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How to Find Marriage Records in Alaska

Marriage Records in Alaska

Marriage records contain basic information about the married couple. This information includes the names of the two individuals, the date of the marriage, and the place of marriage. Some marriage records will also include the names of the mothers and fathers of the couple. Additionally, some records contain the names of the official witnesses to the marriage. Some governmental marriage records contain the maiden names of the mothers of the married couple as well as the place of residence of the married couple.

A marriage record should not be confused with any of the following: a marriage license, a marriage announcement, or a marriage index. The marriage license is the legal document that was issued to the couple that was married. The marriage announcement is the public listing of the wedding, in most cases, in a published newspaper.

A marriage index is simply a list of the marriages within a specific location. Typically, such an index includes the names of the bride and groom, the date of the marriage, the name of the county in which the marriage occurred, and either the file number of the license or the volume and page name for a register listing as well as the location of the marriage record. A marriage index is usually stored at the state offices.

In Alaska, marriage records are obtained from the county courthouse office. It is necessary to complete an official application form to process your request. The form requires adobe acrobat and can be downloaded at the following link: http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/bvs/marriage/marriage_form.pdf. It is possible to type directly onto the form first before printing it out.

It will be necessary to include the following information on the application form: Name of husband, maiden name of wife, date of marriage, city or village of marriage, relationship to person whose record is being requested, and the signature of the applicant. Additionally, the requestor’s full name, address, city, state, zip code, and daytime telephone number must be included.

It is necessary to include the photocopied ID and payment at the time of the request. Additional fees are listed for priority mail ($4.05), express mail ($14.40), and DHL ($16.50).

Requests should be mailed to the following address:
Bureau of Vital Statistics
5441 Commercial Blvd.
PO Box 110675
Juneau, AK 99811-0675

Requests should be faxed to the following: 907-465-3618. Questions can be asked at 907-465-3391.

If the individual requesting the copy is not the bride or groom, a letter explaining the reason for the requested copy of the marriage record must be included as well. Additionally, a copy of a government issued photo ID for the individual who is submitting the request must be included with the application. To improve clarity and readability of the ID, the photo should be enlarged and lightened as much as possible. Moreover, you must include your signature directly below the photocopy of the ID.

Information can be obtained by calling the Records Processing Unit in Juneau at 907-465-3391. Requests should be sent through postal mail or faxed. If faxed, call 907-465-1481 to verify receipt of the application. Calling hours are between 8 A.M. and 4 P.M. on Monday through Fridays. Additionally, requests for marriage records can be processed automatically online using the following link: www.vitalchek.com.

There is a twenty dollar nonrefundable fee for each request. However, if the marriage record is not located with the information that you provided, an extended three year search will be performed at no additional cost. Additional years of searching are available at the cost of one dollar a year. If you pay by credit card, there is an additional eleven dollar fee. Requests sent by postal mail are processed within three to five business days. Faxed requests that have been paid by credit card are processed within three business days.

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