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How to Handle a Change of Address in Alaska

If you are an Alaska resident and have changed addresses or plan to do so in the near future, you must have the address information updated on your license, vehicle registration, and title certificate separately as the files are not linked. You are also required to notify your insurance provider of your new address.

REPORTING A CHANGE OF ADDRESS TO THE DRIVER LICENSE DIVISION

You must notify the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles of a change in address within 15 days of moving to a new residence, and to obtain a replacement driver license. Reporting a change of address to your local Division of Motor Vehicles office is simple, and can be done in person, via mail, telephone, or online. If you are a commercial license holder, apply in person at your local driver license office. Files in Alaska are not linked, so the address change in your registration for car, boat, and other vehicles needs to be done separately.

Reporting an address change in person:

  1. Locate the Division of Motor Vehicles office nearest you. Middle of the month, middle of the week, and afternoon are the best times to go to the DMV.
  2. Bring your current license plate, the last two digits of all your vehicles (boat, snow machine, trailer, passenger vehicle, etc.) along with your printed name and signed form for address change.
  3. There is no fee to change your address.
  4. No notification stating the updated address will be sent to you.
  5. You will be provided with a change of address sticker, which must be affixed to the back of your license. For your vehicle documents, you must score out the old address and write the new one in the space available.
  6. If you want a new license issued with your current license, you can renew it.

Reporting an address change by mail:

  1. Complete the change of address form and mail it to the following address:
    State of Alaska
    Division of Motor Vehicles
    ATTN:  Change of Address
    P.O. Box 110221
    Juneau, AK 99811-0221    
  2. There is no fee to change the address.
  3. An update notification will not be sent to you. For your vehicle documents, cross out the previous address and write your new address in the same space. For a driver license, paste an address label without covering other important information and write the new address on it.

Reporting an address change via the Internet:

  1. You can report a change of address for vehicle registration only online by visiting the DMV's Online Registration Address Change page and following the instructions carefully.
  2. A change of address should be notified at least 4 months before the renewal is due for you to receive your renewal notice at the new address. If this is not possible, you may have to visit the local DMV.
  3. There is no fee involved for change of address.

ADDRESS CHANGE ON YOUR VEHICLE TITLE AND REGISTRATION

  1. You must notify your local Division of Motor Vehicles office of a change of address and have this information updated on your Alaska Vehicle Title and Registration certificate. This must be done within 15 days of moving to a new address, since this will allow you to receive your renewal notice and any other correspondence in a timely fashion.
  2. You can either report the change of address in person by visiting your local Division of Motor Vehicles office, or via mail, and your records will be updated at no charge. You can also choose to report the change of address online.

NOTIFYING YOUR INSURANCE SERVICE PROVIDER OF AN ADDRESS CHANGE

  1. You must also notify your insurance provider of your change of address, so that you receive timely information regarding due dates for payments, renewals, and other communication.
  2. To save time and money, some Alaska drivers who change addresses choose to obtain a free quote for new auto insurance instead of changing the address with their current insurance provider. Not only does this save the hassle of contacting and notifying the current insurance company, but it could potentially save hundreds of dollars by identifying companies that offer lower rates and/or better coverage.

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