New to Alaska
Upon moving to Alaska, you will need to transfer both your driver's license and vehicle registration over to the AK Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Similarly, you'll need to re-register to vote in your new state. Military members recently stationed in Alaska may be exempt from certain registration requirements.
In Alaska, the
Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) handles motor vehicles and licensing. Traffic tickets in Alaska are handled by the state's court system or the city in which you received your ticket. Voter registration and election information is available from the AK Division of Elections. All of this can be overwhelming to those who are new to the state, but we are here to help you learn how and with whom to complete your required tasks.
Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles
The Alaska DMV handles vehicle and licensing administration within the state, which includes the following:
- Driver's licenses & ID cards.
- Administrative DUI.
- Vehicle registration, titling, & renewal.
- License plates.
Traffic Tickets in Alaska
The Alaska DMV is not responsible for handling traffic tickets. Instead, traffic tickets are primarily handled by one of the following:
- Your city.
- The Alaska Court System.
Your ticket should indicate whether it is payable to the city or the court.
If you are bringing an out-of-state vehicle to Alaska when you move, you must have it registered and titled in the state within 10 days of establishing residency or employment.
For a simple explanation of the process, please refer to our Car Registration in Alaska page.
If you own a recreational vehicle, an ATV, or even a snowmobile, you're required to register it. For more information, please check out our page on Alaska Special Vehicle Registration.
Car Insurance Requirements
In order to protect you in the case of an accident, the Alaska DMV requires that all registered vehicles be insured. To make sure you get the best policy and the best value, please refer to our Car Insurance in Alaska page.
Alaska no longer requires emission inspections in order to register your vehicle. However, they do offer some incentives for eco-friendly driving. You can learn more on our guide to Alaska vehicle inspections.
Once you've become a resident of Alaska, you have 90 days to obtain an Alaska driver's license. If you have a commercial driver's license (CDL), you only have 30 days to get an Alaska CDL.
For more information, visit our following pages:
- Applying for a New License (Drivers 18+) in Alaska
- Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Alaska
- Commercial Driver's License
AK Identification Cards
If you don't drive but you need a form of identification, you'll need to get an ID card. The simple process is explained on our Identification Cards in Alaska page.
One of the things a lot of people overlook when they move is registering to vote. Don't miss out on any important elections; find out how to register to vote in Alaska on our Voter Registration page.
If you're an active-duty military member from out of state who is currently stationed in Alaska, our Alaska Drivers in the Military page may be of some use to you.
Here you'll find information on whether you can use your out-of-state driver's license and vehicle while you're temporarily in Alaska.
Need to find the nearest Alaska DMV? It's easy to do with the help of our DMV Office Finder.
You may also find some useful information in some of AK DMV's resources:
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