Alaska License Plate Information Summary
You'll get your Alaska license plates when you register your vehicle. Your dealership, if you buy it there, can get you permanent plates. They may also give you temporary plates and ask you to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get your plates yourself. Should you move out of state, you must surrender your Alaska license plates. If they are stolen or damaged, you can apply for new license plates.
Alaska License Plates Offered
Alaska offers four types of license plates.
- A yellow plate
- A plate with mountains in the background
- Vanity (personalized) plates
- Disability plates
Whatever you choose, you'll get two plates - one for the front and one for the back of your vehicle. The exception is if your vehicle is a motorcycle, in which case you'll just get one for the back.
You will also get a month-and-year sticker that you will have to put on the license plates themselves.
When You Need To Get Alaska License Plates
You have to get an Alaska license plate within 30 days of buying a vehicle, or within 10 days of moving into Alaska.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
To keep your Alaska license plates up to date, simply renew your license when it is due. You'll get new month-and-year stickers to put on your plates.
If Your Alaska License Plates Are Stolen
Should your license plates be stolen or damaged, you need to get them replaced. You can do so by mail or in person at the DMV. Replacement plates will cost you $5, and the tags another $5.
You'll need a check made out to "State of Alaska”, and include your registration information and the certificate for your registration sticker.
If there is a DMV in your area, it is strongly advised that you go there rather than waiting for the mail to arrive.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You have the ability to transfer your vanity or disability plates to a new vehicle you purchase. A standard plate, however, must stay with the vehicle when you sell it.
If you get a vanity license plate, you must surrender your current plates to the DMV after the sale.
Alaska License Plate Costs
As noted above, fees for replacement plates and stickers are $5 each.
When you get your initial plates, however, there will be additional costs depending on what type of vehicle you have.
For passenger vehicles and trucks weighing less than 10,000 pounds, this fee is $100.
For motorcycles, the fee is $60; for trailers, $30.
If you have a leased vehicle, it will be $180 for smaller vehicles and $268 if it weighs more than 5,000 pounds.