Heirloom Marriage Certificates
Available for purchase by the bride, groom, family or friends, an Heirloom Certificate makes a unique marriage gift. Select a certificate to view a larger image.
PLEASE READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.
- Incomplete applications or applications that do not include proper photo identification will be returned unprocessed. You do not need to include a photocopy of your ID when ordering a gift certificate.
- The bride or groom may obtain a certified copy of their own marriage certificate.
- 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 marriages that occurred in Alaska. For marriages 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 MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE. 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.
- If you are requesting a gift certificate you only need to complete the purchaser information (section B) and leave the bride and groom's information (section A) blank.
- You do not need to include a photocopy of your ID when ordering a gift certificate.
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 or fax 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.
- 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 marriage.
- Normal processing times can be greater during periods of high volume. Please plan accordingly.
- Please allow for mailing time.
- The first copy of a heirloom certificate is $65.00 and additional copies are $60 for each copy of the same record ordered at the same time.
- All NSF checks will be sent to a collection agency. There will be a $30.00 charge for returned checks.
- Expedited (Rush) service is not available for heirloom certificates.
- Thirty-five dollars ($35) of the heirloom certificate fee goes to the Alaska Children's Trust. The mission of the Trust is to improve the status of children in Alaska by generating funds and committing resources to eliminate child abuse and neglect. All fifty states plus the District of Columbia have Children’s Trust Funds. For more information about the Alaska Children's Trust contact:
Alaska Children's Trust Executive Director
Toll-free Phone: 1.800.643.KIDS (5437)
For additional information on obtaining Alaska Vital Records, please contact the Records Processing Unit in Juneau at 907.465.3391.