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How do you get a copy of your birth certificate in Arkansas?

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To obtain a copy of your birth certificate in Arkansas, you must fill out the birth certification application provided on the Arkansas Department of Health website. Mail or deliver the form in person, along with a copy of a valid photo ID and the applicable fee, to the Vital Records office. Unless paying for expedited service, you should receive a copy of your birth certificate, if it is on record, within four to six weeks.

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  1. Print and fill out the application

    Download and print the birth certificate application from the Vital Records section of the Arkansas Department Records website. Birth records are available from February 1, 1914.

  2. Make a photocopy of your identification

    Photocopy a valid proof of identification, such as a driver's license, passport or state ID.

  3. Pay the applicable fee

    You must pay for each copy of the birth certificate record you are requesting by check or money order, payable to the Arkansas Department of Health. As of 2014, it costs $12 for the first copy, then $10 for each additional copy.

  4. Mail or deliver your application

    If you are mailing the application, send it to the Arkansas Department of Health - Vital Records. You can also deliver it in person during normal business hours. Expect to receive your birth certificate in four to six weeks. If you wish to receive it faster, you can order a copy over the phone using the number provided on the application.

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