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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 28. Motor Vehicles
- Chapter 11. Abandoned Vehicles
- Section 25. Claim of Ownership By Private Property Owner.
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. Presumption of Abandonment.
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. Removal of Abandoned Vehicles.
AS 28.11.025. Claim of Ownership By Private Property Owner.
- (a) In addition to removal of an abandoned vehicle under AS 28.11.020
, a vehicle that is left standing or parked on private property without the consent of the private property owner and
for a period of six months is presumed to be an abandoned vehicle and title to the vehicle may be transferred to the
private property owner as provided under this section. A person who claims ownership of an abandoned vehicle under this
section shall provide notice of the claim to the vehicle owner of record and to lienholders in the manner prescribed
for giving notice by the department under AS 28.05.121
. The notice must state the location of the vehicle and the period of abandonment. If the vehicle is not registered in
this state or the name and address of the registered or legal owner or lienholder cannot be ascertained, notice shall
be given by publication in the manner prescribed in the rules of the court for service of process by publication.
- (b) If an abandoned vehicle is not reclaimed within 30 days after notice is given as required under (a) of this section,
the title to the vehicle vests with the owner of the private property on which the vehicle is located. Upon
application, the department shall issue a new certificate of title to a vehicle whose ownership is transferred under
- (c) In this section, "vehicle" means a
- (1) passenger car, motor home, bus, truck, truck-tractor, motorcycle, motorbike, or similar motor vehicle that is designed
for use primarily to transport a person or to transport or draw property on a highway or vehicular way; and
- (2) snowmobile, three-wheeler, four-wheeler, or a similar off-highway motor vehicle designed or adapted for cross-country
operation over unimproved terrain, ice, or snow and that has been declared by its owner at the time of registration and
determined by the Department of Public Safety to be unsuitable for general highway use, although the vehicle may make
incidental use of a highway as provided in this title, but not including implements of husbandry or special mobile
equipment, such as construction machinery or earthmoving equipment.
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