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Are Alaska Vital Records Open to the Public?

Most Alaska vital records fall under the umbrella of public records. This means they can be accessed by members of the public in compliance with the Alaska Public Records Act. Depending on the type of record, requesters may be able to obtain vital record information in person, by mail or online. However, access to authorized records is typically restricted to a smaller group, namely the individual on record, close family members, and any legal representative.

 

What Information Do I Need to Search for Alaska Vital Records Online?

To search for records online, requesters will need to provide information related to the search such as:

  • The registrant’s name
  • Date of the event
  • Time of the event
  • Relationship to the requester
  • Name of the presiding judge (for divorce or marriage records)

 

Members of the public may also be required to provide a copy of a valid government-issued picture I.D along with a signature.

In addition to government agencies in the state of Alaska, publicly available vital records are accessible from some third-party websites.* These websites offer the benefit of not being limited by geographical record availability and can often serve as a starting point when researching a specific or multiple records. To find a record using the search engines on these sites, interested parties must provide:

  • The name of someone involved providing it is a not a juvenile
  • The assumed location of the record in question such as a city, county, or state name

 

*Third-party sites are not government-sponsored websites, and record availability may differ from official channels.

 

What’s the difference between a Certified Record and Informational Copy?

Certified copies of a vital record can be used to establish the identity of the named registrant, while informational copies cannot be used for official identification. In addition, certified copies are often used for legal and business purposes, such as applying for a driver’s license or passport. Informational copies cannot be used for legal verifications and typically include a stamp across the face saying “Informational, not a valid document.”

Are Alaska Marriage Records Public Information?

The majority of marriage records are open to the public. Residents of Alaska have unrestricted access to marriage records that are 50 years or older. However, access to records that occurred within the last five decades is restricted to a smaller group, namely the parties named on the marriage certificate, legal representatives, and anyone with an established legal right.

 

How Do I Find Alaska Marriage Records?

Alaska marriage records can be obtained using third-party search platforms that offer this service. Members of the public can also obtain copies of a marriage certificate by submitting a request to the Alaska Health Analytics & Vital Records Section. The office maintains records of marriage events that have occurred in the state since the 1890s. To obtain records by mail, requesters must send a completed application form with the appropriate fee to:

Department of Health and Social Services
Bureau of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 110675
Juneau, AK 99811-0675

Are Divorce Records Public Information?

Most divorce records can be accessed by members of the public. Records of marriage dissolutions remain protected for 50 years from the event, after which they can be inspected or viewed by almost anyone. During the first 50 years, divorce records may only be viewed by the parties involved and any legal representative. Individuals who wish to obtain copies of a divorce record may be required to state their relationship to the registrant(s) on record. Divorce records fall into three general categories, divorce certificates, divorce records, and divorce decrees. While divorce certificates can be obtained through the Bureau of Vital Statistics, divorce certificates and divorce-decrees are maintained by the Alaska Court System.

 

How Do I Find Alaska Divorce Records?

Divorce information can be found using third-party sites that offer this service. Members of the public may also be able to obtain records by contacting the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. The state office maintains records of divorces from 1950 to date. Submitted applications must include a completed request form, a photo ID, and the appropriate fee. Divorce records may also be available via mail at:

Department of Health and Social Services
Alaska Health Analytics & Vital Records Section
P.O. Box 110675
Juneau, AK 99811-0675

Most mail requests take an average of four weeks to process.

Are Alaska Birth Records Public Information?

In Alaska, birth records are confidential until 100 years after the event occurred. During this time, the records are only available to persons who can sufficiently prove a direct and tangible interest in them. This includes:

  • The registrant
  • The registrant’s parents or legal guardians
  • Persons authorized by court order, and third parties bearing a notarized letter of consent
  • Legal representatives of eligible persons.

 

Access to Alaska birth records becomes unrestricted after the 100 year period has elapsed.

 

How Do I Find Alaska Birth Records?

Interested and eligible persons can access Alaska birth records by querying the Division of Public Health of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Requests can be made by downloading and completing the Alaska Birth Certificate Request Form. The application must legibly state:

  • The name of the registrant
  • The maiden name of the registrant’s mother, and the father’s full name
  • The place and date of the birth
  • The relationship of the registrant and the requestor
  • The purpose of the request

 

All requests must be enclosed completed with a copy of a government-issued photo ID as well as a cheque or money order payment of $30. Supporting documents may also be included (if relevant to the request). All requests can be submitted in person or via mail to

Alaska Vital Records Office
5441 Commercial Blvd
P.O Box 110675
Juneau, AK
Phone: (907) 465-3391
Fax: (907) 465-3618*

Are Alaska Death Records Open to The Public?

Records of deaths that occurred in Alaska are restricted to the decedent’s family members and their legal representatives for a limited time. These records only become public information after 50 years. However, these restrictions can be waived for persons who can prove a direct and tangible interest in the record.

 

How Do I Find Death Records In Alaska?

Requests for Alaska death records in Alaska can be made to the state's vital record office by downloading and completing the Alaska Death Certificate Request Form. The completed application must be enclosed with the indicated ID requirements and fees, and delivered in person or via mail to:

Alaska Vital Records Office
5441 Commercial Blvd
P.O Box 110675
Juneau, AK
Phone: (907) 465-3391
Fax: (907) 465-3618*

How Do I Find Sealed Vital Records in Alaska

In compliance with Alaska’s public record laws, sealed vital records can be made available to persons who can sufficiently prove the relevance of the sealed record in protecting a legal right or staking a financial claim. To obtain a sealed record, interested and eligible persons must petition a state-licensed judge for a court order, or request a signed consent form from the subject(s) of the record. With these documents, the requestor may proceed to query the appropriate record custodian for the record of interest.

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