Death Records

The Division of Vital Records issues a certified copy of the original death certificate in paper form.

The cost of a certified death certificate is $10.00 for the first copy and $8.00 for each additional copy issued at the same time for the same certificate. If no record is found or no co py 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. If the customer has used the express credit card service, both the expedite fee of $6.00 and the search fee of $10.00 are not refundable. A request can be made for a refund of any money, which was paid in excess of $16.00.

Arkansas Statute 20-18-305 does not allow public release of death records, which are less than 50 years old. The law does permit release to specific persons who are related to the registrant and to his/her designated representatives, to academic research groups, and to persons who can demonstrate a right to the record.

  • The full name of the deceased.
  • The date of death
  • The county or city of death
  • The name of the funeral home (optional)
  • The requester's relationship to the deceased
  • The requester's reason for requesting the certificate
  • Please note if this was a stillborn infant
  • A check or money order made payable to Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Death Certificate Application