Vital records were not kept in most countries of the world until the first decade of the twentieth century. Fortunately, today it is possible to obtain certified copies of birth, death, marriage certificates, among other events.
It may happen that you need a certified copy of a vital event certificate for an event. In case this event occurs in Alaska, you will have the best help you have ever imagined: The Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics. This entity has the responsibility of managing vital records in the State of Alaska which includes birth certificates in Alaska, fetal death, and divorce and marriage certificate information together with reports of adoption.
This entity has created a special and well designed website to show details about them and their responsibilities. In addition, you can submit your requests for certified copies online.
Once you have requested your certified copy, it will be sent by mail within 4 weeks upon receipt. If you request the copy by fax, the delivery may take one more day. Regarding heirloom certificates, they need about six days to be certified.
Regarding fees, certified copies cost $20.00 and this amount is not refundable. If your certificate is not found, the Bureau will continue searching for three years and this fee will be used for this research. There are some additional fees for specific situations such as purchasing by credit card, additional research years etc.
Each type of certificate has its own specifications when you need to request a certified copy. For instance, Alaska birth certificate copies may be obtained by you, except for parents who can get their own child’s documentation. Considering death certificates, you should state your relationship to the person named on the certificate or the reason you are requesting the certificated copy of a death certificate.
Access to birth records becomes available to the public 100 years after the event. Apart from the link about FAQ, you can send an email or call the Bureau in order to obtain more information about certificated copies. Remember that vital records and certificates become public records after certain amount of years. The state of Alaska has prepared its websites very carefully to provide users with detailed information, so if you visit them, you will be able to get lot of information and to start your request online. This will save you much time.
The Bureau of Vital Statistics also offers other services such as cultural adoptions, marriage licenses, burial transit permit, etc. You should get information about these services and some others on the website. Although they offer you so many services online, they keep confidential and safe the information stored in their databases, so you should take into account that if you want to require a certificated vital record, you should prove your identity. This is possible through a copy of your government-issued photo ID. This item is vital to avoid any type of fraud and to verify if you are eligible to receive the certificate requested. Nowadays, the Internet makes our lives simpler, so the state of Alaska has decided to offer citizens the advantage of obtaining their certificates online.
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