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A quick Alaska license plate lookup can help you find comprehensive information about the vehicle, including history, condition and more. 

LookupAPlate vehicle license plate report may include the following:

  • Title, sales and lien records
  • Ownership History
  • Current and past owners (only for valid DPPA requests)
  • Vehicle Specifications
  • Theft, accident & salvage records
  • Recalls & Warranties
  • Market Value
  • Service History
  • Odometer History

Why Do Users Search For A License Plate? 

Users search for license plates for various reasons. One common scenario is when purchasing a used vehicle, especially when the VIN is unavailable. In such cases, a license plate lookup can reveal the vehicle's history and provide valuable insights.

Users may also perform license plate searches to identify the owner of a vehicle or track errant driver. In situations like dealing with illegal parking, encountering suspicious vehicles, or road rage incidents, the ability to access this information can be helpful. However, it's important to note that accessing personal details through such searches must comply with DPPA regulations.

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How To Search A License Plate in Alaska?

Alaska DMV: To request vehicle information, fill out form 851 and submit it to the State of Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles.

Include the license plate number, reason for the request, and contact info. Expect a 4-week processing time and a $10 fee. Reports can be received via email or mail.

The form needs to be sent to the following address:

3901 Old Seward Highway,
Ste 101 Anchorage,
AK 99503

Email: [email protected]

Fax: (907) 269-5202

Accessing personal information must comply with DPPA regulations. Authorized entities like law enforcement, government agencies, licensed private investigators, towing companies, and insurance firms can request such information.

LookupAPlate: If you're after a quick and completely online way to search license plates, we can help! Just input the license plate into the search box, choose Alaska as the state, and click search. Within seconds, access vehicle specifications and history. Additionally, if you adhere to DPPA regulations, you can request ownership details from our trusted data partner.

Here are the step-by-step instructions:

Alaska License Plate Information

What is an Alaska license plate?

An Alaska license plate is a unique identifier allocated by the DMV for each vehicle registered in the state (AK Stat § 28.10.161) upon registration. The license plate number be visibly displayed on the rear of the vehicle along with the validation sticker. The license plate must also be readable and unobstructed at all times.

How To identify an Alaska license plate?

Identifying an Alaska license plate can be tricky amidst the popularity of personalized plates. The custom designs and text on personalized plates can obscure the state of registration.

Standard Alaskan plates, measuring 12"x6" like most states, feature a golden background adorned with the state flag. "Alaska" is displayed at the top, while "The Last Frontier" graces the bottom. The plate number is embossed in the middle in blue colour. In Alaska, plates are required to be displayed only on the rear of the vehicle.

The license number in Alaska follows a format: three letters followed by three numbers (ABC 123). This series was introduced by the Alaska Department of Administration, Division of Motor Vehicles, in January 2010.

Alaska license plate types:

In addition to standard license plates, Alaska offers various vanity plate options, including those for disabled veterans, Air Force members, and others.

Standard plates:

  • Standard gold
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Supporting the art

Personalized/Vanity License Plates

  • Mountain
  • Caribou

Supporting the cause:

  • Alaska Children's Trust, Blood Bank of Alaska, Breast Cancer Awareness, Choose Life, National Rifle Association, Pro-Family, Pro-Choice, Support Our Troops, Veterans Commemorative

More information on personalized plates can be found here: https://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/plates/index.htm.

Applying for license plates in Alaska?

Whether buying a new or second-hand car, you must register it with the Alaska DMV.

  • New Alaska residents have ten days to title and register their out-of-state vehicles once they have residency or have started a job.
  • Alaska residents must register their vehicle (old or new) within 30 days of sale.

Most of the time, the dealer will take care of the paperwork, but if you're bringing an out-of-state car, you must handle the registration process yourself.

If the DMV office is within 50 miles, the registration process can be done over mail, but if it is more than 50 miles, you will need to visit the office in person.

You will need the following:

  • Vehicle's title and registration
  • Fill out form 812 (Application for Title & Registration)
  • Proof of insurance
  • VIN inspection is to be done by an authorized DMV inspector
  • Required fees

The documents need to be mailed to:

State of Alaska
Division of Motor Vehicles
3901 Old Seward Highway, Suite 101
Anchorage, AK 99503

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