How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Alaska?
If you like the cold, winter sports, forests, and mountains, then Alaska is the place for your wedding! Alaska is a vast landscape sparsely populated with mostly wilderness and wildlife. Imagine the most picturesque backdrops for your wedding photography.
Rules and Regulations
There is nothing complicated about Alaska’s rules and regulations for obtaining a marriage license. The simple list of what you need to do is below:
- No blood test or physical is required.
- You must be 18 years of age (without parental consent).
- If you are underage (16-17 years old), you must have both parent’s signature con-sent, if only one parent is living, then a death certificate for the other parent will also be necessary.
- If one or both parties are in the military and underage, no parental consent is required, but you must provide proof of active military duty.
- Marriage by proxy is not permitted in Alaska.
- You do not need to be a resident of Alaska to be married there.
- Same-sex marriage is legal as of October 2014.
How to Apply
First, you need to download and fill out the marriage license application. Then return it to the closest location to where you will be married, either the Vital Records Section office in Juneau or Anchorage or an Alaskan court.
You will need to bring the following paperwork to verify your identity:
- Government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID, etc.).
- A list of dates for any previous marriages and divorces.
- If you are underage, you will need signed parental consent.
- If you have divorced within 60-days before your wedding, you will need to provide divorce paperwork.
There is a 3-day waiting period for the license to be issued. Either party may pick up the license once it is ready. There is a $60 license fee you must pay when applying.
Once issued, the marriage license is valid for three months. If you do not get married within that period, you will have to reapply. Extensions are not allowed.
After Your Wedding Day
After your impending nuptials, you will need to sign the marriage license (all parties including the officiating agent) and then return it to the Vital Records Section office in Juneau.
You may obtain a copy of your marriage certificate in person at that office or via mail by requesting it online.