Lawrence County, Arkansas Vital Records
Vital records consist of birth, death, divorce and marriage records of an individual. These are useful to genealogists and historians who are tracing a person’s history. Additionally, vital records can put together a genealogic picture of a person’s life. However, Arkansas is very selective when it comes to releasing these records. For instance, birth records and death records only become public after a waiting period of 100 & 50 years (respectively), unless you are the person who is on the record, authorized attorney, or a member of the immediate family (then you can view the records anytime). Marriage and divorce records are different – they are never available to the public; only the wife, husband, their lawyers and the immediate family may view the information contained on a marriage or divorce record.
Birth record requests require a payment of $12 (also non-refundable) for the first copy that you request and $10 for additional copies; you also must include this form: http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsServices/certificatesVitalRecords/Documents/vr-7_birth_certificate_application.pdf
. Lastly, to better guide the clerks, include the following information: the full name of the person on the birth certificate (including maiden name), date of birth, city or town and county of birth, father’s and mother’s full names (including the mother’s maiden name), your relationship to the person on the birth record, and the reason you’re requesting a birth record.
Request a copy in person at:
Lawrence County Health Unit - Walnut Ridge
1050 W. Free Street
Walnut Ridge, AR 72476
Phone number: (870) 886-3201
Fax number: (870) 886-1722
Administrator: Bobby Bridges
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Any vital records request can be handled through the state’s health department at: Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 W. Markham Street, Slot 44, Little Rock, AR 72205.
Marriage and Divorce Records (Coupons)
The County Clerk is the person to talk to about obtaining actual marriage and divorce records; coupons (which are basically the same as records) are issued by the Arkansas Department of Health. Each coupon is $10, and the proper following form needs to be included with your request:
See above for the Arkansas Department of Health’s mailing address. You can call the office at (501) 661-2336 or (800) 637-9314 with questions.
County Clerk of Lawrence County
Send your request for a marriage or divorce record to the Lawrence County Clerk, located at 315 West Main, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476. Call with questions at (870) 886-1111.