In order to drive on the Alaskan roadways legally, you will have to get your car registered with the DMV. Every two years, the registration that you have will need to be renewed. You will generally be issued a notice about 30 days before the registration is set to expire. You will need to act quickly to get the registration renewed. While there is no late fee for registrations, you will have to make special concessions to get it paid for after the expiration date.

An expired vehicle registration

If you have let your registration expire, then you will have to email the Alaska DMV at In this email, you will need to include the following information:

  • Your AK plate number, your VIN and the registration renewal number
  • Your name
  • Your mailing address

The online renewal process

For most people, being able to renew their car registration online is very convenient. In order to do this, you will need to follow these steps:

  • Make sure that the address that the system shows is correct
  • Enter the registration renewal number or the plate numbers on your car
  • Pay the amount that the system shows you owe

Handling the renewal in person

If you would rather go in person to handle the renewal, then you will have to travel to your local DMV. Before arriving, you will need to make sure that you have all of the right documents in place. Here are the documents that you will need.

  • The renewal notice that you have received
  • A copy of your current registration
  • A completed Vehicle Transaction Application

Renewing your registration by mail

Another great way to renew your registration is by mail. The following address is where you will need to mail your paperwork to.

State of Alaska
Division of Motor Vehicles
ATTN: Mailouts
1300 W. Benson Blvd
Anchorage, AK 99503

The fees

When renewing your registration, you will have to pay a fee. Here are the fees that you can expect to pay.

  • Passenger vehicles will cost $100 to renew
  • Trucks and vans under 10,000 lbs. will cost $100 to renew
  • Trailers will cost $30 to renew
  • Motorcycles will cost $60 to renew
  • Farm vehicles will cost $68 to renew

Areas with a motor vehicle registration tax

The following are areas that will require you to pay a motor vehicle registration tax.

  • Anchorage
  • Bethel
  • Bristol Bay Borough
  • Cordova
  • Dillingham
  • Nenana
  • Nome
  • Petersburg
  • Sitka

If you have any other concerns or questions about this process, go to the Alaska DMV website.

This article originally appeared on as How to Renew Your Car Registration in Alaska and was authored by Valerie Johnston.

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