The Vital Records law allows the Arkansas Vital Records to create delayed certificates and to make a variety of changes to records without a court order. Examples of some of these are:
For each action, Vital Records must use a specific procedure, which is mandated by law. Since there are so many different types of actions, we recommend the following: Send us a copy of the record or provide us with enough information so that we can locate the record or evaluate the request. If a change is needed, tell us what information is incorrect and what the correct information should be. Our personnel will send instructions telling exactly what is needed in order to perform the action. The mailing address is listed at the beginning of the web page. Please be specific and thorough.
Court Ordered Changes to Birth & Death Certificates:
There are some actions that require a court order before the certificate can be changed. Some examples of some of these are:
Arkansas Vital Records maintains the Putative Father Registry. The purpose of the registry is to allow an unmarried father of a born or unborn child to register his name so he will be notified before the child is placed for adoption. The father does not have to be listed on the birth certificate to register. For more information call (501) 661-2174.