The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is now offering services for birth certificates and death certificates, according to a department news release.
At least one local health unit (LHU) in every county is now ready to process same-day, in-person requests for birth certificates and death certificates.
In addition to in-person and mail requests for vital records services, a new .gov online system recently launched in partnership with Information Network of Arkansas (INA) for online orders.
“We are thrilled to now offer these same-day services to Arkansans in every county,” said Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH, ADH director and state health officer. “It is important for Arkansans across the state to have convenient access to their records.”
ADH has already issued more than 37,000 birth and death certificates from the local health units as services became available locally this year.
“Offering vital records locally helps reduce travel time for Arkansans and has provided an easier option for them to get these important documents,” according to the release.
These services are available in all county health units except WIC-only clinics and health units that aren’t open every weekday. Same-day services are available in most instances, but there a few situations that will require more time.
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 West Markham Street.
“The Department of Health has achieved simplicity by providing easy and quick access to copies of important documents in every county in the state,” said Gov. Asa Hutchinson. “I commend Dr. Smith and the Department of Health for this first-rate efficiency, which is a continuation of the department’s good work to eliminate backlogs and to meet the needs of Arkansans which is our highest priority. This is a great example of government transformation at its best.