All states require a marriage license, so you need to ensure that you understand all of the requirements very early in the planning process. Luckily, it’s fairly straightforward in most cases as long as you meet the criteria and follow the state requirements.
Here is what you need to know about getting a marriage license in Alaska.
Yes! Same sex marriage is recognized in all states, and at a federal level, under the Respect for Marriage Act which was signed into law in December 2022.
No. Blood tests have been abolished as part of marriage license applications in all 50 states, so don’t worry if you’re afraid of needles!
Once you’ve gotten the admin out of the way, you can get to the part you’ve been dreaming of: the wedding ceremony!
As you’d expect, each state has different requirements to make a marriage legal. Make sure you follow the guide below to get your marriage legally recognized.
Officiants are required to solemnize a marriage in Alaska. Eligible officiants include: a minister, priest, or recognized leader of any church or congregation, a marriage commissioner, a commissioned officer of the Salvation Army, a judicial officer of the state or any elected official holding public office in the state.
Interestingly, Alaska allows the appointment of marriage commissioners by the presiding judge of the judicial district. The appointment will be made for the specific date and for ceremony of the two people named in the application. This means that a friend, relative or anyone else over the age of 18, can officiate a wedding in Alaska.
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