Alaska Registration Renewal

The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) oversees your vehicle’s registration renewal.

You will receive a renewal notice about 2 months before your vehicle’s expiration by mail. You should receive one of these mailers every 2 years (when your registration expires). This form details your vehicle information and renewal fees.

Failing to renew your vehicle’s registration does not carry a late penalty. Yet, you will get in trouble if you decide to drive without it. It’s best to get it renewed if you plan to do any driving on state roads.

You can renew your Alaska vehicle registration:

  • In-person
  • Online
  • By Mail

You may check the status of your license by requesting driver records to see if there are any issues with your vehicle. Given you don’t have restrictions, follow along to complete the renewal process.

Alaska Car or Truck Registration Renewal: Step-by-Step

To renew your vehicle’s registration in Alaska, all you’ll need to do is take a trip down to your local AK DMV. Or, use their online system or mail-in option.

Ready? Let’s get everything sorted!

Note: Military members and out-of-state residents are encouraged to renew online or by mail.

In-Person Registration Renewal

Do the following if you want to handle the renewal in-person:

  1. Visit an AK DMV
  2. Submit the renewal notice
  3. Submit a copy of your registration
  4. File your information:
    1. Option #1: A renewal request letter
    2. Option #2: A completed Application for Title and Registration (form 812)
  5. Include payment for your renewal fees

Congratulations! You’ll receive your new card and plate stickers once everything is processed. You will pay an extra $10 to renew in person unless the registration has been expired beyond a year.

Online Registration Renewal

You may renew your registration online given you have your information on file with the DMV.

You will then:

  1. Visit the AK DMV website
  2. Enter your information:
    1. Option #1: Registration renewal number
    2. Option #2: License plate number + last 2-digits of your VIN
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts
  4. Pay your Alaska registration renewal fees
  5. Print your receipt

You should receive your stickers and documents by mail in about two weeks. Email the DMV at [email protected] with your plate #/VIN/renewal #, name, and mailing address if you don’t receive it within the 14 days.

Mail-in Registration Renewal

Want to renew by mail?

You’ll need to complete this at no more than the 5th day of your registration month to get it in on time.

The process goes like this:

  1. Gather your renewal notice
  2. Include a copy of your registration
  3. File your information:
    1. Option #1: A renewal request letter
    2. Option #2: A completed Application for Title and Registration (form 812)
  4. Include payment for your renewal fees

You’ll send these documents to:

State of Alaska

Division of Motor Vehicles

ATTN: Mailouts

1300 W. Benson Blvd

Anchorage, AK 99503

You’ll receive your new documents not long after it’s processed.

Alaska Registration Renewal Fees and Taxes

The AK renewal fees depend on:

  • Vehicle type
  • Vehicle weight

Your typical non-commercial fees include:

  • Passenger vehicles: $100
  • Trucks and cargo vans (under 10,000lbs): $100
  • Motorcycles: $60

Commercial vehicles’ fees range from $180 (0-5,000lbs) to $662 (18,0001 and more).

You’ll also need to pay a vehicle registration tax if you live in the following locations:

  • Anchorage
  • Bethel
  • Bristol Bay Borough
  • Cordova
  • Dillingham
  • Juneau
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough
  • Kodiak Island Borough
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough
  • Nenana
  • Nome
  • Petersburg
  • Sitka
  • Unalaska
  • Whittier

Check the fee chart to learn of your estimated registration taxes.

Congratulations, You’re Done!

You’ve completed the Alaska vehicle registration renewal.

Keep track of your expiry date or keep an eye out for the renewal notice sometime next year. Forgoing renewal can land you in trouble with fines and penalties so don’t let this lapse.

Continue practicing safe driving, respect the rules of the roads, and be nice to one another. Happy driving out there in Alaska!