ATVs, Snowmachines & Other Off-Highway VehiclesATVs, UTVs, dirt bikes, moose-buggies, snowmachines and other off-highway vehicles may be registered but are not titled. If these vehicles are driven on public property, they are required to be registered with the DMV.
Snow Machine, ATV and Off-Highway Vehicle Registration FeesYou may register your vehicle for up to two, four or six years from date of initial registration. Registration periods run from the date of initial registration to September 30th of the second, fourth, or sixth year. Registration fees are as follows:
- $10.00 - Two years
- $20.00 - Four years
- $30.00 - Six years
Snow Machine and ATV DecalsYou will receive a decal when you first register your vehicle. This decal number becomes the affixed registration number for the vehicle, and you will also get a tab each registration period that shows the decals to be valid. The decal may not cover the serial number and must be placed on the side of the tunnel so that they are clearly visible when the driver and passenger, if applicable, are seated in the normal riding position.
How to Register a New Vehicle for Off-Highway UseTo register, go to your local DMV Office and submit:
- a bill of sale, a copy of a warranty card, or a purchase order from the dealer
- Title & Registration Application
How to Register a Used Vehicle for Off-Highway UseWhen receiving a used snow machine, ATV or other off-highway vehicle, you must submit a Title & Registration Applicationand an affidavit stating from whom and when the snow vehicle or ATV was purchased, or how the vehicle was acquired.
Registration Requirements for Alaska Motor Vehicle DealersThe DMV requires the following documents in addition to an application and fees in order to register a snow machine or ATV in your customer's name:
- Photocopy or original bill of sale or purchase agreement OR
- Photocopy of the transferred vehicle MCO or title OR
- Notarized affidavit of ownership
*NEW* ALL-PURPOSE VEHICLES *NEW*Beginning January 1, 2022, you must title and register your APV if you intend to operate it on a public road or highway in a community that has not prohibited its use.
What is an APV?An APV is an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) that is used on public roads or highways with a speed limit of 45 mph or less in a community that has not prohibited its use. APVs must conform to all of Alaska’s motor vehicle safety standards and be properly insured, registered, and titled.
Requirements to Operate an APV in AlaskaTo legally operate an APV in Alaska, the operator must:
- Hold a valid license of Class D, or higher
- Follow standard motor vehicle titling and registration procedures
- Carry proof of liability insurance
- Operate the APV in a community that allows for APV use on a public road or highway
- Drive APV on roads or highways with a speed limit of 45 mph or less
- Equip APV with all required safety equipment, including:
- Lights and reflectors
- Muffler and emission control system
- Require passengers to wear a helmet
- Use seat belts, if APV is equipped with them
How to Title and Register APV
- Complete Title & Registration Application
- Make the statement "Vehicle used as an APV" in the affidavit section of the application
- Provide the properly assigned manufacturer’s certificate of origin or title proving ownership, or lienholder title being held by another state
- If none of these options are available to you, and no previous Alaska title has been issued, you may apply for an NTI (see below for more information on the NTI process)
- If a title cannot be properly released a surety bond process may be available
“No Title Issued (NTI)” or Registration OnlyIf ownership documents for the APV cannot be presented, or ownership cannot otherwise be established, an APV title will not be issued. Instead, DMV may issue a registration marked “No Title Issued" (NTI). If, after two years, the “No Title Issued” registration remains uncontested and there is no undisclosed security interest in the APV, a certificate of title may be issued.
APV Registration Requirements for Alaska Motor Vehicle DealersThe DMV requires the following documents in addition to fees in order to register an APV in your customer's name:
- Original MCO or Title properly released
- Completed Title & Registration Application with the statement “Vehicle will be used as an APV” in the affidavit section
- Original or certified copies of powers of attorney used in the reassignment of the MCO or Title
Frequently Asked Questions about APVs
- Can I take a road skills test in an APV?
Answer: No. DMV requires road tests be conducted in vehicles that meet the Federal Highway Safety Standards.
- Can DMV issue a title to a minor if they own an APV?
Answer: No. Alaska Statute 28.10.310 prohibits the transfer of a vehicle to a non-emancipated minor.
- Does an APV qualify for exemptions such as the “P” and “Z” tabs?
Answer: Yes, motor vehicle registration exemptions apply to APVs.
- Can a handicap placard be issued for an APV?
Answer: Yes. Handicap placards are issued to all vehicles.
- Can I get a personalized plate for an APV?
Answer: Yes. The size will be similar to what is issued for motorcycles.
- If I title and register my ATV as an APV, can I switch to off-highway registration in the future?
Answer: No. Once a vehicle is titled, it must remain so until the vehicle is dismantled or wrecked.
- Can I use a bill of sale or dealer assignment paperwork to transfer a title?
Answer: No. DMV requires a properly assigned MCO or title to prove ownership.
- Where can't I drive an APV on public roadways?
Answer: APV operators should always verify the local laws in the community that they intend to operate their APV. As of January 1, 2022, DMV is aware of the following communities prohibiting the use of APVs on their roadways: