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Alaska Marriage License
Prior to issuing a marriage license, each party must complete a section of the marriage license application (pages 1, 2, and 3). You may pick up an application at a Vital Statistics office or you can download and print your applications from this link: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/VitalStats/Pages/marriagel/default.aspx
You can bring your application to the Bureau of Vital Statistics office or send the application to the Bureau of Vital Statistics along with a copy of picture ID for both the bride and groom. Remember that it takes three working days to process your license.
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE A COPY OF PICTURE ID OF BOTH THE BRIDE AND GROOM.
Enlarge the copies and lighten them as much as possible to be sure that they are clear and readable when sent to the Bureau. Signatures under both of the copied IDs are also required.
IMPORTANT: If you are mailing your application, please write “MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATION” on the outside of the envelope containing your completed marriage license application and fees before sending it to the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Failure to do so will result in a significant delay in processing your license.
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
** NOTE: If you bring in your application to a vital statistics office, your waiting period starts when you drop off your application! **
ISSUING THE LICENSE – The license must be obtained in person during regular office hours at the Juneau, Anchorage, or Fairbanks office to which the application has been sent.
Both parties must appear in person to receive the marriage license. Government-issued photo identification including name and date of birth will be required. Blood tests are not required.
If the application is signed when it is sent to the Bureau, it must be signed by both parties and witnessed by a Notary Public. If the application is not signed when it is sent, it may be signed and witnessed at the Bureau office when the marriage license is picked up. Both parties must be 18 years of age. If either party is under eighteen, contact a bureau office for additional instructions before completing the application. If either party has been married previously, the beginning and ending dates of all previous marriages must be listed on the application. If the marriage ended within the last 60 days, a certified copy of the death certificate or divorce decree must be presented at the time of receiving the license.
FEES – The license fee is $60.00 and is nonrefundable. Please include a check or money order made payable to the State of Alaska with this application. The cost does not include certified copies which may be purchased after the marriage is solemnized.
WAITING PERIOD – The waiting period (three business days) begins when the application is received by the Bureau of Vital Statistics. The license will not be issued until the waiting period has expired and is then valid for a period of 90 days anywhere in the State of Alaska.
CONTACT INFORMATION – For additional information on obtaining an Alaska marriage license, please contact the Records Processing Unit in Juneau at (907) 465-3391.
If you need more information, please visit the State of Alaska web site at: