Lookup Public Records in Desha CountyArkansas. Including Vital Birth and Death Records, Deeds, Probate, Property Records, Mortgages, Liens, Judgments, Marriage Licenses, Voter Registrar, Payroll, Military Discharges.

Desha County, Arkansas Overview

Located in the state of Arkansas, Desha County has a population of about 13,008, according to the US Census Bureau. It ranks fifty-sixth of Arkansas’s seventy-five counties in terms of population. The county seat is Arkansas City; however, Dumas is the largest community. Located in the Arkansas Delta, Desha County’s rivers and fertile soils prosperous for planters under the cotton-based economy of plantation agriculture in the antebellum years and late nineteenth century. Still largely rural, it has suffered population losses and economic decline since the mid-20th century. But following widespread farm mechanization, Desha County had a demographic and economic transformation. Farm workers left the area because of the lack of work, and there was a decline in population. Farm holdings have been consolidated into industrial style farms and the economy cannot support much activity. In the 21st century, the county is seeking to reverse population and economic losses through better education for its workforce, and developing tourism based on its cultural, historical and outdoor recreation amenities. The total square miles of the county are 820, 768 of that is land, and the remaining 51 square miles is water. During World War II, the federal government established the Rohwer War Relocation Center, an internment camp for Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans it forced out of the coastal area of California and the Pacific Northwest. The camp operated from late 1942 into 1945 and the end of the war, holding up to nearly 8500 ethnic Japanese, many American-born citizens. The Rohwer War Relocation Center Cemetery has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. The county is bordered by one Mississippi county, Bolivar to the east. The remaining neighbors for Desha County are all in Arkansas. Lincoln County is to the northwest, Drew to the southwest, Chicot to the south, Phillips to the northeast and Arkansas County to the north. The county is also partially home to the White River National Wildlife Refuge, which is under national protection. Desha County uses 11 zip codes, the largest of which is 71639.

Desha County Clerk Information

The Desha County Courthouse address is:
Desha County Courthouse
608 Robert S Moore Ave, PO Box 188
Arkansas City, AR 71630

The County Clerk is Valerie Donaldson and her duties include the following. Ms. Donaldson can be reached by either phone: 870-877-2323, or email: countyclerk2@deshacounty.org

  • Secretary to the Quorum Court
  • Secretary to the Equalization Board
  • Filing and recording County Court orders
  • Payroll
  • Accounts payable
  • Voter registration
  • Election records
  • Marriage licenses
  • Recording DBA Certifications (Doing business under an assumed name)
  • Provide birth and death certificate forms

Kristin Christmas is the Circuit Clerk, and her primary duties of the Circuit Court Clerk office revolve around filing, docketing, attending court, issuing of notices, records management, and reporting to the Administrative Office of the Courts. It is the responsibility of the Circuit Clerk to prepare a list of prospective jurors, docket cases of the respective courts, issue summonses, subpoenas, writs and warrants related to each case, attend court and swear witnesses. The Clerk maintains the records of the civil, criminal and Juvenile divisions of the Courts and prepares transcripts of proceedings under appeal. The records of the Circuit Courts are the evidence of their official acts and, therefore, it is necessary that they be accurately recorded and well maintained. Ms. Christmas can be reached either by phone: 870-877-2411 or email: kchristmas@deshacounty.org

Desha County Records

Gaye Brown serves as the County Assessor and can be reached by phone or email at: 870-877-2431 or gayet.assessor@deshacounty.org

Duties of the office in the capacity of Recorder include recording all deeds, mortgages, and conveyances of lands and buildings lying within the County, as well as maps and plats of newly laid out villages and all records from other counties concerning land sales or conveyance which affect title in the County. Other duties assigned the Recorder include the recording of powers of attorney, liens on real property, soldier’s discharges, leases, financing statements, performance bonds and public official bonds.

The Desha County recorder of deeds is located here:
604 President Ave
Arkansas City, Arkansas 71630

And you may search titles and recordation’s here

County and circuit courts file dockets and official court records with this office. Service Contact Information: Circuit Clerk (870) 877-2411

Marriage licenses are issued and recorded in this office. The fee for a marriage license is $60 and both parties must be present with valid ID. Service Contact Information: County Clerk (870) 877-2323

Real property legal documents are recorded in this office. They include deeds, mortgages, liens, surety bonds, and plats. Service Contact Information: County Clerk (870) 877-2411

Desha County Marriage License Office
In order to obtain a marriage license in Desha County, the applicants must apply together, in person, at the County Clerk’s office. Both parties must present their state-issued picture ID, military ID, or passport, and know their social security number
State Law:Marriage – Title 9, Ch. 11 and Premarital agreements – Title 9, Ch. 11, Subchapter 4
All State Statutes: Information is online at the State Website
Office:Desha County Marriage License
Location:604 Robert S Moore Avenue, McGehee, Arkansas, 71654

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