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Marriage license Laws in the state of Alaska, here is what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the Alaska marriage laws before filling out the Alaska marriage license form.

In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document in your state that allows you to officially tie the knot under the law. The rules for acquiring your marriage license varies from state to state, so you should check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

You'll typically need to apply for your marriage license at least one month before your wedding ceremony. You'll traditionally need to send in your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents. You don't, however, want to apply for your marriage license too early. In some states, the licenses do expire, if you don't get married within a few months.

When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.

And, believe it or not, just because you have your marriage license sent to you in the mail does not mean you are officially married. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your chaplain your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

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ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license. If application is mailed or faxed in, it must be witnessed by a Notary Public.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Alaska.

Waiting Period: 3 days.

If Divorced: If divorced within the last 60 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree is needed.

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Fees: Cash Only! $25

Other Tests: No tests

Under 18: Need certified copy of birth certificate, both parents must be present with identification, or if you have a legal guardian they must be present with a court order and identification.

Officiants: The minister, priest or rabbi of any church or congregation in the state may perform marriages. Ministers must provide marriage certificates to the couple married and report the marriage to the Marriage Commissioner.

Valid: License is valid for 90 days anywhere in Alaska.
The license can only be used within the State of Alaska.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Bureau of Vital Statistics Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
P.O. Box 110610
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0610
Phone: 907-465-3393
Fax: 907-586-1877

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

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To notify us of corrections or additions send an email to update@usmarriagelaws.com.  Please include the state and county information.

Alaska County Clerk's Office
 
Anchorage District Recorder
Anchorage, AK
907. 269. 0990


Fairbanks District Court
Fairbanks, AK
907. 452. 9210


Bethel District Recorder
Bethel, AK
907. 543. 3391


Cape Nome Recorder
Nome, AK
907. 443. 5178


Homer District Recorder
Homer, AK
907. 235. 8136


Juneau District Recorder
Juneau, AK
907. 465. 3392


Kenai County Clerk
Kenai, AK
907. 283. 3118


Ketchikan Recorder
Ketchikan, AK
907. 225. 3142


Kodiak Recorder
Kodiak, AK
907. 486. 9432


Palmer District Recorder
Palmer, AK
907. 746. 8102


Sitka Recorder
Sitka, AK
907. 747. 3275


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