Arkansas only keeps records of marriages that date from 1917 until the present time. The Vital Records Department of Arkansas files the records, but don't provide a copy of the actual marriage certificate. They do give you a "marriage coupon" which states much the same information you'd get with a copy of the certificate. To receive a copy of an Arkansas marriage record, you must know the county in which the event took place and apply to the county clerk. The fee for the search is $10. If you need further help in obtaining Arkansas marital records, contact the following office:
Division of Vital Records
Arkansas Dept. of Health
4815 West Markham St., Slot 44
Little Rock, AR 72205-3867
Phone: (501) 661-2336
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When you know the county where the marriage took place, you must abide by the rules of that area about how to obtain the record. In some counties you may have to provide photo identification and state your reason for wanting a copy of the marriage certificate. Others may be more lenient, but you may still need to fill out a form to gain access.
To bypass the hassle of going through a state to access marriage records, you might want to consider using an online search site. There are lots of other benefits for using an online site to perform your search, including the accuracy of the information contained on the certificate and the fact that you don't have to know which county in which the event took place. If time is a factor and you need the certificate soon, an online search site can usually deliver a report to you within minutes. The search engines of most of the online search sites can search Arkansas marital records in a fast and thorough manner and you can be sure that the data is up-to-date and thorough.
Internet search sites charge a reasonable fee to perform a search for you, but if no record is found, there is no charge. Most people who search through vital records as part of a job maintain a membership to one of these sites so they can search whenever they need or want to. But, you can pay a one-time fee to search through vital records. Each search site is different, so you just need to find one that suits your needs. If you're concerned about privacy, an Internet search site encrypts your payment information, so you never have to worry about someone discovering that it was you who requested the data. To find out more about how an online search site can help you find Arkansas marriage records, simply click on the link.
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