How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Alaska?
Following a divorce, there are times when you need to verify your marital status, name change, and identity. If you do not have a copy of your original divorce certificate, you will need to obtain one.
Alaska has strict rules about who can obtain divorce certificates. Only a husband or wife (ex-spouses) can obtain a copy of their own divorce decree. A legal representative may also request on on your behalf. Only divorces that took place in Alaska are eligible for copies.
When you request a copy of your divorce certificate you must inlace the following:
- Full first name.
- Middle name.
- Last name.
- Copy of legal, photo ID (driver’s license, military ID, green card or tribal ID).
How to Obtain
You must print a request form on the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services website and then complete it. Once completed you can mail or fax it to their office.
If you want to visit the office in person to obtain a copy of your divorce decree, you may do so by visiting one of the offices in either Anchorage or Juneau. Alaska highly discourages requesting a copy through email. You must do so via mail or in person.
You will also need to sign the request form and include the appropriate fee for your copy. If you request by mail, generally it takes two to three weeks for processing so plan accordingly. You can pay an extra $11 if you want expedited service. You must check off “expedited” on your request form.
The fee for a copy of your divorce certificate is $30, and then $25 for each additional copy. If a search is performed and your record is not found, the $30 fee will not be refunded but kept as a search fee.
If you are unable to follow the process above to obtain a copy of your divorce decree, then you have the option of contacting either your divorce attorney or your ex-spouse’s. Additional legal fees may apply if they have to request a copy for you.