name a few. Also included in the collection are Arkansas cemetery records from around the state, obituaries and several vital records indexes. You can perform an online search for these Arkansas gov public records through the History Commission’s website, but only some records have been digitized. An in-person visit will yield important records for anyone performing genealogy research, and there is no entrance fee.



     
    State of Arkansas Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    2,390,855

     
    Under 18:
    700,537

     
    Over 65:
    397,108

     
    Employed:
    1,339,601

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    52,068.17

     
    Acres of Farms:
    14,793,502

     
    Births:
    39,208

     
    Deaths:
    28,055

     
    Infant Deaths:
    195

     
     
    Murder:
    162

     
    Forcible Rape:
    1,395

     
    Robbery:
    2,735

     
    Assault:
    10,082

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    14,374

     
    Burglary:
    33,694

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    69,303

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    6,511

     
    Total Property Crime:
    109,508

     
    Arkansas Public Records Locations
    Arkansas State Police
    Crash Records Section
    1 State Police Plaza Dr
    Little Rock, AR 72209
    Phone:
    501-618-8130

    Fax:
    501-618-8131










    Attorney General's Office
    323 Center St #200
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Phone:
    501-682-2007

     
    800-489-8982

    Fax:
    501-682-8084










     
    Arkansas Department of Health
    Division of Vital Records
    PO Box 8184
    Little Rock, AR 72203-8184
    Phone:
    501-661-2174

    Fax:
    501-661-2717










    Secretary of State
    Business & Commercial Service Division
    State Capitol Bldg
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Phone:
    501-682-3409

     
    888-233-0325

    Fax:
    501-682-3437










     
    Arkansas State Police
    Identification Bureau
    #1 State Police Plaza Dr
    Little Rock, AR 72209
    Phone:
    501-618-8500

    Fax:
    501-618-8404










    Arkansas Department of Health
    Division of Vital Records
    PO Box 8184
    Little Rock, AR 72203-8184
    Phone:
    501-661-2174

    Fax:
    501-661-2717










     
    Arkansas Department of Health
    Division of Vital Records
    PO Box 8184
    Little Rock, AR 72203-8184
    Phone:
    501-661-2174

    Fax:
    501-661-2717










    Department of Driver Services
    Driving Records Division
    PO Box 1272, Room 1130
    Little Rock, AR 72203-1272
    Phone:
    501-682-7207

     
    501-682-7908

    Fax:
    501-682-2075










     
    GED Testing
    Dept of Workforce Education
    #3 Capitol Mall, Room 305D
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Fax:
    501-682-1982










    Governor's Office
    State Capitol, #250
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Phone:
    501-682-2345

    Fax:
    501-682-3597










     
    Arkansas Department of Corrections
    Records Supervisor
    PO Box 8707
    Pine Bluff, AR 71611-8707
    Phone:
    870-267-6424

     
    870-267-6999










    Elections Department
    State Capitol
    Room 026
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Phone:
    501-682-5070

    Fax:
    501-682-3408










     
    Arkansas Department of Health
    Division of Vital Records
    PO Box 8184
    Little Rock, AR 72203-8184
    Phone:
    501-661-2174

    Fax:
    501-661-2717










    Arkansas Crime Information Center
    Sexual Offender Registry
    One Capitol Mall, 4D200
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Phone:
    501-682-7441

    Fax:
    501-683-5592










     
    Arkansas History Commission
    State Archives
    One Capitol Mall
    Little Rock, AR 72201









    Administrative Office of Courts
    625 Marshall Street, Ste 1100
    Little Rock, AR 72201-1078
    Phone:
    501-682-9400

     
    501-682-6849

    Fax:
    501-682-9410










     
    UCC Division - Commercial Svcs
    Secretary of State
    State Capitol Bldg
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Phone:
    501-682-5078

    Fax:
    501-682-3500










    Office of Motor Vehicles
    MV Title Records
    PO Box 1272, Room 1100
    Little Rock, AR 72203
    Phone:
    501-682-4692

     
    800-662-8247

    Fax:
    501-682-4756










     
    Secretary of State
    Voter Services
    State Capitol, Room 026
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Phone:
    501-682-3204

    Fax:
    501-682-3548










    Workers Compensation Commission
    Operations/Compliance
    324 Spring Street, PO Box 950
    Little Rock, AR 72203-0950
    Phone:
    501-682-3930

     
    800-622-4472

    Fax:
    501-682-6761