Alaska Title Transfer

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Bought a new or used car? Or, gifting one? If so, you’ll complete an Alaska title transfer.

To prove vehicle ownership in Alaska, a title transfer is required whenever a car is sold, donated, or given as a gift. This process can be completed either at an Alaska Motor Vehicle office or through a dealership.

Fortunately, the title transfer process in Alaska is relatively simple and can be completed in just a few steps. To complete the transfer, you’ll need to provide certain information and pay the applicable fees. Below, you’ll find more information on the specific steps involved in transferring a vehicle title in Alaska.

The Title Transfer Process in Alaska

To begin the title transfer process in Alaska, the current owner must complete the back of the vehicle’s title, including the name of the new owner and the vehicle’s current odometer reading.

The new owner must then sign the title, acknowledging the transfer of ownership.

The form you’re looking for is the Form 812 Vehicle Transaction Application.

Once the title has been completed and signed by both parties, the new owner can take it to an Alaska Motor Vehicle office or a licensed dealership to complete the transfer. At the office or dealership, the new owner will need to present the

  • Signed title
  • Proof of identity
  • Payment for the applicable fees

In addition to the completed title, the new owner will also need to provide proof of insurance and, in some cases, a bill of sale. Depending on the specifics of the transfer, there may be other requirements or documentation needed as well.

Out-of-State Vehicles

If you’re looking to transfer a vehicle title from another state to Alaska, here are the steps you’ll need to follow:

  1. Obtain the out-of-state title: Before you can transfer the title to Alaska, you’ll need to obtain the title from the state where the vehicle was previously registered.
  2. Verify the vehicle’s history: You may need to get a vehicle history report to ensure that the vehicle is not salvage, rebuilt, or otherwise considered ineligible for title transfer in Alaska.
  3. Get the vehicle inspected: Before you can register the vehicle in Alaska, you will need to have it inspected by a DMV-approved inspection station to verify that it meets Alaska’s emissions and safety standards.
  4. Obtain proof of insurance: You’ll need to provide proof of insurance for the vehicle before you can complete the title transfer process.
  5. Complete the title transfer: To transfer the title, you’ll need to take the out-of-state title, proof of insurance, and proof of inspection to an Alaska DMV office. You’ll also need to pay the applicable fees.
  6. Register the vehicle: Once the title has been transferred, you’ll need to register the vehicle in Alaska. You can do this at the same time as the title transfer or separately.

Alaska Title Fees and Taxes

Title transfers and their associated fees and taxes are expected.

Fees can include:

  • Passenger car: $100
  • Van/Truck (under 10,000lbs) $100
  • Motorcycle: $60
  • Title fee: $15

Fees are subject to change so it’s always good to double-check with your local AK DMV for the latest prices.

Consider getting other items handled when you visit the DMV to maximize your time there. You can complete actions like registering a vehicle or getting a copy of your AK driver records. Plan wisely and you’ll make the trip as hassle-free as possible.