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Alaska - How to obtain a copy of Birth Certificate

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Introduction

The birth certificate is used throughout a person’s lifetime. It is the chief legal source of information on your name, place of birth, and parents. If you have lost the original birth certificate by accident you can order for a copy by following the below procedure.

Eligibility

  • Alaska citizens.
  • Parents of the child.
  • A legal guardian, a legal representative, or to a person who provides documentation showing the birth certificate is needed for the determination of property rights.

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Instructions

  • A legal guardian must submit a certified copy of the guardianship papers granted by the court when requesting a birth certificate.
  • If you are a legal representative, include a letter stating whom you represent and how you are related to the person named on the record.
  • Use the full first, middle, and last names as they appear on the certificate when filling out the request form.
  • All births that occurred in Alaska can be processed. For births that occurred outside of Alaska, requests must be sent directly to the appropriate state.
  • All requests must include a copy of government-issued picture ID of the person requesting the birth record. A copy must be enlarged and lighten to ensure it is clear and readable when sent to the bureau.
  • Your signature under the copied ID must be included.
  • It is highly recommended to mail your request.
  • You can verify the current cost for copies by calling (334) 206-5418.
  • Personal check or money order should me made payable at Bureau of Vital Statistics.
  • You may request certificates in person at our Juneau, Anchorage, or Fairbanks Offices. Many requests made at our offices can be processed while you wait.

Required Information

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e.g.
1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.

Procedure

By Mail

  1. Print the request form: Alaska Birth Certificate Request Form.
  2. Complete the request form.
  3. Include the following in your note: full name of person at birth, date of birth, sex, county (or city) of birth, hospital of birth - if not in a hospital state "home", full maiden name of mother, full name of father, your name, your signature, your relationship to the person whose certificate you are requesting, address where the certificate is to be mailed, your daytime phone number.
  4. Include a check or money order for $30.00.
  5. Include a copy of a picture ID of the applicant.
  6. Sign your request.
  7. Mail or fax the request form to:
    Department of Health and Social Services,
    Bureau of Vital Statistics,
    5441 Commercial Boulevard,
    Juneau,
    AK 99801.

Online

To order birth certificate online please use the following link VitalChek.

  1. Click "Birth Certificate".
  2. On the next screen make sure "Birth Certificate" is selected and click "Start Order".
  3. Please choose the appropriate options and enter the information, the fee might be slightly expensive than the above mentioned procedure but the turn around time is quick.

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Required Documents

  • check or money order for $30.00
  • copy of a picture ID of the applicant
  • Completed request form for copy of Birth Certificate

Fees

  • Alaska charges a search fee for records. Once an order is received and processed, the first $30 record search fee is not refundable. If you order multiple copies and no record is found, the fees for the extra copies will be refunded.
  • The first copy of a certificate is $30.00 and additional copies are $25 for each copy of the same record ordered at the same time. The first copy of an heirloom certificate is $55.00 and extra copies are $50 for each copy of the same record ordered at the same time.
  • Records requiring an Apostille: Birth Certificates requiring authentication for a foreign country have additional fees. The additional charge is $12.00 for the first record, with $2.00 added for each additional copy of the same record. This includes the $2.00 fee for the Lt. Governor's office. The country that the record is being sent to must be noted on your request.
  • All NSF checks will be sent to a collection agency. There will be a $30.00 charge for returned checks.
  • Expedited (Rush) service requires an additional $11.00 fee. Orders may be processed by completing the request form and faxing it to the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Please do not mail expedited requests to our office.
  • Faxed requests require the $11.00 expedite (rush) fee.

Validity

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Processing Time

  • Requests sent by regular mail will normally be processed within 2 -3 weeks after receipt by the Bureau.
  • Heirloom requests are normally processed within 4 -6 weeks after receipt by the Bureau. Note that most governmental agencies do not accept heirloom certificates as proof of birth.
  • Expedited (Rush) requests submitted with credit card payment will normally be processed within 3 working days after receipt. Expedited requests must be faxed to our office. Note that there is no overnight express delivery to or from Alaska. Express delivery takes at least two days each way. As noted above, expedited service is not available for heirloom requests.
  • Normal processing times can be greater during periods of high volume. Please plan accordingly and allow for mailing time.

Office Locations

Department of Health and Social Services,
Bureau of Vital Statistics,
5441 Commercial Boulevard,
Juneau,
AK 99801.


Certificates may also be obtained from your local county office. Use the contact information below to inquire.


Aleutians East Borough : Clerk, P.O. Box 349, Sand Point, AK 99661
Phone: (907) 383-2699


Aleutians West Borough : 205 W Broadway Ave, Unalaska, AK
Phone : 907 343-4311


Anchorage Borough : 632 West 6th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Phone: 907-343-4311


Bethel Borough : P.O. Box 1388, Bethel, AK 99559
Phone: 543-1384 Website


Bristol Bay Borough : P.O. Box 189 Naknek, AK 99633
Phone: 907-246-4224 Website


Denali Borough : PO Box 480 Healy, AK 99743
Phone: 907-683-1330 Website


Dillingham Borough : PO Box 889 Dillingham, AK 99576
Phone: 907-842-5212 Website


Fairbanks North Star Borough : 809 Pioneer Road PO Box 71267 Fairbanks, Alaska 99707-1267
Website


Haines Borough : PO Box 1209 Haines Ak 99827-1209
Phone: 907-766-2711


Hoonah-Angoon Borough : 675 7 Ave Ste D Angoon, AK 99820
Phone: 907-788-3229


Juneau Borough : 155 South Seward Street Juneau, Alaska, 99801
Phone: 907-586-5240


Kenai Peninsula Borough : 144 N Binkley Soldotna, AK 99669
Phone: 907-262-4441


Ketchikan Gateway Borough : 344 Front Street Ketchikan, AK 99901-6431
Phone: 907-228-6625


Kodiak Island Borough : 710 Mill Bay Road Kodiak, Ak 99615
Phone: 907-486-9300


Lake and Peninsula Borough : P.O. Box 495 King Salmon, AK 99613-0495
Phone: 907-246-3421


Matanuska-Susitna Borough : 350 E Dahlia Ave P.O. Box 1608 Palmer, AK 99645-1608
Phone: 907-745-4801


Nome : PO Box 281 102 Division Street Nome, AK 99762
Phone: 907-443-6663 Website


North Slope Borough : P.O. Box 69 Barrow, AK 99723-0069
Phone: 907-852-2611


Northwest Artic Borough : P.O. Box 1110 Kotzebue, Ak 99752-1110
Phone: 907-442-2500


Petersburg Borough : PO Box 329 Petersburg, AK 99833
Phone: 907-772-4425 Website


Prince of Wales-Hyder Borough : 1305 Craig-Klawock Highway, Craig, AK 99921-0646
Phone: 907-826-3316


Sitka Borough : 100 Lincoln Street Sitka, AK 99835-7563
Phone: 907-747-1812


Municipality of Skagway : P.O. Box 415 Skagway, AK 99840
Phone: 907-983-2297 Website


Southeast Fairbanks Borough : Fairbanks City Hall, 800 Cushman Street
Phone: 907-459-6702


Valdez-Cordova Borough : 212 Chenega Ave. P.O. Box 307 Valdez, AK 99686
Phone: 907-835-4313


Wade Hampton Borough :
Public Record Website


Wrangell Borough : P.O. Box 531 Wrangell, AK 99929
Phone: 907-874-2381


Yakutat Borough : P.O. Box 160 Yukutat, AK 99689
Phone: 907-784-3323


Yukon-Koyukuk Borough : 300 Vista Rd Koyukuk, AK 99754
Phone: 907-927-2253

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Information which might help

Walk-in service is also available in Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Juneau. Please check web site for office hours and location.(http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/bvs/contacts/)
For additional information on obtaining Alaska Vital Records, please contact the Records Processing Unit in Juneau at 907.465.3391.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

It will be used to provide proof of age and identity for many events in life: entering school, getting a driver’s license, passport or marriage license, tracing family history, receiving retirement benefits, etc.

External Links

VitalChek:
http://www.vitalchek.com

Birth Certificate:
http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/VitalStats/Pages/birth/default.aspx

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