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Registering a car in Alaska is relatively simple if you know the following steps. This guide will walk you through the process of registering a car in the state, including the requirements, fees, types of registrations, and forms that need to be completed. We’ll also discuss the processing time and how to renew your registration.


To register a vehicle in Alaska, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a resident of Alaska.
  • The vehicle must be titled in your name or have a lienholder listed if you are financing the vehicle.
  • You must have valid insurance coverage for the vehicle.
  • You must have a valid Alaska driver’s license.

Types of Registrations

There are several types of vehicle registrations in Alaska:

  • New Vehicle Registration: For vehicles that have never been registered before.
  • Used Vehicle Registration: For vehicles previously registered in another state or country.
  • Leased Vehicle Registration: For vehicles that are being leased.
  • Commercial Vehicle Registration: For vehicles used for commercial purposes.


The fees for registering a vehicle in Alaska vary depending on the type of vehicle and its weight. Here are the general fees for standard vehicles:

  • Passenger vehicles (up to 4,000 lbs.): $100
  • Passenger vehicles (4,001 lbs. or more): $150
  • Motorcycles: $60

For a complete list of fees, including those for commercial vehicles, trailers, and other types of vehicles, visit the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website.

Forms and Documents

To register your vehicle in Alaska, you’ll need to complete the following forms and provide the necessary documents:

  • Application for Title & Registration (Form 812): This form can be found on the Alaska DMV website and must be completed by the vehicle owner.
  • Proof of Ownership: Provide the Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO) for a new vehicle. Provide the previous title or a bill of sale for a used vehicle.
  • Proof of Insurance: Provide a valid insurance card or policy that meets Alaska’s minimum liability insurance requirements.
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement: If the vehicle is less than 10 years old, the seller must complete this statement on the title or on a separate form (Form 839).
  • Lienholder Information: If there is a lienholder, provide their name and address.

Renewing a Registration

Vehicle registrations in Alabama are renewed annually. You will receive a renewal notice from the Alabama Department of Revenue before your registration expires. To renew your registration, you can:

  • Online: Visit the Alabama Department of Revenue’s online portal and follow the instructions to renew your registration.
  • By Mail: Send the renewal notice, proof of insurance, and payment to the address specified on the renewal notice.
  • In-Person: Visit your local county licensing office with your renewal notice, proof of insurance, and payment.
  • *Note: Late fees may apply if you do not renew your registration before expiration.
  • In conclusion, registering a car in Alabama requires careful attention to the requirements, fees, and forms. Following this guide, you should be well-equipped to navigate the registration process and enjoy your vehicle on Alabama roads.

    How to Register Your Vehicle

    Once you have gathered the necessary forms and documents, follow these steps to register your vehicle:

    • Visit your local Alaska DMV office.
    • Present the completed forms and documents.
    • Pay the registration fees.
    • Receive your temporary registration and license plates (if applicable).

    Processing Time

    The processing time for vehicle registration in Alaska can vary depending on the workload at your local DMV office. You should receive your permanent registration and license plates within two to four weeks.

    Renewing Your Registration

    Vehicle registrations in Alaska must be renewed every two years. To renew your registration, you can do so online, by mail, or in person at a DMV office. You will need to provide your current registration, proof of insurance, and pay the renewal fees. If you choose to renew online or by mail, allow two to four weeks to process and deliver your new registration and stickers.

    We hope this guide helps you successfully register your vehicle in Alaska!

    Last Verified:
    Jul 5, 2023