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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.

What does this mean?

If eligible, and your registration expires January 31, 2015, or later, you can pay a one-time $25 permanent registration fee along with registration fees and motor vehicle registration taxes. At that time you will be issued a permanent “Z” tab and will not have to renew your registration again.

What if let my registration expire so I can permanently register my vehicle in January?

The effective date of this bill is January 1, 2015, so only vehicles with registrations expiring January 31, 2015, or later are eligible for permanent registration. If your registration expired in October 2014 and you want to wait until January to permanently register your vehicle, you will not be allowed because the law was not in effect when your registration expired. Instead, you will be required to renew your biennial registration for another cycle because the option for a permanent registration did not exist at the time your registration expired.

What if I buy a vehicle with a permanent registration?

If you purchase a vehicle with a permanent tab, you must pay full registration fees and motor vehicle registration taxes (if applicable). If you wish to permanently register the vehicle you must also pay an additional $25.

What if I sell a vehicle with a permanent registration?

If you sell a vehicle with a permanent tab, the new owner may elect to permanently register the vehicle by paying $25, full registration fees, and motor vehicle registration taxes (if applicable).

Can I permanently register my vehicle online?

No. You must apply for permanent registration in person. Find your nearest DMV here.

What communities are eligible?

Anyone who lives in an unorganized borough or in a borough that has enacted an ordinance allowing permanent registration.
Boroughs that have enacted these ordinances:
    Yakutat
    The City of Nenana
    Denali Borough
    Matsu Borough
    Fairbanks North Star Borough
    City of Valdez
    Municipality of Anchorage has elected to participate for non-commercial trailers only.
    Effective July 1st, 2017, The Kenai Peninsula Borough will be eligible.

    For a complete list of currently eligible towns see our list.

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