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What Records Are Public In Arkansas?

In Arkansas, the state's public records law is governed by the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which is found in Arkansas Code Annotated §25-19-101 et seq. According to FOIA, all "public records" are open for inspection and copying by any citizen of Arkansas. Public records refer to any writing, including electronic documents, produced by or collected by a public entity in the course of its operations. Some examples of public records in Arkansas include, but are not limited to, official reports, minutes of meetings, budgets, audits, contracts, salary schedules, and email correspondence. However, there are certain exemptions to what constitutes a public record in Arkansas such as personnel files or student records. Additionally, Arkansas citizens are entitled to request public records to be provided to them in the form of photocopies, electronic copies or they can inspect the records in person at the agency or department that holds the record. The custodian of every public record is required under Arkansas law to fulfill a public record request within 3 business days or explain why a delay is expected. In conclusion, Arkansas law requires government entities to provide transparency to the public by allowing access to most public records. The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act is a valuable tool for those seeking to obtain and review public records in the state.

Who Do You Contact For Public Records In Arkansas?

In Arkansas, the state agency responsible for maintaining and providing public records is the Arkansas Department of Health's Vital Records Department. Access to some records may also be available from county or municipal government offices. The following types of records are available through the Arkansas Department of Health's Vital Records Department: birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, and divorce certificates. Records are typically available for events that occurred within the state of Arkansas from 1935 to present. To obtain a record, you may submit an application in person, by mail, or online. In addition to the Vital Records Department, Arkansas state agencies and local school districts are also subject to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which grants the public access to government records and meetings. To request records from a state agency or local school district, you may submit a FOIA request directly to the agency or district. It is important to note that not all records are available to the public due to privacy considerations, such as medical records or juvenile records. Additionally, some records may be restricted and require a court order or other legal documentation to access.

How Do I Make A Change To Public Records In Arkansas?

In Arkansas, public records are maintained and managed by various government agencies at the state and local levels. To make a change to a public record, you will need to identify the agency that is responsible for the records and follow their procedures for making changes. For vital records such as birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage licenses, the Arkansas Department of Health's Vital Records office is responsible for managing these records. To make changes to a vital record, you will need to complete an application for correction or amendment of a vital record form which can be found on the Arkansas Department of Health’s website. The form will require you to provide information about the record that needs to be corrected or amended, your contact information, and the reason for the change. The form needs to be submitted in person, by mail, or via online portals with the required documents. For other types of public records, such as court records, property records, and business records, you will need to contact the agency that maintains these records. Each agency will have its own requirements and procedures for making changes to records, so it is recommended that you contact the agency directly to obtain the necessary information. For example, to make changes to a property record, you should contact the county assessor's office in the county where the property is located. Overall, it is important to note that changes to public records are not always possible or easily obtained depending on the nature of the change requested. It is advised to gather all necessary documents and data and understand the process before placing such requests.

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Contact Arkansas Public Officials:

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Image of Sarah Huckabee Sanders The  Governor of Arkansas

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders

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Governor of Arkansas

Address

500 Woodlane Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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Image of Leslie Rutledge The  Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas

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Leslie Rutledge

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Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas

Address

500 Woodlane Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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Image of Mark Lowery The  AR State Treasurer

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Mark Lowery

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AR State Treasurer

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500 Woodlane Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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Image of Dennis Milligan The  AR State Auditor

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Dennis Milligan

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AR State Auditor

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500 Woodlane Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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Image of Tommy Land The  AR Commissioner of State Lands

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Tommy Land

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AR Commissioner of State Lands

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1020 West 4th Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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Image of John Thurston The  AR Secretary of State

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John Thurston

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AR Secretary of State

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500 Woodlane Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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Image of Tim Griffin The  AR State Attorney General

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Tim Griffin

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AR State Attorney General

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323 Center Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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Image of Barbara Webb The  AR State Supreme Court Justice

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Barbara Webb

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AR State Supreme Court Justice

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625 Marshall Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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Image of Courtney Hudson The  AR State Supreme Court Justice

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Courtney Hudson

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AR State Supreme Court Justice

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625 Marshall Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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Image of John Dan Kemp The  AR State Supreme Court Justice

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John Dan Kemp

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AR State Supreme Court Justice

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625 Marshall Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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Image of Karen R. Baker The  AR State Supreme Court Justice

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Karen R. Baker

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AR State Supreme Court Justice

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625 Marshall Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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Image of Rhonda K. Wood The  AR State Supreme Court Justice

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Rhonda K. Wood

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AR State Supreme Court Justice

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625 Marshall Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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Image of Robin F. Wynne The  AR State Supreme Court Justice

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Robin F. Wynne

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AR State Supreme Court Justice

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625 Marshall Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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Image of Shawn A. Womack The  AR State Supreme Court Justice

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Shawn A. Womack

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AR State Supreme Court Justice

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625 Marshall Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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Contact Arkansas Court Houses

Map Of Arkansas Highlighting Ashley County

Ashley County Circuit Court

Map Of Arkansas Highlighting Grant County

Grant County Circuit Court

Address: 101 W Center St, #106 Sheridan, AR 72150
Phone: 870-942-2631
Fax: 870-942-3564
Map Of Arkansas Highlighting Woodruff County

Woodruff County District Court - McCrory

Contact Arkansas Sheriffs Offices

Map Of Arkansas Highlighting Ashley County

Ashley County Sheriff's Office

Address: 842 Ashley Rd 12 W, Hamburg, AR 71646
Phone: (870) 853-2040
Map Of Arkansas Highlighting Grant County

Grant County Sheriff's Office

Address: 101 W Center St, Sheridan, AR 72150
Phone: (870) 942-2101
Map Of Arkansas Highlighting Woodruff County

Woodruff County Sheriff's Office

Address: 500 N 3rd St, Augusta, AR 72006
Phone: (870) 347-5152

Contact Arkansas Prisons

Map Of Arkansas Highlighting Ashley County

Ashley County Prison

Address: 842 Ashley Road 12 West, Hamburg, AR 71646
Phone: 870-853-2040
Fax: 870-853-9822
Map Of Arkansas Highlighting Grant County

grant county Prison

Map Of Arkansas Highlighting Woodruff County

Woodruff County Prison

Address: 500 North 3rd Street, Augusta, AR 72006
Phone: 870-347-2583
Fax: 870-347-1123

Contact Arkansas Clerks Offices

Map Of Arkansas Highlighting Ashley County

Ashley County Clerk's Office

Phone: 1 870-853-2020
Address: 205 E Jefferson St # 5, Hamburg, AR 71646
Map Of Arkansas Highlighting Grant County

Grant County Clerks Office

Phone: 1 870-942-2631
Address: 101 W Center St, Sheridan, AR 72150
Map Of Arkansas Highlighting Woodruff County

Woodruff County Clerk's Office

Phone: 1 870-347-2391
Address: 500 N 3rd St, Augusta, AR 72006

Contact Arkansas Recorders Offices

Map Of Arkansas Highlighting Ashley County

Ashley County Recorder of Deeds

Phone: 870-853-2030
Address: 205 East Jefferson Street Hamburg, Arkansas, 71646
Map Of Arkansas Highlighting Grant County

Grant County Recorder of Deeds

Phone: 870-942-2631
Address: 101 West Center Street Sheridan, Arkansas, 72150
Map Of Arkansas Highlighting Woodruff County

Woodruff County Recorder of Deeds

Phone: 870-347-2391
Address: PO Box 492 Augusta, Arkansas, 72006

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