Arkansas Public Records

About Arkansas Open Public Record

The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act FOIA, was signed into law on February 14, 1967. The Arkansas FOIA is considered one of the strongest and best models for open government. The Arkansas FOIA provides the citizens of Arkansas open access to the conduct of the public's business at every level of government. There have been several amendments to the Arkansas FOIA since being signed into law and as of 2010 there are eighteen exemptions added to the original law. These exemptions were created by the Arkansas legislature and specifically protect such things as grand jury minutes, adoption records, and the identity of law enforcement officers currently working undercover, along with other protections. Arkansas was admitted to the union on June 15, 1836 and is the 25th state. The state of Arkansas consists of 75 counties and 3,695 populated places including cities, towns, neighborhoods, subdivisions and settlements. County and city agencies range from county and municipal judicial branches to law enforcement and social services. Online services from absentee ballot request to workers' compensation opinions record searches are available. Find the best research for Arkansas open public records online. Look up all public recorded information for Arkansas state, city and county governments. Links to all municipalities with vital statistics like birth, court and crime records. Explore up to date crime reports and news. Read about census data, people, demographics, education and background history for the residents of Arkansas. Discover property and land values, current real estate data and other public property records. Also uncover business statistics, employment and income data pertaining to the area. Access Arkansas crime statistics and solicit criminal records from law enforcement. All resources are updated regularly to bring you current records and services.
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Arkansas Free Public Records Directory


Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Ask Questions, About Arkansas

  • How do I find out if someone was just arrested in Arkansas?
    You can look up arrest logs in the country where the person was taken into custody by law enforcement (usually sheriffs department since it's county). Checking crime maps can show you which department responded and made the arrest. Second: Check the recent criminal activity reports for new incidents that are published by selecting a particular county in the menu above. (Staff)
  • How do I find out if someone has a warrant for their arrest, in Arkansas?
    Depends on where the warrant is out of? You can search the open warrant databases such as offered by Washington and Benton counties, or cities such as Fayetteville and Johnson. (Staff)
  • How can I get a copy of a marriage license in Arkansas?
    Arkansas Vital Records has marriage records dating from January 1917. Divorces from January 1923. Arkansas Department of Health's website provides the form. For actual license or decree you must contact the county/circuit clerk office where the marriage or divorce was recorded (Staff)
  • Where can I find Arkansas State prison records, from 1900 to 1920?
    You can look up historical or archived information freely online from the National Archives, then Records of the Bureau of Prisons (Record Group 129) 1870-1981. Here are the page from the national archives: Home, Research Our Records, Guide to Federal Records, then Records of the Bureau of Prisons. That will give you the record group number to do the search. (Staff)
  • How do I find my case number in Arkansas?
    You can connect to the court's case search page through this link: You should find it there. (Staff)
  • Where do I find in Arkansas, accident reports for February 11, 2016?
    Where was the accident and were the police there to take a report? Was it on the hwy or on city/county roads? The Arkansas state police has a webpage which shows fatal crashes online by date. You can see summaries, not the official reports for free. There are request portals on law enforcement webpages where the forms are often provided. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Arkansas, free access to my own criminal records?
    Yes, there are several websites with free criminal records. It's not just one site, you will need to look for them individually, even more so since they're free. Criminal information is scattered all over the net. Since you know where records would be, you can directly go to that source and see whether their records are freely available to the public. This link take you to a free record search provided from the state's judiciary. You can view District and Circuit cases. Once you pick how to search, whether by name, case number and so on, you will see a disclaimer page, there after, you will be able to choose criminal and narrow it with a more specified location (helpful with common names that return too many results). (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Arkansas, how to find a felon's record?
    You can search for felonies yourself with criminal court records. Use the link to the Administrative Office of the Courts above "Arkansas Court Records: Criminal cases, civil filings, divorces, bankruptcy and judgments. That will take you to a list of ways to search for criminal cases freely by name, case number and few other choices. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Arkansas, access to 1960's and 1970's arrest records?
    Depends which department or area. Police departments have records divisions that lists what they provide and how on their webpages. You will also find a call number where it can simply be asked. The arrests that you see posted on police websites are logs of people that were recently taken into custody. If you are looking for an official arrest report, the police department that made the arrest is the one that would still have it. Law enforcement records divisions maintain webpages with how to request official arrest reports. The Springdale PD for example has a records division webpage that says the arrest reports are provided unless the case is still under investigation. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Arkansas, a copy of my arrest report?
    Where did the arrest happen? Each police agency has their own policy and records office which handles report requests. Some departments do not charge a fee when the person arrested is requesting the report. (Staff)
  • Where do I find in Arkansas, the date of my grandfather's death?
    Which state was the death in? There is a Social Security Death Index which covers deaths from 1935 to 2014. That search is free and will tell you where the death occurred. There are few here and there that may not show, but most show the city and date of the death. There obituaries for more localized search, including archived information that can be looked up after that. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Alabama, access to a copy of an offender's criminal record?
    Yes, there are several methods to do it. Criminal history can be viewed at the criminal courthouse or clerk, some have their services online. Since criminal records are public, many private background check services obtain them and provide them for a fee. Many state police agencies conduct a background check for the public, in Arkansas however, there are restrictions as to who can request them. (Staff)

Arkansas Latest Crime Records (Updated 01/19/2021)

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Arkansas American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 01/19/2021)

  • About Arkansas ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates
    Arkansas's demographic and housing ACS survey of 2,947,036 being 0.94 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 49.1% males and 50.9% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • About Arkansas Selected Social Characteristics
    The Arkansas social characteristics data of 1,132,488 households, which make up 0.97 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 761,579 families with and without children. There are 752,073 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • About Arkansas Selected Economic Characteristics
    The Arkansas American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 2,315,782 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 0.93 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 1,366,807 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • About Arkansas Selected Housing Characteristics
    Arkansas housing characteristics are collected from 1,329,139 dwellings making up 1 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 1,132,488 or uninhabited 196,651 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 1,132,488 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.