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Alaska - How to obtain a copy of Birth Certificate

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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.


The person's birth should have been registered with public health department.

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  • State office has records since January 1908.
  • A person may obtain only his or her own birth certificate, except for parents who may obtain their own child's certificate.
  • A birth certificate can also be furnished to 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. 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.
  • We can only process requests for births that occurred in Alaska. 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. For example, if you are requesting your child's certificate you should include a copy of your own ID. Enlarge the copy and lighten it as much as possible to ensure it is clear and readable when sent to the Bureau, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE FAXING YOUR REQUEST. REQUESTS WITH DARK OR UNCLEAR COPIES OF IDs WILL BE RETURNED UNPROCESSED. Your signature under the copied ID is also required.


  1. To obtain a copy of birth certificate one should send an envelope to the address mentioned in the "Office location"and the request form also include a note indicating that you would like to receive an additional copy of your birth certificate.
  2. 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.
  3. Include a check or money order for $20.00.
  4. Include a copy of a picture ID of the applicant.
  5. You can verify the current cost for copies by calling (334) 206-5418.
  6. Personal check or money order should me made payable at Bureau of Vital Statistics.
  7. Remember to sign your request and enclose the correct fees as well as a copy of picture ID.
===Apply Online===
  1. To order birth certificate online please use the following link
  2. Click "Birth Certificate".
  3. On the next screen make sure "Birth Certificate" is selected and click "Start Order".
  4. Please choose the appropriate options and enter the informations, 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 $20.00.
  • All requests must include of copy of a picture ID of the applicant. Enlarge the copy and lighten it as much as possible to be sure that it is clear and readable when sent to the Bureau.
  • A signature under the copied ID is also required.
  • For Identity purpose use one of the following - A driver's license or official identification card issued by another state in the U.S., jurisdiction or territory, unexpired, or expired for not more than one year; an unexpired U.S. or foreign passport; U.S. military identification, military dependent identification or veteran's identification or a BIA or tribal identification card will also be accepted (If you are unable to provide any of the above-mentioned forms of identification, please contact the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics at 907.465.3391 to speak with a customer service representative).
  • Filled request form for copy of Birth Certificate.


  • Alaska charges a search fee for records. Once an order is received and processed, the first $25 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 $25.00 and additional copies are $20 for each copy of the same record ordered at the same time. The first copy of an heirloom certificate is $50.00 and extra copies are $45 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.


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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,
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

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.(
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.

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Vital records requests contain confidential information. Therefore, we highly recommend you mail or fax your request. E-mail, although convenient, is not secure and subject to fraud.

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