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Alaska Marriage Laws

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Alaska. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Alaska. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of Alaska.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: No
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 3 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 90 Days
  • Marriage License Return Within: By Expiration

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Alaska

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Alaska

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

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3 License to Marry in Alaska

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in Alaska to get an Ordination Package. Although minister registration is not required in Alaska you may be asked to display proof of your ordination to the county clerks before they will accept the marriage as having been legally solemnized. Having this proof of your ordination can also provide a great deal of peace-of-mind to any couple that you intend to marry. Additionally, please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Alaska

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Alaska marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 90 days, and there is a 3-day mandatory waiting period between when the couple receives the marriage license in Alaska and when the ceremony may be legally performed. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office before its date of expiry. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Alaska, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new Alaska wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.


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Alaska Marriage Code

Marriage in Alaska is governed by Chapter 25.05 of Alaska's Statutes. Ministers who got ordained online with the Universal Life Church have successfully solemnized thousands of weddings in the state. Below, you will find that we have reproduced a relevant excerpt of this code.
Sec. 25.05.261. Who may solemnize. (a) Marriages may be solemnized (1) by a minister, priest, or rabbi of any church or congregation in the state, or by a commissioned officer of the Salvation Army, or by the principal officer or elder of recognized churches or congregations that traditionally do not have regular ministers, priests, or rabbis, anywhere within the state; (2) by a marriage commissioner or judicial officer of the state anywhere within the jurisdiction of the commissioner or officer; or (3) before or in any religious organization or congregation according to the established ritual or form commonly practiced in the organization or congregation. (b) This section may not be construed to waive the requirements for obtaining a marriage license.

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Aleutians East Borough

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
Fax: (907) 269-0994
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Aleutians West Census Area

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

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Bethel Census Area

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Anchorage, Alaska

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Bristol Bay Borough

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

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City and Borough of Haines

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

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City and Borough of Juneau

5441 Commercial Blvd. PO Box 110675
Juneau, Alaska

Phone: (907) 465-3391
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City and Borough of Sitka

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
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City and Borough of Wrangell

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

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City and Borough of Yakutat

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

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Denali Borough

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
Fax: (907) 269-0994
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Dillingham Census Area

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
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Fairbanks North Star Borough

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
Fax: (907) 269-0994
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Hoonah-Angoon Census Area

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
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Kenai Peninsula Borough

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
Fax: (907) 269-0994
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Ketchikan Gateway Borough

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
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Kodiak Island Borough

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
Fax: (907) 269-0994
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Kusilvak Census Area

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
Fax: (907) 269-0994
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Lake and Peninsula Borough

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
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Matanuska-Susitna Borough

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
Fax: (907) 269-0994
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Municipality of Anchorage

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
Fax: (907) 269-0994
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Municipality of Skagway Borough

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
Fax: (907) 269-0994
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Nome Census Area

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
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North Slope Borough

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
Fax: (907) 269-0994
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Northwest Arctic Borough

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
Fax: (907) 269-0994
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Petersburg Borough

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
Fax: (907) 269-0994
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Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
Fax: (907) 269-0994
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Southeast Fairbanks Census Area

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
Fax: (907) 269-0994
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Valdez-Cordova Census Area

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
Fax: (907) 269-0994
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Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area

3601 C Street, Suite 128
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0991
Fax: (907) 269-0994
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