Vehicles owned by the state, a municipality or a borough government and vehicles seized by a municipal, state or federal law enforcement agency may be sold at public auction, the purchaser of these vehicles must obtain an Alaska title in their name before the vehicles may be resold.
In order to obtain a title for a vehicle which was owned by the State, a municipality or a borough, the purchaser must submit the following documents:
In order to obtain title for a vehicle under a court order or seizure, the purchaser must submit the following documents:
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may seize vehicles when a registered owner fails to pay taxes. These vehicles are sold to the public with a Certificate of Sale of Seized Property, U.S. Government Form 2435. When these vehicles are sold, the IRS is only selling the taxpayer's rights to the vehicle. If there is a co-owner not affected by the seizure, and the conjunction "and" appears between the names, then the title released by the co-owner must be submitted with the buyer's Application for Title and Registration. If there is a lienholder, a lien release must also be presented. If the vehicle is less than ten years in age, the odometer reading, at time of sale is also required.
Vehicle ownership may be transferred by a court order. A court order is usually the result of, but not limited to the following:
In the case of an involuntary transfer, the court order may be accepted in place of a vehicle title. If the title is available, it should be turned in to the Division of Motor Vehicles. In a case where the title has not been released or has been improperly released, the court order must accompany the application for title and registration transfer.