Local News

Alaska to change license distribution system

The state Division of Motor Vehicles is moving to a central distribution system for drivers’ licenses and state identification cards.

Starting in June, Alaska residents who go to their local DMV to renew their licenses will not get a new official license right away. Instead, they will receive a temporary card that is valid for up to 60 days. A new permanent license will be mailed from the central distribution center.

Alaska residents don’t have to get a new card until their current license or state-issued ID expires.

According to Department of Administration Commissioner Curtis Thayer, the new system will make it more difficult to create a fake ID. In addition to the new distribution system, the state also will add updated security features to the new design.

Recent News

Metlakatla hopes to increase hydro capacity

A view of Metlakatla on Annette Island, Alaska's only Native reserve. (File photo by Leila Kheiry)
For the past couple years, Metlakatla residents have been asked to conserve power. The lake levels on Annette Island have been low, and this winter’s cold, dry spell made things even worse. But, recent rainy weather has provided some relief while Metlakatla Power and Light works toward increasing its hydro capacity. more

Free forestry academy offered on POW

Rainforest
Haa Aani and the Sustainable Southeast Partnership are working with the US Forest Service and the State of Alaska to provide free forestry training for Southeast Alaska residents. The application deadline in January 20th. more