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E-Commerce Applications Outage

To accommodate the deployment of a new system, the Department of Commerce Community and Economic Development is scheduling an outage for all e-Commerce applications from November 30 at 5PM until December 1 at 7AM

Offices Closed to Public

The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development offices are closed to the public at this time. We are still open for business and encourage you to contact us via phone or email.

BUSINESS LICENSING

Transportation Network Drivers
(Such as Uber or Lyft) FAQs

On June 15, 2017, Governor Walker signed HB 132, "An Act relating to transportation network companies and transportation network company drivers; and providing for an effective date", otherwise known as the Let's Ride Alaska Act, or the Uber/Lyft bill.

It is the intent of the legislature to clarify the Alaska Worker’s Compensation Act, ensure the safety, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of rides provided by transportation network company drivers in the state, and preserve and enhance access to these important transportation options for residents of and visitors to the state.

Let's Ride Alaska Act went into effect on June 16, 2017.

IMPORTANT: transportation network driver’s applications to a transportation network company are for one (1) specific individual AND one (1) specific personal vehicle. This means:

  • A change in driver requires a new application; or
  • A change in personal vehicle requires a new application.
1. What do the following mean: digital network, personal vehicle, prearranged ride, transportation network company, transportation network driver or driver, transportation network rider or rider? 2. What are the requirements to be a transportation network driver? 3. Can a boat owner use their skiff/boat/vessel to provide ridesharing services in Alaska? 4. Is there an age requirement for a transportation network driver? 5. Who cannot be a transportation network driver? 6. Do I need an Alaska Business License to be a transportation network driver? 7. I am an independent contractor transportation network driver who needs to get an Alaska Business License. How do I get an Alaska Business License? 8. Do I have to display my Alaska Business License in my personal vehicle I will be using while I am a Transportation Network Driver? 9. Will I need a business license from my municipality, city or village to be a transportation network driver? 10. Will I need a special endorsement on my Alaska Driver’s License to be a transportation network driver? 11. Will I need an additional registration or permit for my personal vehicle that I will be using while I am a transportation network driver? 12. Is an inspection required for my personal vehicle that I will be using while I am a transportation network driver? 13. Is there an age limit for my personal vehicle that I will be using while I am a transportation network driver? 14. What are the insurance requirements while I am a transportation network driver? 15. As a transportation network driver, what can I not do? 16. Will some locations, where I may drive as a transportation network driver, have restrictions or require additional licenses or permits? 17. IMPORTANT – Check with other agencies.

18. Complaint FAQs

It is your responsibility to know which agencies you may need to register, report, or file with, based on your specific business activities.

Not knowing what is expected of you may not preclude you from the legal obligation to meet these requirements and compliance with the law.

This Division does not provide legal advice. The information contained within these webpages is provided for your convenience and is not to be interpreted as legal advice. It is your responsibility to know what your registering, reporting and filing requirements are based on your specific business activities. Not knowing what is expected of you may not preclude you from the legal obligation to meet these requirements and compliance with the law. You are encouraged to seek the advice of a professional, such as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or Attorney if you need additional assistance.

Contact Us

When contacting this office, please direct your questions to the appropriate Section: Corporations, Professional Licensing, or Business Licensing. Each Section specializes in its own requirements per Alaska statutes and regulations.

Professional Licensing Section
Email: License@Alaska.Gov

Corporations Section
Email: Corporations@Alaska.Gov

Business Licensing Section
Email: BusinessLicense@Alaska.Gov