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    How to Transfer a Title in Alaska
    1. Seller & buyer sign title.
    2. Complete an Application for Title & Registration (Form 812).
    3. Bring title and $15 title transfer fee to the DMV.
    4. Continue reading below for complete instructions.

    In Alaska, you have 30 days from the purchase (or receipt) of your vehicle to complete the auto title transfer to your name. Continue reading below to learn about DMV title transfer in Alaska.

    New to Alaska?

    If you're new to Alaska and you're bringing a vehicle from your previous state, you have 10 days to register it with the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

    Contact the Alaska DMV for information about transferring your out-of-state vehicle title to the state.

    NOTE: If you have a lien on your title in your previous state, you will be issued an Alaska registration only. You'll be asked to provide the registration or a photocopy of the vehicle title.

    Buying or Selling a Vehicle

    The process for a car title transfer in AK differs depending on whether you're the buyer or seller of the vehicle.

    Buying a Vehicle

    New Cars

    Alaska DMV title transfers are simple when you buy a new car from a dealer because the dealer typically takes care of the paperwork for you.

    Used Cars

    To complete a vehicle title transfer in Alaska after purchasing a used car, follow these steps:

    1. Have the seller:
      • Sign and date the title.
      • Record the vehicle mileage, if the vehicle is less than 10 years old.
      • Complete the Notice of Vehicle Sale for Transfer at the bottom of the title and detach it.
      • Remove any specialty or personalized license plates.
    2. Sign and date the title.
    3. Take the signed title and a completed Application for Title & Registration (Form 812) to the Alaska DMV office.
    4. Pay the title transfer fee of $15.

    NOTE: If you live in a remote area of Alaska and do not have a DMV office within 50 miles, you can mail your paperwork and payment for fees to:

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

    Expect a maximum of 4 weeks for auto title transfer processing and mailing.

    Selling a Vehicle

    NOTE: Providing the vehicle's past history of maintenance and repairs can help you find a buyer faster. Order a vehicle history report (VHR) to provide to potential buyers and help validate your asking price.

    Once you've found a willing buyer, follow the steps below to complete an Alaska auto title transfer:

    • Sign and date the title. If the vehicle is younger than 10 years old, record the mileage on the title.
    • Notify the AK DMV that you have sold the vehicle either:
      • Online.
      • By submitting a Notice of Transfer Pending (Form 820) to the address on the form.
      • By completing and signing the “Notice of Vehicle Sale for Transfer" portion of the title and taking it an AK DMV office or mailing it to:
      • State of Alaska
        Division of Motor Vehicles
        ATTN: Mailouts
        1300 W. Benson Blvd
        Anchorage, AK 99503
    • Give the signed title to the buyer.
    • Provide the seller with a bill of sale (optional).
    • Remove any specialized or personalized license plates from the vehicle.

    NOTE: You cannot sell a vehicle if you don't have a title that is free of liens.

    The buyer will be responsible for registering the vehicle in their name and completing the vehicle title transfer with the Alaska DMV.

    Gifting, Donating, or Inheriting a Vehicle

    Gifting a Vehicle

    If you receive a vehicle as a gift, complete a car title transfer to your name by following these steps:

    1. Have the current registered owner sign and date the title and enter the current mileage.
    2. Sign and date the title.
    3. Complete and sign an Application for Title & Registration (Form 812).
    4. If the vehicle has specialty or personalized license plates, have the registered owner remove them from the car.
    5. Take the signed title, application form, and title transfer fee of $15 to your local Alaska DMV office.

    NOTE: If you are the person gifting the vehicle, you must notify the Alaska DMV of the transfer either:

    • By submitting a completed Notice of Transfer Pending (Form 820) to the Alaska DMV.
    • By submitting the “Notice of Vehicle Sale for Transfer" portion of the title to the AK DMV.
    • Online.

    Donating a Vehicle

    If you're thinking about donating your car to a charitable organization, you have literally thousands of options. Know what you're doing before you make any commitments.

    Find out more about the process in our section on Donating a Car.

    Inheriting a Vehicle

    If you are an heir of a deceased person, choose one of the following options to complete a car title transfer:

    • Wait for the completion of the probate process, during which an executor will be responsible for distributing assets, including vehicles .
      OR
    • Submit a claim to bypass the above process (see below).
      • You must wait 30 days from the date of death.
      • You can submit the claim only if the entire estate―after expenses and debt satisfaction―is worth no more than $150,000.
      • You must be the next of kin or legal heir.

    The probate process can be highly detailed. For more explicit information, please refer the to Alaska DMV website.

    Bypass the Probate Process

    If you decide to submit a claim and bypass the probate process, complete the DMV title transfer into your name by:

    1. Signing, dating, and entering the vehicle mileage on the title (as the successor of the estate).
    2. Signing and dating the title in the buyer's section.
    3. Completing and signing an Affidavit for an Estate with Assets of $150,000 or Less (Form 827).
    4. Completing an Application for Title & Registration (Form 812).
    5. Removing any specialty or personalized license plates from the vehicle.
    6. Taking the plates, signed title, affidavit(s), and application to an Alaska DMV office.
    7. Paying a $15 title transfer fee.

    Remove a Lien from an Alaska Title

    Paying off the loan on your car means that you now own the vehicle free and clear. The lienholder will sign off on the title and send it to you. The vehicle title transfer is a simple process after that.

    Take the following documents to an Alaska DMV office:

    NOTE: If the title is lost or destroyed, the lienholder must provide a lien release document, which must include the date, signature, and title of the lienholder. A “Paid" stamp on a loan document is not sufficient.

    Title Transfer Fees in AK

    The Alaska DMV charges the following fees for auto title transfers:

    • $15 for:
      • Title transfers.
      • Duplicate titles.
      • Name/address changes.
      • Adding/deleting names.
    • $15 ADDITIONAL fee if there is a lien on your vehicle.

    Alaska Military Members and Titling

    If you're an active-duty member of the military, you may be exempt from some of the standard titling requirements in Alaska. For more information about car title transfer exemptions, please refer to our Drivers in the Military section.

    Changing AK Title Information

    If you've changed your name or the owners of the vehicle have changed, you will need to update your vehicle title.

    Changing Your Name

    To change your name on your vehicle title, follow these steps:

    1. Sign the existing title with your previous name in the seller's section. You don't need to record mileage for this transaction.
    2. Sign the title with your new name in the buyer's section.
    3. Complete and sign an Application for Title & Registration (Form 812).
      • In the Affidavit section of the application, write “Name change only, due to [reason]" and list the reason for the name change.
    4. Take the signed title and application form to your local Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.
    5. Pay a $15 title fee. An additional $15 fee will be added if there is a lienholder.

    Deleting a Name

    If the title says “AND" between the owners' names, everyone listed must sign the title as sellers.

    To keep your name on the title, sign and date the document as buyer.

    Take the following to your local AK DMV office to delete a name from the title:

    • A completed Application for Title & Registration (Form 812).
    • The signed title certificate.
    • Payment for the $15 title fee.
      • You will need to pay an additional $15 fee if there is a lien on the vehicle.

    Adding a Name

    To add a name to your vehicle title, visit your local Alaska DMV office and submit:

    • The certificate of title:
      • Sign and date the title as the seller and record the mileage.
      • Both you and the person whose name you're adding must sign the title as buyers.
    • A completed and signed Application for Title & Registration (Form 812).
    • Payment for the $15 title fee.

    Obtain a Duplicate Title in AK

    If you've lost or misplaced your vehicle title you can apply for a duplicate title either in person at an Alaska DMV office or by mail. For more information, please refer to our Replacing a Lost AK Title page.

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