How to Register a Boat in Alaska

Boating is a popular activity in Alaska, with its abundant waterways and stunning scenery. Before you can take your boat out on the water, however, you need to register it with the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). In this blog post, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to register a boat in Alaska.

Step 1: Gather the necessary documents

Before you can register your boat in Alaska, you need to have the following documents on hand:

•                 Bill of sale or manufacturer's statement of origin

•                 Valid photo identification, such as an Alaska driver's license or state-issued identification card

•                 Proof of ownership, such as a previous registration or title

•                 Payment for registration fees

•                 If registered previously, previous registration and title

Step 2: Complete the B1 registration and title application form

Once you have all the necessary documents, you need to complete the registration form. You can do this online or in-person at your local DMV office. The registration form will require you to provide the following information:

•                 Your personal information (name, address, phone number, etc.)

•                 Your boat's make, model, and year

•                 The length of your boat

•                 The type of boat (airboat, auxiliary sail, open motorboat, cabin motorboat, houseboat, inflatable boat, paddle craft, PWC, pontoon boat, row boat, sail only)

•                 The type of propulsion (air thrust, manual, propeller, sail, water jet)

•                 The primary use of your boat (pleasure, commercial, rental)

•                 The fuel type (gasoline, diesel, electric, none)

•                 The hull material of your boat (aluminum/metal, fiberglass/plastic, wood, rubber, vinyl, canvas)

•                 The hull identification number (HIN)

•                 If registered before, the previous registration number and previous state

Step 3: Pay the registration fee

The registration fee for your boat will depend on the type of boat you are registering.

•                 Powered boats: $24

•                 Non-powered boats: $10

•                 Barges: $75

Step 4: Display your registration numbers

Once you have completed the registration process and received your registration numbers, you need to display them on your boat. The registration numbers should be displayed on both sides of the bow of your boat, in a contrasting color to the background. The registration numbers must be at least three inches high and in a block style font.

Step 5: Renew your registration

Your boat registration is valid for three years and must be renewed every three years. You will receive a renewal notice in the mail approximately 60 days before your registration expires. You can renew your registration online, in-person at your local DMV office, or by mail.


In conclusion, registering your boat in Alaska is a straightforward process that requires a few documents, completing a registration form, paying the registration fee, and displaying your registration numbers. The DMV is available to help you through this process, so if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact them. Enjoy your time out on the water!