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What types of marriage and divorce copies are issued?
Arkansas Vital Records does not have either the actual marriage license or divorce decree. Customers who want a copy of the actual license or decree must contact the County Clerk or Circuit Clerk office where the record was recorded. Arkansas Vital Records issues a certified copy of the coupon of marriage or divorce in paper form.

How much do marriage and divorce records cost?
Arkansas Vital Records maintains a file of marriage and divorce coupons. These coupons are acceptable with organizations that require a certified record. The cost of a marriage or divorce coupon is $10.00 for each copy. If no record is found or no copy is made, state law requires that we keep $10.00 for a searching fee. The customer may request a refund of any amount paid over the required $10.00 search fee.

Who may order a marriage or divorce coupon?
Arkansas Vital Records Statute 20-18-305 does not allow Arkansas Vital Records to release marriage and divorce coupons to the general public. (The County Clerks office where the event was recorded may operate under different rules.) The Vital Records Statute does permit the Division to release to specific persons who are related to the registrant and to their designated representatives, to academic research groups, and to persons who can demonstrate a right to the record.

What information must be provided with the marriage application?

  • The full name of the groom 
  • The full name of the bride, to include her maiden name 
  • The marriage date 
  • The county in which the license was issued 
  • The requester’s relationship to the parties named on the marriage certificate 
  • The requester’s reason for requesting the certificate 
  • A check or money order payable to Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).


What information must be provided with the divorce application?

  • The full name of the husband 
  • The full name of the wife, to include her maiden name 
  • The date of divorce or dismissal 
  • The county in which the divorce was granted or dismissed 
  • The requester’s relationship to the parties named on the divorce certificate 
  • The requester’s reason for requesting the certificate 
  • A check or money order payable to the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)


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