Applying for a copy of a vehicle registration in Alaska is a necessary step for vehicle owners who have recently lost their registration certificates. Failing to replace a stolen, damaged or lost car registration on time may lead negative consequences. For instance, if you are stopped by a law enforcement official and you are unable to provide your car registration when asked to do so, you may be issued a traffic ticket.

To complete the process to replace car registration in AK, you will have to submit an official request with the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of the state Department of Administration (DOA). You can easily replace your vehicle documents in person at a nearby DMV office. The division also offers an online replacement option through its official website. Motorists who are unable to make an office visit and do not have internet access may also be allowed to mail in their requests.

When do you need to get a copy of your vehicle registration in Alaska?

Replacing a DMV lost registration in Alaska is the most common reason of applying for a duplicate registration card. However, you will also have to get a DMV copy of a registration under other circumstances. For example, if your vehicle documents were stolen, you are encouraged to file a report with the authorities and apply for a replacement card as soon as possible.

You will need a DMV registration replacement in AK if you damage or destroy your registration certificate, since you must carry a legible registration card when operating your vehicle. You will also have to get a replacement vehicle registration if you were issued documents with errors on them or your registration paperwork was lost in the mail.

How to Obtain a Replacement Vehicle Registration in Alaska

To replace a lost, damaged or stolen car registration in Alaska, you will be able to utilize several application methods, depending on your circumstances. For example, you can always submit your lost vehicle registration request in person through a nearby licensing site. You can also utilize the DMV online services to submit an online application from the comfort of your home. If you are unable to make an office visit or use the internet, you may also be able to submit a mail-in request.

How to Replace a Vehicle Registration Online

The most convenient method to replace your car registration in Alaska is submitting an online request via the DMV Online Duplicate Registration service, accessible through the official DMV website. To apply for a car registration replacement online, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the DMV website and access the Online Duplicate Registration service.
  2. Log onto the system with your Registration Renewal Number (RRN) or your license plate and vehicle identification number.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions and provide the necessary information regarding your vehicle and your personal data.
  4. Choose whether to replace your registration card only or your plate and/or tab as well.
  5. Pay the applicable fee for an AK DMV duplicate registration.

Once the state DMV processes your application for a copy of car registration, you will most likely receive your replacement documents at your recorded address.

How to Replace a Vehicle Registration by Mail

Applying for an Alaska DMV registration replacement by mail is an option that can only be utilized by motorists living in remote areas of the state without immediate access to a DMV office. To replace your vehicle registration by mail, fill out the Vehicle Transaction Application (Form 812) and mail it along with the appropriate fee payment to the following address:

State of Alaska DMV
1300 W Benson Boulevard, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99503
Attention: Correspondence

Apart from using Form 812 to apply for an AK DMV copy of registration, you can also write a letter containing your plate number, vehicle identification number and vehicle make and model. Once the state DMV receives your mail-in request, it will send you your replacement documents through the mail.

Note: Alaska residents temporarily living in another state can also use the above mail-in application option.

How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Person

If you are unable to get a copy of car registration in Alaska via one of the above methods, you can always submit an in-person request through a nearby DMV site. To replace a car registration in person, submit one of the following:

  • A copy of your registration card
  • A filled out Form 812
  • Your plate number, vehicle identification number and vehicle make and model

After paying the replacement vehicle registration fee, the state DMV will issue you duplicate vehicle documents during the same office visit.

Alaska Stolen Car Registration Requirements

Reporting a stolen vehicle registration in Alaska to law enforcement officials is not a requirement for obtaining a duplicate registration card. While the state DMV will still issue you a duplicate vehicle registration without a copy of a police report, you are still encouraged to file one to reduce the risk of identity theft. You can then retain a copy of the incident report and use it as a proof that your registration was stolen, if and when it is necessary.

Alaska DMV Sticker Replacement

To get a DMV sticker replacement in Alaska, you can utilize one of the above application methods. The DMV allows you to replace a lost car registration sticker with the standard Form 812. You have the option of replacing all of your registration documents with a single request, including your registration card, license plates and lost tab. To indicate that you would like to replace your DMV sticker and/or license plate, you will have to mark the corresponding box on the 812 form.

Alaska Vehicle Registration Replacement Fees

To finalize the application process for an Alaska DMV copy of registration, you will need to pay the fees. The following list outlines the current costs to replace your car registration:

  • $2 fee for a duplicate registration card
  • $5 for a year license tab only
  • $5 for a standard license plate with an added tab

Note: The acceptable forms of payment may vary depending on your application method. For example, if you are replacing a car registration in AK by mail, you will be required to enclose a check or money order in the correct amount.

Last updated on Monday, March 9 2020.