Paperwork When Selling a Car in Alaska

Paperwork Required to Sell Your Car in Alaska

Have a car to sell in Alaska? We'll give you the lowdown on what the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires in order for you to successfully transfer your vehicle.

Selling a Vehicle in Alaska

Before we address the actual process of turning a title over to a new owner, it might be a good idea to review our companion guide on the basics of selling a used car, from setting a fair price to successfully interacting with prospective buyers. Take a look!

If a buyer's interested in your car, then it's simply a matter of signing off on the title certificate (see “ Required Documents" below), notifying the Division of Motor Vehicles, and removing the license plates to complete the sale.

Required Documents in Alaska

When you're selling a car in Alaska, you'll need to fill in the following information on the car title:

  • Your signature and the signature of any other registered owners if their names are separated by “and" on the title. (If owner names are separated by “or," just one owner needs to sign the title.)
  • The vehicle's current mileage (odometer disclosure statement) for vehicles under 20 years old.
    • For vehicles that are 20 years old or older, an odometer disclosure is not required.

You'll also want to notify the Alaska DMV of the sale. You can do this in a number of ways:

  • Submit a completed "Notice of Vehicle Sale for Transfer," which is attached to the car title to the AK DMV in person.
  • Complete a Notice of Transfer Pending online.

You and the buyer might also consider completing a bill of sale to summarize the transaction.

Duplicate Alaska Title Certificate

In the event that your original title has been misplaced, stolen, damaged, or destroyed, you'll need to obtain a duplicate title in order to sell your car in Alaska.

To do so, you can fill out the Application for Duplicate Title (Form 809). This document is available for download online or in hard-copy form at an Alaska DMV office; you can also request a copy be sent to you by mail.

If there's a lien on the title, the application should include a lien release from the lienholder.

You will also need to pay the $15 fee for a duplicate title.

For more information, see our Replacing a Lost Title in Alaska page.

Duplicate Registration in Alaska

If you're missing your vehicle registration, or if it's been damaged or destroyed, you can request a duplicate version from the AK DMV. Do so by filling out the Application for Title and Registration (Form V1), on which you can specify the reason for your request. You'll include a copy of your previous registration if you have it along with payment for the $2 application fee.

For more information, visit our Replacing a Lost Registration in Alaska page.

AK Vehicle History Reports

When you sell your vehicle in Alaska, prospective buyers may well be appraising it using a vehicle history report, which can provide details on your car's past involvement in accidents, theft, and other situations. To learn more about how used-car shoppers use vehicle history reports, or to order your own, visit our Vehicle History Reports page.

Transferring License Plates After a Sale

You can remove any personalized or specialty license plates when you sell your car and transfer these to another vehicle registered in your name. Find out more on the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles website.

Forms for Easy Download

Notice of Transfer Pending (online)

Application for Duplicate Title (Form 809)

Application for Title and Registration (Form V1)

Optional helpful links:

Generic Bill of Sale

Vehicle History Report


Application for Duplicate Title
Request a duplicate Alaska vehicle title from the DMV. MUST be notarized OR signed by an employee at the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles.
Application for Title and Registration
Complete this form when you are applying for a transfer of ownership, registration, title, OR replacement title with the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles.
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