Alaska Department of Administration, Divison of Motor Vehicles
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Renew Vehicle Registration

Please begin the process early to assure that you have the new registration before the current registration expiration date. All registrations expire on the last day of the registration month.

About two months before your registration expires, we mail a pre-bill or mail-out registration application to your last known address.

How can I renew my registration?

You may renew your registration online, by mail, or at your local DMV office.


For instructions, please visit Online Renewal

By Mail

Please return the pre-bill, with both copies of the form signed and the fees paid, before the 5th of the month in which your registration will expire.

If you have not mailed it by the 5th, you may still mail it; however, you may not receive completed registration and tabs before your registration expires. Please consider renewing online or in-person.

Any address changes should be noted on both copies of the form.

In Person

Please bring either your last issued registration, a pre-bill form or complete a Vehicle Transaction Application (Form 821) to your local DMV office.

Please note: there is a $10.00 fee for renewing in person, unless your registration has been expired for over a year.


If you are active duty military stationed outside of Alaska, please visit: Military Renewal

If your registration is expired or due to expire within 30 days, email ALASKA DMV for procedures. Please provide your current mailing and residence addresses, along with the license plate number of the vehicle you wish to renew.

If you have traveled outside of Alaska and discover that your registration is due to expire soon, please visit: Renewing from Outside Alaska.

About Expiration Dates

Normally a vehicle is assigned an expiration date when the vehicle is first registered in Alaska and retains that month when ownership changes.

A vehicle that has been expired for less than a full year is charged the full biennial fee beginning with the month the registration expired, even if an individual has just purchased the vehicle and the previous owner let the vehicle expire, or the vehicle has been parked while it was expired.

The registration starts over when it has been expired for over an entire year or when the previous owner was exempt from registration fees (Senior Exemption, Disability Plates, etc.)