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how to obtain a copy of a death certificate

Arkansas Vital Records has death records dating from February 1, 1914 through the present. There are a limited number of death records available for deaths occurring between 1881 and 1914 in Little Rock and Fort Smith. The Arkansas History Commission keeps an alphabetical listing of deaths in Arkansas dating from 1914 through 1949, but they do not have the actual death records.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What types of death documents are issued?

Answer :  Vital Records issues a certified copy of the original death certificate in paper form.

Q: How much do death records cost?

Answer. The cost of a certified death certificate is $10.00 for the first copy and $8.00 for each additional copy of the same record that is ordered at the same time. If no record is found or no copy is made, state law requires that we keep $10.00 for a search fee. You will receive a refund of any amount paid over the required $10.00 search fee. If you used the "Express Service" with a credit card, both the Express Service fee and the search fee of $10.00 are

not refundable. You will receive a credit of any credit card fees paid in excess of the combined search and Express Service fee. We accept cash, checks, or money orders made out to Arkansas Department of Health. Please do not send cash in the mail.

Q: Who may order a death record?

Answer : Arkansas Statute 20-18-305 allows release to specific persons who are related to the registrant, his/her designated representatives, academic research groups, and to persons who can demonstrate that they have a right to obtain the record.  Death records that are more than 50 years old can be released to the public.

Q: What information must I provide with the application?

  • Government issued photo identification
  • Full name of the deceased
  • Date of death
  • County or city of death
  • Name of the funeral home (optional)
  • Requester's relationship to the deceased
  • Requester's reason for requesting the certificate
  • Please note if this was a stillborn infant (See "Certificates of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth")
  • Cash, check, or money order made payable to Arkansas Department of Health

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