State of Alaska

Department of Administration

Division Of Motor Vehicles

Alaska Department of Administration, Divison of Motor Vehicles
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Name Change due to Marriage / Divorce

In order to change the name of a vehicle owner or to add or remove an owner from your vehicle title, the original title must be submitted to DMV.   This type of transaction cannot be processed through the mail. This is treated the same as a vehicle sale even though one or more of the original owner's will still be listed on the title.  The entire portion of the title used for a sale must be completed in full and signed by both the buyer and seller.

If your original title is being held by a lienholder, please contact the lienholder for information on obtaining a new title. ALL titles issued with a lienholder have an additional fee of $15.00 to record or maintain the lienholder information.

To properly complete the reassignment section of the title, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

CHANGING FROM MAIDEN NAME TO MARRIED NAME.  No other change to name field.

Example:  Vehicle is currently titled in the name of Mary Ann Single.  Mary wants to change her name on her title to Mary Ann Married, after her recent marriage to John N. Married.

  • Mary would sign "Mary Ann Single" as the seller.
  • Buyer or Transferee would be listed as Mary A. Married.
  • Mary must complete an Application for Title and Registration with all of the information that will appear on the new title. 
  • The odometer reading is not required as there is not any change to the ownership of the vehicle.
  • In the Affidavit section of the application, Mary would write:   "Name change only due to marriage."
  • Title fee of $15.00 and any additional fees if the vehicle is not currently registered or if there is a lienholder.

    CHANGING FROM MAIDEN NAME TO MARRIED NAME AND ADDING A SPOUSE

Example:  Vehicle titled in the name of Mary Ann Single.   Mary wants to change her name on her title to Mary Ann Married and add her new husband, John N. Married, to the title. 

  • Mary would sign "Mary Ann Single" as the seller.
  • Buyer or Transferee would be listed as Mary A. or John N. Married.
  • Either John or Mary must complete an Application for Title and Registration with all of the information that will appear on the new title.
  • Title fee of $15.00 and any additional fees if the vehicle is not currently registered.  Add another $15.00 if there will be a lienholder on the new title.

REMOVING AN OWNER

Example:  Vehicle titled in the name of John Q. Public or Mary T. Public.  They would like to remove Mary T. Public from the title.

  • Either John or Mary would sign as the seller.  (If there is an "AND" conjunction, both John & Mary would need to sign off the title.  In place of Mary's signature, a certified copy of a court order awarding the vehicle to John is acceptable, provided it has the complete and correct serial number of the vehicle.)
  • Buyer would be listed as John Q. Public.
  • John must complete an Application for Title and Registration with all of the information that will appear on the new title.
  • Title fee of $15.00 and any additional fees if the vehicle is not currently registered.  Add another $15.00 if there will be a lienholder on the new title.

For additional information, please see the following:  VEHICLE SALE