What are Alaska Property Records?
Alaska Property records are official documents containing information about real estate or land holdings in Alaska. They may be files, reports, maps, books, correspondence, and other written materials relating to property ownership within state limits. Individuals seeking property records in Alaska may access them using the statewide index provided by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR). To obtain Alaska Property records in a Borough, visit the Department of Natural Resources in the District where the property is located.
Are Alaska Property Records Public?
Yes, Alaska property records are public information. According to the Alaska public records act 40.25.110, every public agency is required to allow the public inspection of public record information, including property records, unless otherwise specified. When property records are filed and recorded by the Recorder of a District, the document and all its contents are deemed public information. Interested members of the public may access them. To search Alaska property records, inquirers may utilize the state's online database or visit any of the DNR recording offices within state limits.
Property records are available for public viewing through government agencies or third-party aggregate websites. Accessing property records through third-party sites is typically straightforward, and the records are not geographically limited. However, because the sites are not government-affiliated and run independently, the information contained in the records may vary. Searching parties should include the following information to obtain complete property records:
- The property’s exact location.
- The property owner’s details.
What Information is Included in Alaska Property Records?
Depending on the kind of record in question, various information can be featured on an Alaskan property record. Below are some of the most common types of information found in property records:
- Type of property record including deed, liens, mortgages, or plats
- Title: Every property record in Alaska must possess a title that reflects the overall details in the document
- The personal information of the owner, including full name, age, heir's name, previous and current address, occupation, etc
- The parcel information of the property: the parcel information may include but is not restricted to the parcel number, property code, parcel name, location, description, longitude and latitude, parcel image, map URL, size, and property class, amongst others
- A geographic description of the property boundaries
- A description of all buildings and features the property possesses
- History of property use
- The price last paid for the property.
- Records of previous sales
- The tax assessments now and in the past
- The allowable uses and restrictions for the property
- Details on the owner's rights and restrictions to the land
- Liens placed on the property by a court
- Legal disputes about the property
- Records related to construction on the property, such as building permits
- Mortgage loans that encumber a property
- Servitudes, encumbrances, public right restrictions
Where to Search Alaska Public Property Records
Record seekers can search for Alaska public property records online or in person at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Recorder's Offices (DNR). Research results will typically reveal document number, District, year, date and time recorded, pages, associated document, index, description, party type and name, and legal description. Records of documents, such as deeds and mortgages, taxes, and assessments, are also maintained by various Boroughs and can be obtained online or in person. For instance, an individual may obtain property records in Petersburg Borough online or in person from the Recorder's Office at:
12 South Nordic Drive
P.O. Box 329
Petersburg, AK 99833
How to Do a Property Records Search in Alaska
Interested persons may search property records using the DNR's statewide recording system and Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Central File online databases. Various research options allow record seekers to search the index data by District or for the entire state. Anyone searching for an Alaska property record must know the property's location and, if possible, the owner's name. An individual seeking property records in Alaska via the DNR's Search tool may conduct one of the following:
- Name Search
- Date Search
- Document Number Search
- Document Type Search
- Book and Page Search
- Historic Book Search
- Plat Search
- Survey Search
- MTRS Search
- Subdivision Name Search
- Subdivision Name - No Plat Number
- Document Input & Unverified Status
Individuals can also use the UCC file system to search property records. The following search options are available using this tool:
How to Find the Owner of an Alaska Property Using Public Records
Individuals seeking to find the owner of an Alaska property may search the statewide recording system of the Recorder's Office of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. It is important to possess basic information about the address of the property in question.
The property record seeker looking for the owner of a property in a Borough may also call, mail, or visit the Recorder's Office under which the property's District belongs in person. The Recorder's Office may be found on the statewide recording system by:
- Viewing recording districts' addresses under the records office search or
- Using the Recorder's Office district interactive map
Finding a property owner in Alaska requires a fee of $20 for the first page and $5 for each additional page.
What are Alaska Property Records Used For?
The following are some of the uses of property records in Alaska.
- Property records in Alaska improve and aid the assessment of properties by the Office of the State Assessor at fair market value.
- Different individuals use property records in Alaska to establish ownership and resolve boundary issues.
- Property records help potential homeowners make informed decisions about their choices.
- Public members can request property records to learn about the historical value of properties in Alaska.
- An investor may request Property records to determine if the said property is worth investing in.
How to Find Alaska Property Tax Records
Individuals seeking a Property Tax Record in a Borough or city may obtain it online or visit the Office of the State Assessor at:
550 W 7th Ave #1640, Anchorage,
AK 99501, United States
A property tax record in Alaska is the history and record of taxes on individuals or corporations who own properties in Alaska. According to the 2022 statistics on property taxes in Alaska, the average annual property tax collected by Alaskan Boroughs is 1.04% of each property's assessed fair market value. Not all Boroughs in Alaska receive property taxes; hence there is no state record of property taxes at the DNR.
Every Alaska borough has an Assessors's office, which maintains real and personal property tax records.
Using an interactive map or by entering property details such as a property ID number, owner name, address, or legal description, you can search for property tax records in some boroughs' online databases. Information can be obtained in boroughs without an online database by contacting the Assessor's office via phone, mail, or in person. For instance, an individual searching for property tax records in Kodiak Island Borough may call the Assessor's office at (907) 486-9353 or visit the Assessor's office at:
710 Mill Bay Rd. #228
Kodiak, AK 99615
The researcher must possess at least one of the following pieces of information:
- Name of the owner
- Property address
- Account Number or
- Property ID
Staff at the Office of the Assessor are willing to aid a record searcher in finding the needed property tax record.
What to Do When You Can't Find Property Records in Alaska
Anyone who cannot find property records in Alaska may attempt the following methods to find the sought-after records:
- A record seeker may proceed to search for a property whose records cannot be found on the Alaska unclaimed property website. Requirements for this search include
- Last or Business Name
- First Name
- Zip code
- Property ID
- Contact the owner of the property being sought so they may request their deeds from their mortgage company.
- The individual who needs help finding property records at the DNR Recording Office may also visit the office of the Assessor, which possesses property records, as they are in charge of assessing properties in Alaska.
- A record seeker may also attempt to make a Property Records request using public search engines.
- Alternatively, individuals who need help finding the property records they are searching for may fill out and submit the NAFT Form 84 online or request U.S. land records from the U.S. National Archives Office online. They may also contact the Archives Office by email at email@example.com. Or visit U.S. land records in person at:
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20408