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When many people think of Alaska, they think of snow, ice, and extremely frigid temperatures. However, this extreme northern state is also home to some of the most stunning expanses of wilderness in the country as well as a diverse population that includes indigenous townsfolk and transplants that wouldn’t choose to live anywhere else. Tourism is big business here and many that visit wants to see the entire state, which means personal transportation is key for those traveling. This, in turn, makes Alaska auto transport a much-needed option for those planning to visit the state.

Cost & Time To Ship Your Car Examples

Shipping To/FromCostDistanceEstimated Time In Transit
Anchorage to Seattle WA$11302261 miles6 – 8 days
Portland OR to Anchorage$12172434 miles7 – 9 days
Alaska to California$12703176 miles7 – 9 days
Las Vegas NV to Anchorage$13463364 miles7 – 9 days
Illinois to Alaska$14363589 miles7 – 9 days
Alaska to Houston TX$16384096 miles7 – 9 days
New York NY to Alaska$17354337 miles7 – 9 days
Alaska to Miami FL$19794924 miles7 – 9 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and what type of vehicle you are shipping.

Tips For Using Alaska Vehicle Transport Companies

Since many people use their vehicles to tour this state, there are several options to keep in mind when it comes to Alaska car transport.

  • Plan your travel itinerary ahead of time: This allows you to have a clear idea of where you might be headed, so that when you schedule your Alaska auto shipping, you can choose the locations from which you plan to start on your adventures with the trucks (enclosed or open air trailers) and licensed drivers you want. You don’t want to pick up your vehicle hundreds of miles away from where you plan to start your sightseeing excursions, if you don’t have to.
  • Make sure your Alaska automobile shipping company of choice ships to Alaska: No, it’s not the edge of the world, but many parts of the state are fairly remote. So, when you consider Alaska auto transport, make sure that the company you are interested in using can ship to the city destination of your choice before planning out the rest of your trip. Check reviews of the company you are considering shipping with – the internet online is always a great place to start. Make sure they have the required amount of insurance for your shipments at the pricing which fits into your budget. Ask for seasonal discounts and specials.
  • Prep your car ahead of time: Alaska vehicle shipping involves taking your car through some fairly cold conditions if you are shipping in one of the cooler months. Make sure your car is not only prepared ahead of time for transport through colder climates, but also make sure that it is ready for you to drive through rather inclement weather if you are traveling at a time of year when the state is seeing regular snowfall.

Alaska car shipping allows you the opportunity to see all that this beautiful northern locale has to offer without incurring the expense and downright inconvenience of renting a vehicle. Spend the time in the car in which you are familiar seeing the sights without having to learn to navigate an entirely different vehicle through what can sometimes be challenging terrain. This is part of what makes Alaska automobile transportation one of your best options if you plan to travel to the state in the near future.

Visit the Travel Alaska Department of Transportation website for more information on transporting your automobile.

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Alaska Auto Transport Companies Directory

Alaska Marine Lines

This barge company offers auto, motorcycle, and boat transport to various ports, including bi-weekly service to Juneau specifically. This company is fairly diverse, offering a vast array of transport options for those that need to get large items transported to the Juneau area.

100 Mt. Roberts Street, Juneau, AK 99801


Alaska Marine Lines

Northland Services

Situated in Juneau, this is another option for those that need auto transport in and out of Juneau. This company has a number of docking options around the state, making it ideal for travelers that may end up any number of places in the state.

6700 W. Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106


*On November 1, 2013, Northland joined the Lynden family of companies and is now a service of Alaska Marine Lines.

Totem Ocean Trailer Express

Shipping in and out of the state, this is a good choice if you need an Alaska car transport company that can offer service around the state and in the Washington state area as well.

2511 Tidewater, Anchorage, AK 99501


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Northern Air Cargo

The beauty of this Alaska auto transport company is that it can get your car out of Anchorage and to any point in Alaska with an air strip of at least 3,500 feet.

3900 Old International Airport Road, Anchorage, AK 99502


Northern Air Cargo

Alaska Auto Transport

Serving the entire state, and beyond, the company has all of the necessary tools to get your vehicle to any points of interest in the state.

4600 Gambell Street, Anchorage, AK 99503-7408


Alaska Auto Transport

Wrightway Auto Carriers

This auto transport organization has served the state for roughly 60 years and can ship vehicles in and out of the state. In fact, Wrightway has terminals designated around the state for ease of access for customers needing to get their vehicles shipped.

904 Aurora Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99709


Wrightway Auto Carriers

Car Registration Procedure in Alaska

The DMV requires Alaskan residents to register and title their vehicles, which you can accomplish via mail, if certain pre-requisites are met, or in person. Based on the vehicle type, car registration may involve a fee and may not be completed by phone or online.

New Alaska Residents

Note: You can register via mail if an Alaska DMV location is more than fifty miles from your place of residence. If not, you must complete the registration in person. Please refer to Remote Areas below.

New residents must title and register their cars at the AK DMV office in person. You must complete this within ten days of employment or when starting your residency in Alaska.

Using an updated out-of-state vehicle registration, visitors to Alaska are permitted to drive their cars for a maximum of sixty days.

At your local AK DMV office, follow these steps to title and register your vehicle:

  • Submit your car title.
    • Present a copy of the title if your vehicle has a lien on it and is currently on hold offshore.
  • DMV issuance of registration is only provided for cars with titles outside of AK.
  • Prepare Form 812 (Title and Registration Application)
  • If you’re confirming on the vehicle owner’s behalf, or if your car is leased, present a notarized POA (Power of Attorney)
  • Have a DMV-authorized inspector perform an inspection on your VIN.
  • Submit titling/registration payments for taxes and fees.
    • Refer to AK Registration Penalties and Fees below.

Vehicle Registration in Alaska

You must register and title your vehicle at the Alaska DMV office in person within thirty days of purchase. Alaska car titles cannot be requested for via mail.

Starting 15th of January 2014, residents who have a disability and/or are over sixty-five years old will be provided with permanent license plate tabs/stickers for their car registration.

Dealer-bought vehicles: After purchasing a car from a dealer in Alaska, he usually submits the registration/titling documents to the Alaska DMV office.

If your dealer is out of state or does not volunteer to put the documents forward, you need to visit the DMV office in your area and:

  • Complete Form 812 (Title and Registration Application);
  • Submit a signed vehicle title or Manufacturer’s Affidavit of Origin;
  • If required, present your VIN to a DMV-authorized inspector for inspection;
  • Settle payment for relevant titling/registration taxes and fees.

For additional information, see Alaska Registration Penalties and Fees. For transfers of license plates, below is the section for Transferring License Plates in Alaska for additional information.

Private Seller-Bought Vehicles

If a private seller sold you the vehicle, he must endorse the title and sign it over to you prior to titling and registration.

Once ready, you must submit the following to your nearest DMV office:

  • An accomplished Form 812 (Title and Registration Application);
  • Your signed/endorsed title;
  • If required, present the following:
    • A certified POA,
    • An odometer acknowledgement statement,
    • A release of claim/lien;
  • The preceding registration;
  • A DMV-authorized inspection of your VIN;
  • Payment for any relevant vehicle titling and registration fees;

Remote Areas

If you’re an Alaskan resident and an Alaska DMV location is more than fifty miles from your place of residence, you can mail your Alaska vehicle registration documents.

NOTE:  The AK DMV office will return your documents if they are determined to have been mailed from a location with a nearby DMV office. You will need to accomplish in person the vehicle titling/registration to your nearest Alaska DMV location.

To mail in your car registration documents, you must include:

  • A Form 812 (Title and Registration Application);
  • Proof of Purchase, such as:
    • Manufacturer’s origin, for dealer-bought vehicles,
    • Undersigned title, if sold by a private seller;
  • Prior registration;
  • If needed, the documents below:
    • An odometer acknowledgement statement.
    • Information on lien holder;
  • A DMV-authorized inspection of your VIN;
  • Payment for any relevant vehicle registration and titling fees.

For detailed fee information, refer to AK Registration Penalties and Fees.

Transferring License Plates in Alaska

Procedures to follow when transferring an AK car license plate from a car you own currently to a recently bought vehicle:

  • A completed Form 812 (Title and Registration Application);
    • Request for a license plate transfer in the affirmation or affidavit section;
  • Provide the license plate number;
  • Include the vehicle’s registration documents or present a letter that has the car description and serial number;
  • If applicable, submit a $5 payment fee with a money order or personalized check.

Note: Installation of the plate must be done only after you have completed the new vehicle’s tabs and plate registration.

Vehicle Registration for Non-Residents and Military Personnel

Whether stationed out-of-state or in Alaska, several vehicle registration options are available for Alaska military members depending on station location.

AK military members in active duty: If you’re an Alaskan resident and stationed within the state, follow the steps presented above for Vehicle Registration.

Aside from the documents listed above, present the following documents when transporting and registering an offshore automobile into Alaska.

  • An up-to-date Statement of Earnings and Leave with Alaska stated as your origin of record;
  • For vehicles shipped from outside of the US, present Military shipping documentations.

Military members stationed outside Alaska: If you’re a member of the military and an Alaskan resident serving outside of the state, you may title and register a vehicle you have purchased while on duty within the state you’re currently stationed. Upon your return, you are required to complete the registration and title transfer to Alaska.

You have the option to send your registration and the title paperwork of your new vehicle via mail to the Alaska DMV office. Aside from following instructions in the Remote Areas section above, provide the following additional documents:

  • An up-to-date Statement of Earnings and Leave with Alaska stated as your origin of record;
  • For vehicles shipped from outside of the US, present the Military shipping documentation;
  • Your present address where your title, car registration documents, and license plates will be mailed;
    • Make sure to have your address updated with the Alaska DMV to continue receiving renewal notifications of your registration.

The application process will take approximately eight weeks to be completed.

Note:  The AK DMV requires no proof of emissions testing if you give an address outside of Alaska. You must, however, fulfil the test requirements in the state where you’re currently stationed.

Alaska military members who are non-residents: As a military non-resident of AK, if you’re stationed in the state and if you own a vehicle registered outside of AK, you must first register it in your own state before you can legally drive it in Alaska.

The section New Alaska Residents above outlines the instructions you need to take for vehicle registration. A completed Form 828 (Military Affidavit) is also required to obtain registration fees or tax exemptions for every individual vehicle.

Vehicle Registration penalties and Fees in Alaska

In Alaska, vehicle registration fees differ by type of vehicle:

  • $100: Passenger vehicle,
  • $100: truck or van 10,000 lbs or less,
  • $60: Motorcycle,
  • $5: Transfer of Plates,
  • $15: Applicable title fee,
  • $15: Recording of lien,
  • $15: Copy of Title,
  • $2: Copy of registration,
  • $5: License Plate duplicates.

Important note:  The MVRT is assessed in certain boroughs and municipalities. For a comprehensive index of registration penalties and fees, visit AK DMV’s page. MVRT and registration fee exemptions are extended to residents and veterans with disabilities.

Starting with the 15th of January 2014, residents who have a disability and/or are over sixty-five years old will be provided with permanent license plate tabs/stickers for their car registration.

Refunds for AK registration: Your registration fees may be refunded if, after having left Alaska, you’ve completed a vehicle registration in your current or new state prior to the start of your last Alaska registration period. Along with your AK vehicle tabs, you have to complete Form 853 (Client Refund Request) and send it to the mailing address provided in the form.

Other Alaska Resources –  official government website.

Alaska Wikipedia Page  – everything you need to know about the state.

Alaska Marine Highway System – official site of the State Ferry. – travel, jobs, homes, fishing, hiking and more….

Alaska On Craigslist – local classifieds and forums for jobs, housing, for sale, personals, services, local community, and events.

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Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

Reviews from Customers in Alaska

  • Last year I wanted to ship my car to Alaska. I researched several companies online and got more and more discouraged after reading the reviews. It seemed I had to expect the worse, and I was getting a bit paranoid.

    Thank God I found A1 Auto Transport. Many of its reviews praised the team’s responsiveness and speed. I didn’t want to waste time pointlessly, so this caught my attention.

    I got quotes from several companies, but went with A1 in the end. It was a pleasure to work with Joe. He kept his word, answered all my questions, got a truck at my door the next day, and updated me on my car’s status throughout the process. He was very professional. Any questions I had, he answered them fully. This really helped clear the fog in my head.

    The company was attentive to weather and road conditions, so my vehicle arrived in Alaska on time and intact. They had to make a small detour at one point due to an accident up ahead. They informed immediately. Even so, the car still arrived at the expected time.

    - Paul M.
  • I wish I’d known about A1 Auto Transport a year ago when my sister and her fam had to move to Alaska. They tried to get their cars transported, only to get ripped off by some other car relocation company that left her Cruze in a mess and charged her exorbitantly.

    You won’t run into any of those hassles with A1 Auto Transport, thank god. And the people who helped me all the way… I hope their whole team and their higher ups are all reading this review, so they can know how wonderful the service I got from them was. Very reliable people. They quoted me a reasonable price. And for such awesome customer service, I’d be glad to pay these guys more just for existing.

    - Amanda S.

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