How to Renew a Car Registration in Alaska

The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recommends requesting your Alaska car registration renewal early to make sure it is completed before your current license plates expire. You will receive a renewal notice from the DMV approximately two months before your current registration expires. Depending on the way you choose to submit your renewal, the process can take up to six weeks. 

An AK tag renewal is required every two years. If your registration is expired for more than one year, you must complete the new car registration process instead of a renewal.

Certain senior Alaska motorists can avoid the stress of DMV registration renewal by applying for a permanent vehicle registration. Review the following sections to learn about the requirements and application process for permanent and regular registrations.

How to Renew Registration Online in Alaska

Motorists should renew registration online in Alaska whenever possible, as it is the DMV’s quickest and most efficient renewal method. Most Alaska motorists will be able to renew registration online with access to the internet via computer, mobile phone or other device.

They will also need a credit card for the fee payment. However, note that commercial vehicles cannot be renewed online in Alaska.

The process to renew your registration online includes visit the Alaska DMV’s online portal, inputting the information from your renewal notice and following the prompts to pay your license plate renewal fees and any applicable taxes. 

Your new registration card and stickers will be mailed to the address on file with the DMV. As such, if you have a change of address, you must notify the division.