Replacing a Lost Registration in Alaska

Replacing a Lost Vehicle Registration in Alaska

If you drive around without your license plate, vehicle registration sticker, or registration documents, OR if any of your registration items are damaged beyond legibility, you run the risk of fines and having your vehicle impounded.

Luckily, the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) eases the wince of losing a registration certificate by making it easy to apply for a duplicate. The general process is as follows:

  • Either you or an authorized Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) agent must complete a replacement application. (See "Replace Your AK Registration, Tab, or Plate" below.)
  • You must pay a replacement fee.
    • Duplicate registration (card only): $2.
    • Duplicate registration and decal: $5
    • Duplicate license plate/decal: $5.
  • You'll need to to explain the reason for your request in the comments section.
  • You can either submit this application in person at any AK DMV office or send it by mail.

If any of your registration items are lost or stolen, you should contact your local law enforcement agency to file a police report.

You'll find more details about the replacement process below.

Replace Your AK Registration, Tab, or Plate

Should you lose your license plate, registration papers, or vehicle's tab (the tiny registration decal that affixes to the back license plate), you must apply for a duplicate as soon as possible. Not only is this required by law, but it will spare you many moments of road-angst.

Driving a vehicle without a tab or license plate is like driving with a giant banner that reads, "Please Officer, Pull Me Over." If you get pulled over without the proper vehicle registration documents in your car, you could face more problems.

Applying for replacement plates, tabs, and papers in Alaska is relatively easy.

You'll need to simply:

  • Complete a Vehicle Transaction Application (Form 821)
    • Include your name, license plate number, vehicle identification number (VIN), and vehicle description.
    • Indicate the type of registration document you are requesting a replacement for.
    • Make sure you explain the circumstances of your replacement situation in the comments section.
  • Include payment for the appropriate replacement fee.
    • Duplicate registration: $2.
    • Duplicate registration and decal: $5
    • Duplicate license plate/decal: $5.
  • Include a copy of your previous vehicle registration document.
  • Submit your replacement application to any AK DMV location, or mail your application to:
    • State of Alaska
      Division of Motor Vehicles
      1300 W. Benson Blvd
      Anchorage, AK 99503

NOTE: Replacement license plates will typically need to be replaced in person at your local Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, unless you are outside of Alaska or there is no DMV office in your area.

For replacement personalized license plates, you'll need to visit an Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office to receive standard license plates while a new set of your personalized plates are made.

Reasons for Requesting a Replacement

Some common reasons for requesting replacement registration documents, registration tabs, and license plates include the items being:

  • Lost or stolen, in which case you should file a police report.
  • Incorrect. (You'll likely need to indicate the correction that is required.)
  • Damaged or mutilated. (You may need to submit the damaged registration item to the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) before you can get a replacement.)
  • Never received. (If you never received your new plates, tabs, or registration papers in the mail, you may need to request replacements).

If you have any questions, please Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office. BBB Business Review

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