By the end of this year, all county health departments in Arkansas should be able to process same-day, in-person requests for birth certificates and death certificates, in most cases.


The Arkansas Department of Health is granting vital records services to all local health units in all counties, according to a news release.


Currently, these services are available in Jefferson, Bradley, Drew, Grant, Union, Pulaski-Central, Washington, Benton, Sebastian, Crawford, Craighead, Crittenden, Hempstead, St. Francis and Boone county local health units.


Records requests will still be processed at the central ADH office in Little Rock. Online and mail-in requests will also still be available. Any requests to change or correct information on existing birth or death certificates must still be handled in the Little Rock office located at 4815 W. Markham St.


“Arkansans need access to their vital records for a variety of reasons, some of which can be time-sensitive,” said Don Adams, ADH Center Director for Local Public Health. “We are pleased to be able to offer same-day service for these records requests in all of our counties in the near future.”


For more information about ordering vital records, visit: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/program/certificates-and-records.


For more information about local health unit locations and services, visit: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/health-units.