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Alaska State, AK

State of Alaska
Application Process

  • Marriage License Fee: $60.

  • Minimum age to marry: 18.

  • Waiting Period: 3 Days.

  • License Validity: 90 Days.

  • Blood Test: Not Required.

  • Residency: Not Required.

  • Witnesses: Yes. Two witnesses for the wedding ceremony.

  • The marriage license application must be completed and submitted to the Bureau of Vital Statistics (Bureau) or a local Alaska Court before a marriage license is issued.


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Application:

Before a marriage license can be issued, an application must be completed. Each party must fill out part of the application form. If either party is out of town or out of state, contact the court for further instructions.

  • Both parties must be 18 years of age.

  • Picture ID such as a driver’s license.

  • A birth certificate may be required to show proof of age.

  • If divorced within the last 60 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree is needed.

  • If application is mailed or faxed in, it must be witnessed by a Notary Public.

  • Applications should be submitted to the Bureau office or Alaska Court that is closest to where the marriage ceremony will be performed or where either Party can easily pick up the marriage license.

  • The marriage license fee is $60. It must be paid when the license is issued.



ID Requirement in Alaska:

  • Picture ID such as a driver’s license.

  • A birth certificate may be required to show proof of age.



  • Waiting Period in Alaska:

    There is a three (3) business day waiting period that begins once a mailed or faxed application is received by the issuing office. This means that you must wait at least three full business days after the application is submitted before you can pick up the license and the marriage ceremony can be performed.



    Residency Requirement:

    You do not have to be a resident of Alaska.



    Previous Marriages:

    If either party has been married before, the name of the former spouse, the date and place of marriage and the date and place the marriage ended are required. If the marriage ended within the past 60 days, a copy of the divorce decree, signed by the judge, or a death certificate may be required before the license will be issued.



    Covenant Marriage:

    No.



    Marriage License Fees in Alaska:

    The marriage license fee is $60. It must be paid when the license is issued.




    Proxy Marriages:

    No. Proxy marriages (where someone stands in for the other party) are not permitted in Alaska. The two parties must be present before the two witnesses and the officiant in order for the ceremony to be performed.



    Cousin Marriages:

    Yes.



    Common Law Marriages:

    No. There is no common-law marriage in Alaska.



    Blood test in Alaska:

    No blood test or physical exam is required.



    Name Change:

    Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.



    Under 18:

    • Both parties must be 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent.

    • A birth certificate may be required to show proof of age.

    • Persons who are less than 18 years of age and who are members of the armed forces of the United States while on active duty will not be required to provide parental consent. Military papers will be required to show proof of active duty status.

    • Persons ages 16 and 17 must submit a parental consent form signed by both parents with their application. If one parent is sole custodian of the minor, a divorce decree stating custody rights or a death certificate must be presented as well. Alaska law does not permit those under the age of 16 to marry without a court order.

    • If either party is under eighteen, contact the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics at 907.465.3391 for additional instructions before completing the application.



    Officiants in Alaska:

    A minister, priest, recognized leader, or rabbi of any church or congregation in the state, a commissioned officer of the Salvation Army, marriage commissioner, or a judicial officer of the state. But in Alaska, anyone (friend, family member, co-worker, U.S. resident or not) can perform a marriage ceremony as long as they first obtain a marriage commissioner appointment from an Alaska court. Marriage Commissioner Information is available through the Alaska Court System.



    Witnesses:

    Yes. Two witnesses for the wedding ceremony.



    License Validity Time:

    • The license is valid for three (3) months from the date of issuance. The marriage must be performed before the three-month expiration of the license or the license will no longer be valid.

    • An Alaskan marriage license is valid only for marriages performed in Alaska or in Alaska State waters.



    Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

    Bureau of Vital Statistics Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
    P.O. Box 110610
    Juneau, Alaska 99811-0610
    Ph: 907.465.3393
    Fx: 907.586.1877


    Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. For more information regarding Alaska marriage license laws and records please visit www.dhss.alaska.gov.