Alaska Public Records

In Alaska, two laws govern freedom of information: the Alaska Open Meetings Act and the Alaska Public Records Act. Together, these two laws outline what type of information is considered public information and how the people of Alaska can access that information.

The Alaska Open Meetings Act, Alaska Statutes § 44.62.310 et seq. governs access to public meetings. This law describes the type of public notice that the government must give for public meetings, requires that public meetings be open to the public, attendance and voting requirements for public meetings, and how to distribute meeting materials. It provides that some meetings can be closed, if those meetings would damage someone’s reputation or character or have an adverse impact on government finances.

The Alaska Public Records Act, Alaska Statutes § 09.25.110 et seq. governs public access to records that are in the possession of municipal and state government bodies. The presumption is that records will be public and subject to inspection. Public records refer to a wide variety of records, including books, papers, accounts, files, writings, memorializations of conversations, and similar records. Proprietary software programs are specifically exempted from the public record. Other records that are exempted include juvenile, library lending, medical, adoption, public health, victim names in sexual assaults, and some law enforcement records.

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Public & Vital Records for Boroughs in Alaska

More About Alaska

Alaska is a U.S. state that is located outside of the 48 contiguous continental United States. It is located on the west coast of North America, to the west of Canada. It is the largest state in terms of area. It is the 3rd least populated state and is the least densely populated state. It became a state in 1959 and was the 49th state to join the United States.

Alaska’s economy is surprisingly strong. Its per capita personal income is the 15th highest in the nation and it has the fifth-largest number of millionaires per capita in the United States. The economy is very heavily dependent on oil and gas, but it also has a thriving seafood industry. Military bases also play an important role in the state’s economy. The strength and nature of the economy means that Alaska attracts a lot of people from around the United States for different types of labor. The population is somewhat transient. Therefore, if you are running background checks on someone in Alaska, you may need to look in other locations.


Alaska Vital Records

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Health, Healthy Analytics and Vital Records Section, handles vital records for events occurring in Alaska. In Alaska, vital records refer to births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriages, divorces, adoption records, paternity records, and amendments.

Birth Records

There are several ways to access birth records in Alaska. In Alaska, only some people can get a birth certificate, including: the parents listed on the birth certificate, the child named on the birth certificate (if they are 14 or older), a legal guardian, or attorneys with a legal interest in obtaining the birth record. To get a birth certificate, you must provide an unexpired identification including: driver’s license, state-issued ID, military ID, tribal/BIA card, or a passport. You can complete the form and send it, along with payment to Alaska Vital Records Office, P.O. Box 110675, Juneau, AK 99811-0675. You can also email it to hss.vr.apps@alaska.gov, fax it to the Juneau Vital Records Office at 907-465-3618, or bring it in person to the Vital Records Offices in either Juneau or Anchorage.

Death Records

In Alaska, you can access death records in a number of ways. You must fill out a request for the death certificate. Spouses, parents, children, siblings, legal guardians, the Office of Public Advocacy, and legal representatives/attorneys can get access to death records. You can request them by mail, by fax, or by email. You must be able to prove identity with a government-issued identification in order to get a death record.

Marriage Records

Alaska only allows the bride, groom, the spouse, or a legal representative can have access to the marriage certificates. You can request marriage records by mail by sending the request to Alaska Vital Records Office, P.O. Box 110675, Juneau, AK 99811-0675; by email by sending it to hss.vr.apps@alaska.gov; by fax if you fax it to the Juneau Vital Records Office at 907-465-3618; or in person by bringing it to the Vital Records Offices in Juneau or the Vital Records Office in Anchorage.

Divorce Records

Alaska issues divorce certificates. Either party listed on the divorce record can request it; if you are not listed on the divorce record you can contact 907-465-3391 for assistance. You can request them by email, by fax, in person, or by mail.

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