You may request certificates in person at our Juneau, Anchorage, or Fairbanks Offices. Many requests made at our offices can be processed while you wait. Click on the respective city name to obtain the address, phone number and directions.
PLEASE READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.
- A person may obtain only his or her own birth certificate, except for parents who may obtain their own child's certificate.
- A birth certificate can also be furnished to a legal guardian, a legal representative, or to a person who provides documentation showing the birth certificate is needed for the determination of property rights. A legal guardian must submit a certified copy of the guardianship papers granted by the court when requesting a birth certificate. If you are a legal representative, include a letter stating whom you represent and how you are related to the person named on the record.
- Use the full first, middle, and last names as they appear on the certificate when filling out the request form.
- We can only process requests for births that occurred in Alaska. For births that occurred outside of Alaska, requests must be sent directly to the appropriate state.
- ALL REQUESTS MUST INCLUDE A COPY OF GOVERNMENT-ISSUED PICTURE ID OF THE PERSON REQUESTING THE BIRTH RECORD. For example, if you are requesting your child's certificate you should include a copy of your own ID. Enlarge the copy and lighten it as much as possible to ensure it is clear and readable when sent to the Bureau, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE FAXING YOUR REQUEST. REQUESTS WITH DARK OR UNCLEAR COPIES OF IDs WILL BE RETURNED UNPROCESSED. Your signature under the copied ID is also required.
The following are acceptable for identification purposes:
- A driver's license or official identification card issued by another state in the U.S., jurisdiction or territory, unexpired, or expired for not more than one year; an unexpired U.S. or foreign passport; U.S. military identification, military dependent identification or veteran's identification.
- If you are currently living in Alaska, a BIA or tribal identification card will also be accepted.
If you are unable to provide any of the above-mentioned forms of identification, please contact the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics at 907.465.3391 to speak with a customer service representative.
SUBMITTING YOUR REQUEST:
- Print and complete the request form and mail it or fax it to our office.
- Walk-in service is also available in Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Juneau. Please check our website for office hours and location.
- Vital records requests contain confidential information. Therefore, we highly recommend you mail your request. E-mail, although convenient, is not secure and subject to fraud.
- Remember to sign your request and enclose the correct fees as well as a copy of picture ID.
- This applications is currently down. We are working to fix. You may place your order and pay by credit card online at https://hss.state.ak.us/certak. You will be required to fax identification and the CertAK authorization form to our office.
- Requests sent by regular mail will normally be processed within 2 -3 weeks after receipt by the Bureau.
- Heirloom requests are normally processed within 4 -6 weeks after receipt by the Bureau. Note that most governmental agencies do not accept heirloom certificates as proof of birth.
- For expedited service please visit our web site at https://hss.state.ak.us/certak. There is an $11.00 fee for expedited requests. Expedited requests are normally processed within three business days.
- Normal processing times can be greater during periods of high volume. Please plan accordingly and allow for mailing time.
- Alaska charges a search fee for records. Once an order is received and processed, the first $30 record search fee is not refundable. If you order multiple copies and no record is found, the fees for the extra copies will be refunded.
- The first copy of a certificate is $30.00 and additional copies are $25 for each copy of the same record ordered at the same time. The first copy of an heirloom certificate is $55.00 and extra copies are $50 for each copy of the same record ordered at the same time.
- Records requiring an Apostille: Birth Certificates requiring authentication for a foreign country have additional fees. The additional charge is $12.00 for the first record, with $2.00 added for each additional copy of the same record. This includes the $2.00 fee for the Lt. Governor's office. The country that the record is being sent to must be noted on your request.
- All NSF checks will be sent to a collection agency. There will be a $30.00 charge for returned checks.
- For additional information on obtaining Alaska Vital Records, please contact the Records Processing Unit in Juneau at 907.465.3391.