Alaska Birth Records Search

Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health collects, manages and maintains all Alaskan birth records. Birth records have been kept and maintained since 1880.

Alaskan birth records are private, and only the following people can obtain a copy of your birth certificate: you if are at least 14 years old with a school ID, your parents as listed on the birth record, your legal guardian, with proper paperwork or any third-part or legal representative must have notarized authorization with relationship to you listed.

It is quite easy to perform an Alaska birth record search using one of the many database portals available. Alaska also allows you to request copies through the mail, in person at two local offices or online. When requesting a copy, you will need to have a valid, photo ID such as: Driver’s license, State or Federal ID, Passport, Military ID, Tribal ID.

Mail orders generally take 4-6 weeks so if you need one sooner; you will want to visit in person or use the online VitalChek system.

Types of Alaska Birth Records

There are two main types of birth records you can request.

  • Certified Copy - This type of birth certificate is an official record stamped by the state and is legal to use for all government, military, and educational purposes.
  • Heirloom - this decorative copy is for keepsake purposes only and is not a valid form of birth certificate for government purposes. This type of birth certificate is more expensive than certified copies. This type takes about 6-8 weeks for processing after your request.
  • Apostille - you may also request birth certificates with authentication from a foreign country. There may be additional fees for this type.

You may request as many copies of each type as you want, but extra fees may apply.

Alaska Population

As of 2018, Alaska’s population is 738,068. According to national census data, Alaska’s population has a growth rate of 3.97% making them 24th in the country.

Due to Alaska’s massive size, with a surface area of 665,384 square miles, Alaska’s population density is 48th in the country. With only 1.2 people per square mile, Alaska is the most sparsely populated state in the Union.

Anchorage is the most populated city in Alaska with over 300,000 people. After Anchorage, only Juneau and Fairbanks has more than 10,000 people per city.

State Population
1 birth every 2814 seconds

1 death every 4221 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are less women than men in Alaska. The total population of Alaska is estimated at 741,522 people with 388,168 male and 353,354 female. There are 34,814 less more women than men in the state, which is 47.65% of the total population.

The Alaska Gender Ratio is 110 men to 100 women (99:100) or 1.10. State’s gender ratio is higher than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

Alaska Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 15.12 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 11,209 total births — the lowest in Alaska history, and higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 11,209, 0.28% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Alaska

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than Alaska Top 1 state with a higher birth rate than Alaska
New Jersey - 10.92Utah - 16.47
New Mexico - 11.82
District Of Columbia - 14.47
Oregon - 11.05
Connecticut - 9.29

Top 5 Counties in Alaska with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in Alaska with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in Alaska with the highest birth rate
Anchorage Borough - 15.15Anchorage Borough - 15.15

Alaska Fertility Rate

In Alaska the fertility rate based on historical data went from 79.29 to 75.47 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 76.06 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.12 to 28.21.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain an Alaska Birth Certificate

You can visit Alaska’s Juneau or Anchorage offices to perform an Alaskan birth record search while you wait. Otherwise, you can mail in your application to Alaska Vital Records Office: P.O. Box 110675 Juneau, AK 99811-0675. If you have questions, call (907) 465 -339.

The Alaskan birth records search fee is $30, even if they fail to find your record. Each additional copy is another $25. Heirloom copies are $55 and if you need Apostille those are an extra $12. You can obtain a copy while you wait; most visits are less than 30 minutes long.

Alaska Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $55.00
Organization: Department of Health and Social Services; Bureau of Vital Statistics
Address:P.O. Box 110675, Juneau, AK 99811-0675
Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Alaska Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.