Alaska Trucking Laws

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.

There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Fairbanks may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.

The Alaska Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382-384 and 390-399 of the federal regulations.

The following provisions are an overview of Alaska laws that affect trucks operating only in Alaska:

Driver Qualification

Alaska has adopted Part 391 of the Federal Regulations. However, some exceptions may apply. For example, the minimum age to qualify to operate a vehicle in intrastate commerce is 19.

A driver employed before April 1, 1992, is qualified to drive a motor vehicle in intrastate commerce even if that person would not meet the medical standards due to a preexisting medical condition. A physician must determine that the condition has not gotten significantly worse or that another non-qualifying medical condition has not manifested.

Recording and Reporting of Accidents

Alaska has adopted Part 390 of the Federal Regulations, which includes accident record keeping requirements. A driver involved in an accident resulting in injury, death, or over $501.00 in property damage must notify the police immediately. An accident report must be filed with the department of public safety within 10 days after the accident

Any driver involved in an accident must file proof of insurance by use of a “Certificate of Insurance” form to comply with mandatory insurance law.

Crash reports are available from:

Department of Administration
Driver Services
2760 Sherwood Lane, Suite B
Juneau, AK

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