The Arkansas Department of Health is rolling out vital records services to all local health units in all counties. By the end of this year, all health units should be able to process same-day, in-person requests for birth certificates and death certificates in most cases, according to an ADH news release.


Statewide, those services are currently available in Pulaski-Central, Washington, Benton, Jefferson, Craighead, Crittenden, Hempstead, Grant, Union, St. Francis, Boone, Drew and Bradley county local health units.


Records requests will still be processed at the central ADH office in Little Rock. Online and mail-in requests will also still be available. Any requests to change or correct information on existing birth or death certificates must still be handled in the Little Rock office at 4815 W. Markham St., the news release states.


“Arkansans need access to their vital records for a variety of reasons, some of which can be time-sensitive,” Don Adams, ADH center director for local public health, says in the release. “We are pleased to be able to offer same-day service for these records requests in all of our counties in the near future.”


A backlog for records requests had overwhelmed the ADH as recently as last year.


For information about ordering vital records, visit www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/program/certificates-and-records. For information about local health unit locations and services, visit www.healthy.arkansas.gov/health-units.