Legal Requirements : Alaska

Marriage License Instructions for Alaska

Please read the instructions carefully. Failure to do so may cause a delay in processing your license. All requests must include a copy of picture ID of the applicants. Enlarge the copy and lighten it as much as possible to be sure that it is readable when sent to the Bureau. A signature under the copied ID is required.

Prior to issuing a marriage license, each party must complete a section of the marriage license application (pages 1, 2 and 3). Please send the application to the Bureau of Vital Statistics along with a copy of picture ID for both the bride and groom at least four weeks prior to the date you intend to call for the license.

IMPORTANT: 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.

ATTN: Marriage License Application
Bureau of Vital Statistics
5441 Commercial Blvd.
Juneau, AK 99801

The license must be obtained in person during office hours in Juneau; 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 not required. The office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm.

If the application is signed when it is sent to the Bureau, it must be signed 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 marriage license is picked up. All applications for Saturday/Special circumstance weddings must be signed and witnessed prior to you sending to Bureau.

Both parties must be 18 years of age. 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 ninety (90) 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 non-refundable. 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 for $25.00 each after the marriage is solemnized.

WAITING PERIOD: The waiting period (of 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.