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Thinking of getting married in Alaska? The first step involves obtaining an Alaska marriage license. Whether you’re planning a traditional wedding, an intimate elopement, or a grand celebration, understanding the marriage license process is crucial for a smooth and stress-free experience.
In this comprehensive guide, we’ve gathered all the information you need to successfully secure an Alaska marriage license. From eligibility and required documents to the application process, options for officiants, and more. So, let’s dive into the details and ensure you’re well-prepared to say I do!
Both residents and nonresidents of Alaska can apply for an Alaska marriage license.
You can obtain Alaska marriage license applications at the following convenient locations.
When applying for an Alaska marriage license, you will need to provide the following documents:
You can complete the Alaska Marriage License Application in one of three ways:
To use the online application method, follow these steps:
You must pay $60 for an Alaska marriage license, and you can do so by check or money order. Payment needs to be included with your application, otherwise it won’t be processed. Additional fees may apply if you are from out of state and wish to expedite the shipping of your license back to you.
After your marriage license is approved, you’ll need to wait for 3 days before your wedding ceremony can take place.
Once you’ve completed the application process and received your marriage license, it is valid for up to 90 days. The license will be void if not used within this timeframe.
In Alaska, you have the flexibility to choose an officiant who can solemnize your marriage. Your options include:
While Alaska law previously required two witnesses at your ceremony, there has been a recent change, and now only one witness is required. Your witness can be your photographer, a friend, family member, or if you’re having a courthouse wedding, generally staff if available. With this in mind, even a person in a public location may be thrilled to do it!
After your ceremony takes place and all parties sign the marriage license, you must return the original license to a local Vital Records Office. You can do this either in person or by mail. Ensuring that your marriage license is properly filed is essential, since it represents the official registration of your marriage with the State of Alaska.
Following your Anchorage courthouse wedding or any wedding in Alaska, you can celebrate your union in a way that’s meaningful to you. Whether you plan a private celebration with friends and family, a romantic dinner for two, or any other special way to commemorate your special day, it’s all about you and your unique love story!
Given that we love assisting couples through each step of their day, we offer full-service planning for micro weddings and elopements, guiding you through every part of the process! We’re here to assist you overall and throughout the marriage license application process, ensuring it’s correctly filed after your ceremony or even filing it for you, making the entire experience seamless and enjoyable.
To get started on your day, just contact us!