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Alaska - How to obtain a Marriage Certificate

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A Marriage Certificate is a document that shows social union or a legal contract between people that creates kinship.

You can obtain a Marriage Certificate by following the procedures below.


Access to marriage records filed in the Bureau of Vital Statistics office is restricted for 50 years after the date of the event to the persons named on the certificate, their legal representatives, and persons who can prove they are legally entitled. Alaska marriage records will only be issued to the parties of the marriage or their legal representatives. When ordering an Alaska marriage record, you must state your relationship to the person named on the certificate or your reason for needing the record. All requests must include a copy of a government-issued picture ID of the applicant

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  • Marriage records are available for events that occurred within the State of Alaska from 1920 to present.
  • The bride or groom may obtain a certified copy of their own marriage certificate.
  • A marriage certificate can also be given to a legal representative. Legal representatives must submit a certified copy of the legal document when requesting a marriage certificate that is not their own.
  • Always use the full first, middle, and last names as they appear on the certificate when filling out the request form.
  • Only marriages that occurred in Alaska may be processed. For marriages 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 marriage certificate. 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.

Required Information

  • First, middle, and last names as they appear on the certificate
  • A copy of picture ID of the applicant
  • A signature of the applicant under the copied ID


By Mail

  1. Print the request form: Alaska Marriage 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,
    AK 99801.

In Person

You may go to any of “The Bureau of Vital Statistics” offices located in Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Apply Online

  1. Go to this site: VitalChek.
  2. Follow the online instructions when ordering a marriage certificate.
  3. Complete the information required.

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Required Documents

  • 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.
  • If you are currently living in Alaska, 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.)


  • In Person/Mail
Search fee: $30.00
Marriage Certificate: $30.00 and $25.00 for additional copy
  • By Fax
Fax: $11.00
  • By Online
First Copy: $30.00
Additional Copies: $25.00 each


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Processing Time

  • By Mail: 2 -3 weeks after receipt by the Bureau.
  • Expedited (Rush): 3 working days after receipt (with Credit Card payment)
  • Fax: 5 working days upon receipt
  • Heirloom Certificate: 6 weeks

Office Locations & Contacts

Bureau of Vital Statistics
3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Phone - (907) 269-0991
Fax - (907) 269-0994
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bureau of Vital Statistics
615 23rd Avenue, Suite 300
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
Phone - (907) 452-4863
Fax - (907) 452-4872
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Bureau of Vital Statistics
5441 Commercial Blvd.
PO Box 110675
Juneau, Alaska 99801
Phone - (907) 465-3391
Fax - (907) 465-3618
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

  • The fastest way to obtain a certificate is to go to a Vital Statistics office located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Juneau. If filled out correctly, many requests can be processed while you wait. However, some requests may take up to 48 hours to complete. Please note that not all certificates are available at the Anchorage or Fairbanks offices
  • 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.
  • Remember to sign your request and enclose the correct fees as well as a copy of picture ID.
  • Expedited (Rush) requests may only be submitted by fax. Please fax your rush request to 907.465.3618.
  • If faxing, call the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics to confirm receipt at 907.465.3391 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Alaska time.
  • Note that most governmental agencies do not accept heirloom certificates as proof of Marriage
  • All NSF checks will be sent to a collection agency. There will be a $30.00 charge for returned checks.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

A certified Marriage certificate copy that can typically be used proof of marriage and other legal purposes.

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