Alaska Title Transfer Guide
How To Transfer A Car Title In Alaska
Do you need to know how to transfer a title in Alaska? This FAQ provides all the key information you require when buying or selling a vehicle in Alaska and want to transfer the title to the new owner.
Every vehicle title and registration is issued by the Department of Administration Division of Motor Vehicles.
They do maintain offices in many towns and cities across the state, most of which are located in your local city hall. There are also verified Business Partners able to process most DMV transactions, including transferring a title.
What Kinds of Vehicles Need A Car Title In Alaska?
A title is issued to track ownership of many different types of vehicles and boats. It is not the registration. The registration is the legal name of the license plate number associated with you and your vehicle.
If your vehicle has an engine and/or wheels, it likely requires a title including cars, pickups, mobile homes, ATV’s, manufactured homes, and trailers. A camper shell does not require a title.
What Are The Title Transfer Requirements For Alaska?
In order for an Alaska title transfer to be completed, the buyer needs to bring the following documentation to a DMV office or an authorized Business Partner:
- The completed title signed by all sellers and buyers.
- An odometer verification.
- A bill of sale.
- Their driver’s license.
- Completed Application for Title and Registration.
- Payment for the title transfer.
You have 30 days after the date of purchase to complete this task.
Where Are The DMV Offices In Alaska?
Find the DMV office of authorized Business Partner closest to you with this map.
Some of the business partners may be open in the evening or on the weekends. Offices located in rural areas may have limited hours of operation. Make sure to call ahead to save yourself from making a repeat trip.
How To Transfer A Title In Alaska when Living In A Remote Area
If you live farther than 50 miles from a DMV office connected by a road or if there is no road that connects you to the city, you are considered to be living in a Remote Area.
You are eligible to complete a transfer of title through the mail.
Collect all of the documentation listed above along with any loan documents and the fee, and send them to:
Division of Motor Vehicles
1300 W Benson Boulevard STE 200
Anchorage, AK 99503-3600
If your ZIP code is not in the Remote Area as set by the DMV, the envelope and contents will be returned to you unprocessed.
If you are unsure if you meet the Remote Area criteria, give the DMV a call at (855) 269-5551.
Who Needs To Sign The Application For Transfer Of Title?
Both the buyer and seller must sign an Alaska title transfer. If there are two people listed on the original title, both must sign it as a seller.
If the buyer wants more than one person listed on the new title, both must sign the old title and any bill of sale.
Can You Transfer The Registration?
Alaska Car Title Transfer Fees
There is a $5 fee to transfer the plates. This can save you a few dollars and an extra trip to the DMV.
How Much Does It Cost to Complete an Alaska Title Transfer?
It costs $15 to transfer a vehicle title in the state of Alaska. If you have a loan on the vehicle, there is an additional $15 fee.
Fees can be paid in cash or personal check. Some Business Partners may accept credit cards, but will likely charge additional surcharges for their services.
Alaska DMV Hours And Contact Information
For more information on questions specific to your title transfer scenario, clarification on the title transfer process in the state of Alaska, or for AK DMV hours and to find the DMV location nearest to you, visit the official Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles website by clicking here.
If you have more questions about buying and selling vehicles and title transfer requirements in Alaska, feel free to call DMV at (855) 269-5551 or email them using this form.
Common Questions About Alaska Title Transfer
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