Alaska’s public records are maintained and administered by a number of different government agencies and departments. Some are kept at the state level and some at the borough level. The Municipality of Anchorage also maintains important public records. Many records can be ordered online and some can even be viewed online. More detailed information about commonly-sought public records follows.
In Alaska, vital records – including records of birth, death, marriage, and divorce – are administered by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. They are available via mail or in person. It appears the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics does offer online requests, but that system is inoperative as of this writing.
To request a vital record by mail, it is first necessary to download the relevant application form. On the right side of the Bureau of Vital Statistics homepage is a menu of the different certificates available for order. Follow the links to the correct application, fill it out, and send it in to:
Bureau of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 110675
Juneau, AK 99811-0675
To request a vital record in person, visit the Bureau of Vital Statistics Office in Juneau, Anchorage, or Fairbanks. Here is a list of office locations.
In Alaska, criminal records are administered by the Alaska Department of Public Safety. They are available for request by submitting the proper form (available via links at the bottom of this page). Complete the application and mail it, along with the fee, to:
Criminal Records Identification Bureau
5700 E. Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99507
For more information, visit the Background Check page the Alaska Department of Public Safety website or call them at (907) 269-5511.
It is very easy to access court records in Alaska. They are searchable online via the website of the Alaska Court System. Simply click the “Search Court Cases” button and follow the instructions.
Many public business records are searchable and viewable online via the website of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. This search page is where you can look for information on businesses. Typically, business records will include such information as the name and file number of the business, the names of any officers or agents, as well as the date of formation.
Property records in Alaska are maintained at the borough level, by the local Assessors office. A few Alaska boroughs maintain searchable databases online and its possible to order them by mail or in person.
For the Municipality of Anchorage, property appraisal and tax records are available for online search via the website of the Municipality of Anchorage Property Appraisal Division.
People can order their own driving record from the Alaska Department of Administration, Division of Motor Vehicles by mail, fax, or in person.
The fax and mail order forms are available online at the DMV website. Their toll-free number is 1-855-269-5551. The DMV mailing address is:
State of Alaska
Division of Motor Vehicles
1300 W Benson Boulevard, Ste 200
Anchorage, AK 99503-3600