Alaska Reconstructed Title
Reconstructed Title is an equivalent of the "rebuilt title" in Alaska. However, this type of title is assigned to a wider range of vehicles than just repairable total loss vehicles restored to an operable state and registered for use on public roads. The exact defintion states that the title is issued to a vehicle that has been materially altered from the original constructed vehicle by the substitution, removal or addition of essential parts and completely restored to operational, street legal condition. While the term "essential parts" applies to "chassis, body, and engine", replacing the engine alone does not require that a clean title be surrendered and replaced with a Reconstructed one.
AK vehicles requiring a Reconstructed Title in order to be driven legally also include homebuilt trailers (built by a person other than a trailer manufacturer)
The following documents should be submitted to the AK DMV:
- Application for Title and Registration (Form 812, available here: https://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/forms/pdfs/812.pdf)
- Reconstructed Vehicle Affidavit (Form 829, can be obtained here: https://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/forms/pdfs/829.pdf). The maximum penalty for making a false statement in this affidavit or omitting facts is $10,000 or 1 year imprisonment or both.
- Verification of Vehicle Inspection (Form 811) completed by the officer who carried out the inspection
- Proof of ownership, submitted together with other forms (bill of sale, receipts, invoices, previons titles) for both the vehicle and any parts or materials used in reconstruction, repair or replacement works.
- The original titles from all vehicles used to reconstruct the vehicle, unless they were Junk title vehicles (in this case parts belonging to one vehicle can be used to repair multiple vehicls)
- Lien releases or proof of lien release if a lien is registered on DMV records.
By submitting the affidavit (Form 829) your make a notarized statement or a statement signed in front of a DMV Representative that the vehicle is operational and all of the components listed below are in place and in operable condition:
- Safety/Seat Belts
- Wipers and Defroster
- Safety Glass
- Tail Lights
- Brake Lights
- License Plate Light
- Body Condition
- Turn Signals
- Energy Absorption Systems (Air Bags, Bumpers, etc.)
- Hazard Lights
- Foot Brake
- Emergency Parking Brake
- Anti-spray Devices
Pre-titling inspection done by a AK DMV representative or a law enforcement officer is mandatory. Please note that the inspecton is performed primarily in order to verify the VIN and the vehicle's identity. It's the owner's repsponsibility to fix the vehicle properly and the owner makes a statement about proper repairs done (to the best of their knowledge) in the Affidavit (Form 829).
Unlike in many other state, in Alaska one can drive the unregistered vehicle to the DMV facility for inspection if he oe she obtains a special one-way drive permit.