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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
  • 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.

Select your county to quickly generate the contact information for your local marriage authority.

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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.

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Anchorage Bureau of Vital Statistics

3601 C Street
Anchorage, Alaska

Phone: (907) 269-0990
Fax: (907) 269-0994
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Bethel District Recorder

311 Willow Street
Bethel, Alaska

Phone: (907) 543-3391
Fax: (907) 543-7053
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Cape Nome Recorder

P.O. Box 431
Nome, Alaska

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Fairbanks Bureau of Vital Statistics

615 23rd Avenue
Fairbanks, Alaska

Phone: (907) 452-9210
Fax: (907) 452-4872
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Homer District Recorder

195 E. Bunnell Avenue
Homer, Alaska

Phone: (907) 235-8136
Fax: (907) 235-8125
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Juneau Bureau of Vital Statistics

350 Main St
Juneau, Alaska

Phone: (907) 465-3392
Fax: (907) 465-3618
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Kenai County Clerk

110 Trading Bay Rd
Kenai, Alaska

Kenai County Clerk website »

Ketchikan Recorder

415 Main Street
Ketchikan, Alaska

Phone: (907) 225-3142
Fax: (907) 247-3142
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Kodiak Recorder

204 Mission Rd
Kodiak, Alaska

Kodiak Recorder website »

Palmer District Recorder

435 S Denali St
Palmer, Alaska

Palmer District Recorder website »

Sitka Recorder

210 Lake St
Sitka, Alaska

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