How To File

  • The PFD application filing season starts January 1 09:00:01 am, and ends March 31 11:59:59 pm. The online application is only available during this period.
  • Every applicant needs their own, separate application, completed and signed, before eligibility can be determined.
  • When you begin the online filing process, you will be prompted to choose which method of signing your application you prefer. Remember that anyone can file online with a printed signature page, but to attach an electronic signature, you will need to use a myAlaska account that has been validated. For more information about myAlaska validation and e-signing, see the page on how to create/validate a myAlaska account.
  • Throughout the online application, you can click on the blue and white ‘Help’ icons for instruction details and clarification of terms.
    PFD Online question mark icon example image
  • You will be required to legally certify your answers at the end of the application.
  • An online filing session will time-out after a period of inactivity, so you may want to gather some information before you start the application. These may include:
    • Dates and details of any trips outside Alaska during 2016, especially if your total days absent are more than 90.
    • Financial account details, if you wish to have your eligible dividend direct deposited. (As of 2015, you can now opt for direct deposit to any financial institution of your choice, but you will need to provide the complete routing number and account number. You can get these from the bottom of your check, or by contacting your financial institution.)
Sample check showing location of routing number and account number for PFD direct deposit
  • Once you begin the online filing, do NOT use the ‘Back’ button of your device or browser program! Look for the newly improved Navigation Links to track your progress or to go back and make corrections to answers.
The progress bar shows relative completion of application pages, with certain key pages indicated. Pages that have been fully answered are shown in GREEN, with a checkmark icon. The page currently being edited is shown in BLUE, with a pencil icon. Pages that have been started but not finished (including pages returned to after completion) are shown in YELLOW, with a flag icon.
  • At the end of the online application, you may be presented reminders of additional steps to complete or forms to return to the Division, including the certification of your answers with a signature page (unless you electronically signed already). Don’t exit too early and miss a step that may hold up your application!
  • Depending on how you opted to sign your application, whether you provided an email address on it, and your participation in voluntary contribution programs, you may receive as many as three different automated email messages in connection with your online filing.