Arkansas Birth Records Search

Arkansas’ Department of Health is the entity responsible for maintaining birth records for the state. With a quick Arkansas birth records search, they can find yours and present you with a copy in minutes. Arkansas 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 Arkansas Birth Records

The state of Arkansas 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.

Arkansas 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.

Arkansas Population

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

Arkansas 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
New Mexico - 11.82North Dakota - 15.04
Indiana - 12.17Oklahoma - 13.53
New York - 11.15Alaska - 15.12
Georgia - 12.63Texas - 14.03
Arizona - 11.68Utah - 16.47

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
Faulkner County - 12.55Washington County - 14.38
Sebastian County - 13.47Benton County - 14.02
Pulaski County - 13.60Pulaski County - 13.60
Benton County - 14.02Sebastian County - 13.47
Washington County - 14.38Faulkner County - 12.55

Arkansas Fertility Rate

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 - 68.87, Benton - 68.52 and Pulaski - 66.02. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Washington County62.78
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 Arkansas birth records search 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 ordering 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: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Arkansas Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.