Arkansas Birth Records Search

Arkansas’ Department of Health is the entity responsible for maintaining AR birth records for the state. With a quick Arkansas birth records search, they can find yours and present you with a copy in minutes. It has been retaining birth records since 1914.

They provide veterans with free copies of their birth certificate, upon request.

You will need a copy of your photo ID when you fill out the application. The acceptable forms of ID are: U.S. driver’s license,  tribal ID, passport, visa, resident alien card, employment authorization card,  temporary resident card.

When ordering, you will need the person’s full name, date of birth, place of birth, mother and father’s full names, the name of the hospital and the town of birth.

If you have any questions about the ordering process or options you can contact the Department of Health Vital Records Office at 1-800-637-9314, or by email at

Types of AR Birth Records

The state offers only certified, legal copies of birth records. You must be 18 years or older to request a copy of your own. Only the following people can request a copy of your birth record on your behalf:

  • Your parents.
  • Your legal guardian.
  • Your spouse.
  • Your domestic partner.
  • Your children.
  • A government agency.
  • A genealogist.
  • Authorized, legal representative.

It also offers the service of amending or correcting wrong birth records due to adoption, adding the father later, change in surname, surrogate motherhood, or change in gender on the certificate. Contact them for a case-by-case basis appointment.

State Population

The current population of Arkansas is 3,020,327 million people and it is the 29th fastest growing state in the U.S. with a growth rate of 38%. Since the last U.S. census in 2010, it has grown by approximately 60,000 people. Population density for Arkansas is relative to it’s middle-ranking nationwide.

The state has a surface area of 53,179 square miles, which equates to 56 people every square mile, making this state the 34th most dense in the nation. The state was acquired during the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and became a territory in 1819. 

State Population
1 birth every 824 seconds

1 death every 1236 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in Arkansas. The total population of Arkansas is estimated at 2,988,231 people with 1,468,111 male and 1,520,120 female. There are 52,009 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.87% of the total population.

The Arkansas Gender Ratio is 97 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.97. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

Arkansas Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 13.07 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 38,274 total births — the lowest in Arkansas history, and higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 38,274, 0.97% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Arkansas

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Arkansas Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Arkansas
Michigan - 11.30South Dakota - 14.32
Alabama - 12.25North Dakota - 15.04
Oregon - 11.05Nebraska - 13.93
Georgia - 12.63District Of Columbia - 14.47
Ohio - 11.34Alaska - 15.12

Top 5 Counties in Arkansas with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Arkansas with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Arkansas with the highest birth rate
Saline County - 11.17Washington County - 14.38
Faulkner County - 12.55Benton County - 14.02
Sebastian County - 13.47Pulaski County - 13.60
Pulaski County - 13.60Sebastian County - 13.47
Benton County - 14.02Faulkner County - 12.55

Fertility Rate in AR

In Arkansas the fertility rate based on historical data went from 69.45 to 63.87 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 66.36 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 26.42 to 27.37.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of Arkansas are Sebastian County - 68.87, Benton County - 68.52 and Pulaski County - 66.02. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Washington County62.78
Saline County59.18
Faulkner County53.57

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain an Arkansas Birth Certificate

Along with walk-in service, you can order your Arkansas birth record through the mail, by phone or online. If you choose to visit them, their offices are located at 4815 West Markham St. Little Rock, AR 72205. They are only open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The cost for the first AR birth record is $12, and every copy after that is an additional $10. If no record is found, Arkansas keeps the $12 for a search fee. You can get same-day service if you visit the office, but if you order by mail, it will take 10-14 days. If you order by phone, you can ask for expedited shipping. Online orders will take about 7-14 days, and additional fees apply when performing Arkansas birth records search online.

Arkansas Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $12.00
Organization: Arkansas Department of Health
Address:Vital Records Section, Slot 44; 4815 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72205
Remarks: State office has records since February 1914 and some original Little Rock and Fort Smith records from 1881. Additional copies of the same birth record, when requested at the same time are $10.00 each. Personal check or money order should be made payable to Arkansas Department of Health. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (501) 661-2336. This is a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at Arkansas Department of Health website. A photo ID of the person requesting the certificate is required with each application..