Alaska Department of Administration, Divison of Motor Vehicles
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Your DMV Is Different

Director

Amy Erickson

Whether online, in line, or by mail, your DMV is faster, friendlier, and more accessible than ever before. From Anchorage to Yakutat, our operations are modern and innovative.

DMV serves most of the Alaska population over 16 years old by testing and issuing licenses to qualified drivers statewide. We also issue state identification cards for all ages.

DMV provides proof of vehicle ownership by issuing titles for motor vehicles, manufactured homes, and trailers; and registers motor vehicles, trailers, snow-machines, boats, and all-terrain vehicles.

DMV also administers the state’s commercial driver licensing and driver improvement programs, carries out the safety responsibility law, collects motor vehicle registration taxes, and maintains driver records.

Your DMV takes pride in its work. We are customer focused and always looking for ways to improve our services.

The Grizzly Bear Returns

 A change to Alaska law now gives Alaskans a choice of standard issue license plates. In spring 2015, you may choose between the current yellow and blue “The Last Frontier” license plate, or a grizzly bear plate modeled after the 1976 bicentennial design.

Permanent Registration for Trailers and Older Vehicles

If you live in an unorganized borough or an organized borough that passes an ordinance to participate, you may be eligible for permanent registration for your noncommercial trailer or 8 year-old or older vehicle beginning January 2015.

Road Test Waiver for Alaska’s Veterans

In recognition of the driving skills honed during military service, DMV now offers qualified veterans a waiver from the CDL road skills test.

New License New Process

Alaska’s license has a new look and a new issuance process. When you obtain a new card you will receive a temporary license or ID card over the counter that is valid for 60 days. The new, permanent card will be mailed to you and should arrive in approximately two weeks.

All of the newly designed cards include numerous security features to protect your identity and reduce fraud. Features include a newly designed mountain scene, a clear window in the shape of the state of Alaska, a ghost image of your photograph, a fine line pattern much like is seen on currency, and a snowflake laminate with a state seal hologram. It’s authentically Alaskan.

About CDL Medical Card Requirements

New federal requirement for commercial driver license medical cards took effect May 21, 2014, and require that your medical examination be completed by an examiner on the National Registry.

You do not need to obtain a new medical card.

This requirement applies to drivers obtaining a new medical card after May 21, 2014. Your existing medical information is still valid through the expiration date DMV has on file.

To see if your medical provider has been certified, please visit the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website.

Permanent Registration Tab for Seniors and Disabled

DMV now issues a permanent registration tab for applicants 65 years or older or anyone with a disability who is entitled to one free noncommercial vehicle registration.

The permanent tab is orange-red in color with a large “P” in place of the 2-digit year, and should be placed in the upper right corner of the rear license plate. Vehicle registrations will reflect the permanent status.