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    SUMMARY: How to Apply for an Alaska Driver's License

    Applying for your AK driver’s license must be done in person at a DMV office. You will need to pass driving, written knowledge, and vision tests, and pay the appropriate fees. If applicable, you may also need to pass an alcohol and drug awareness exam.

    This page will help you obtain your first driver’s license from the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

    New to Alaska?

    If you’ve moved to Alaska from another state, you can use your out-of-state driver’s license to drive for up to 90 days as long as you’re 16 years old or older.

    NOTE: If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) from your previous state, you will need to apply for an AK CDL within 30 days of moving. For application instructions, please see our Applying for a New CDL page.

    If you have an out-of-state driver’s license, you will be able to transfer it for an AK license. Visit your local Alaska DMV office and:

    • Surrender your current driver’s license from your previous state.
    • Pass the following exams:
      • Written knowledge.
      • Driving (will cost you $15).
      • Vision.
    • Submit proof of your:
      • Name.
      • Date of birth.
      • AK residency.
      • Social Security number (SSN).
    • Pay the $20 fee.

    NOTE: If you’re under 18 years old, you may need to provide parental consent.

    A complete list of required documents can be found on the AK DMV website.

    Types of AK Driver’s Licenses

    The Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has various types of driver’s licenses depending on your age and what type of vehicle you will be driving:

    If you live in a rural community that doesn’t currently have an AK DMV office, you may be eligible for an off-highway driver’s license. For more information and application instructions, please visit the Alaska DMV website.

    Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for an Alaska driver’s license, you must:

    • Have an out-of-state driver’s license.
    • Be 18 years old or older.
      OR
    • Have held your provisional driver’s license for at least 6 months without receiving any traffic convictions. (You will need parental consent if you’re younger than 18 years old.)

    For more information about provisional licenses in Alaska, please see our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) page.

    Apply for an Alaska Driver’s License

    To apply for your first Alaska non-commercial driver’s license, visit your local AK DMV office and:

    • Submit a completed Application for Alaska Driver License, Permit or Identification Card (Form 478).
      • If you’re printing the form yourself, you must print it double-sided or the DMV will not accept it.
    • Submit documents to prove your:
      • Legal name and date of birth (e.g. U.S. birth certificate, passport, citizenship certificate).
        NOTE: You will need both a primary document and secondary document.
      • AK residential address (e.g. utility bill, paycheck stub, bank statement).
      • Social Security number (SSN) (e.g. Social Security card or other official government document).
      • Name change, if applicable (e.g. court order, divorce decree, marriage certificate).
    • Pass the:
      • Written knowledge test.
      • Eye exam.
      • Driving test.
      • Alcohol and drug awareness test, if you’re 21 years old or older.
    • Pay the required fees:
      • Road test: $15.
      • Driver’s license: $20.

    AK Driver’s License Tests

    Before you will be issued your Alaska driver’s license, you will need to pass both a written knowledge and DMV road test.

    Written Knowledge Exam

    The questions in your written knowledge exam will be based on information found in the Alaska DMV Driver Manual. You will be tested on your knowledge of:

    • Traffic laws.
    • Highway signs.
    • Safe driving practices.

    If you fail the exam, you can re-take it the next day.

    Driving Test

    Your DMV road test can be taken either at an AK DMV office or an approved third-party testing location. You will need your own vehicle and have proof of insurance. You will be tested on your driving skills and ability to perform various driving maneuvers, including:

    • Parallel parking.
    • 3-point turns.
    • Proper lane changes.
    • Obeying traffic signals.
    • Reversing.

    If you fail your exam, your driving examiner will let you know when you can re-take the test (usually after at least 1 week).

    There are various mistakes you can make that will lead to an automatic fail. For a complete list of these, read the Driver Manual.

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