So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Alaska!
Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: No blood test or physical exam is required. Residents and nonresidents are eligible to apply for a marriage license. An Alaskan marriage license is valid only for marriages performed in Alaska or in Alaska State waters. There is a three (3) business day waiting period that begins once a mailed or faxed application is received by the issuing office. This means that you must wait at least three full business days after the application is submitted before you can pick up the license and the marriage ceremony can be performed.
Proxy marriages (where someone stands in for the other party) are not permitted in Alaska. The two parties must be present before the two witnesses and the officiant in order for the ceremony to be performed. All divorces must be final and filed with the courts in the state granted. If either party has been married previously, the beginning and ending dates of all previous marriages must be listed on the application. Submitting a copy of a divorce decree is only required if the divorce or dissolution occurred less than sixty days prior to applying for the marriage license.
How Much a Marriage License Cost?: There is a fee of $40 that must be paid when you file the application. This fee does not include the cost of the certified marriage certificate issued after the marriage is solemnized.
Under 18: Both parties must be 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be required to show proof of age. EXCEPTION: Persons who are less than 18 years of age and who are members of the armed forces of the United States while on active duty will not be required to provide parental consent. Military papers will be required to show proof of active duty status.
Persons ages 16 and 17 must submit a parental consent form signed by both parents with their application. If one parent is sole custodian of the minor, a divorce decree stating custody rights or a death certificate must be presented as well. Alaska law does not permit those under the age of 16 to marry without a court order.
If either party is under eighteen, contact the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics at (907) 465-3391 for additional instructions before completing the application.
Officiants: Anyone can perform a wedding in Alaska as long as they first receive a marriage commissioner appointment from an Alaskan court. The person must be at least 18 years old but does not need to be a resident of the state. Potential marriage commissioners should apply to the district court in the jurisdiction where the wedding will take place. There is no fee for marriage commissioner appointments, but it may take up to a week for the appointment to be processed.
Valid: The license is valid for three (3) months from the date of issuance. The marriage must be performed before the three-month expiration of the license or the license will no longer be valid. Refunds and extensions cannot be granted.
Equality Rights: Same-sex marriages are prohibited.
Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
350 Main Street, Room 404
PO Box 110601
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0601
Phone: (907) 465-3030
Fax: (907) 465-3068
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. For more detailed information click here.
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