Arkansas marriage records are kept by the Arkansas Health department. The vital records department maintains marriage records dating back to January of 1917. Marriages that occurred before that date are not recorded in the Arkansas vital records department.
The Arkansas vital records department only provides what they call a marriage coupon. They do not provide an actual copy of the marriage license. You can obtain a certified copy of the coupon of marriage which is accepted by all state and federal offices. The fee for a marriage coupon is $10 per copy. You may also obtain a record of a divorce decree for a fee of $10. Most requests for Arkansas marriage records can be processed the same day if you go to the vital records office.
Arkansas marriage records are also kept in each county where the marriage took place. If you wish to obtain a copy of the actual marriage license you may contact the county clerk in the county where the marriage was originally recorded. The state of Arkansas has 75 counties. Each county may have different rules and procedures when it comes to issuing marriage records.
Each county in Arkansas has its own specific rules went it comes to obtaining a marriage license. The following are examples of two counties and their specific rules for obtaining a license to marry in Arkansas.
In Boone County the cost for a marriage license is $54. The bride and groom must be present to receive the marriage license. Each must show at least one form of Identification which may be a drivers license, passport, state issued identification, or military identification. The bride and groom must also provide their social security number.
If you would like a copy of your marriage license and you do not live in Boone County, you may mail your request to the county clerk. You should include the full name of both parties of the marriage, along with a self addressed stamped envelope and a fee of $5.
To obtain a marriage License in Carroll County you may come to the courthouse or you may request one by mail. The fee for the license is $60. Both parties must be present in order to receive the marriage license. The bride and the groom must 18 years or older. Each Party must provide their social security card or a document with the social security number on it and a valid form of identification, such as a passport, drivers, license, or a certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal.
There is no waiting period in order to receive the marriage license. Once the application is processed the bride and groom can receive their license to marry. The license can only be used in the state of Arkansas. There is no requirement for couples to take a blood test to be married in the state of Arkansas. There is also no requirement for witnesses.
To obtain an Arkansas marriage certificate follow the instructions below:
Download and complete the Arkansas Marriage Record Application.
Complete the form, including the names of groom, bride, bride's maiden name, date and county of marriage, your relationship to the parties on the divorce, and the reason for request.
Bring the completed form to the Arkansas Dept. of Health, Vital Records Section, or mail the form along with a $10.00 fee by check or money order to the address below. Phone orders are accepted with a credit card payment
For more information contact the office below:
Arkansas Department of Health
Vital Statistics Section
4850 W. Markham
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: (888) 803-1118
Information About Arkansas Marriage Records
The State of Arkansas keeps marriage records issued from 1917 to the present in the Arkansas Vital Records office. While the actual marriage license is not at the Vital Records Office, they will issue a certified copy of the Coupon of Marriage.
Who May Obtain Arkansas Marriage Documents?
Arkansas Vital Records Statute 20-18-305 restricts access to marriage records only to specific persons related to the registrants, designated representatives, academic research groups, and to persons who can demonstrate a right to possess the record..
Information Required for Arkansas Marriage Records
Arkansas divorce record requests must include the full name of the husband, full name of the wife including maiden name, marriage date, county the license was issues, your relationship to the parties on the marriage certificate, reason for request, and a check or money order in the amount of $10.00