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.
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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.
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.
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 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 - 15.15||Anchorage 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.