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    Covering the Different Driving Classes

    The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers three different driving handbooks, each of which covers a different set of driving license classes. Whether you want to drive passenger vehicles, motorcycles, commercial vehicles or buses, Alaska offers a manual for you.

    Passenger Vehicle Driver Handbook―Class D

    If you are in the process of applying for a new Class D (passenger vehicle) driver license, you can download the AK DMV Alaska Driver Manual to read and review before you head out for testing. If you are a teen driver and are taking your driving lessons from your parents, download or pick up a copy of this handbook to help you learn the rules of the road.

    You will need to install a copy of the free Adobe Reader software in order to read or print the Alaska Driver Manual on your computer.

    If you would like more information on how to obtain an Alaska driver license, check our driver's license and identification section. Also, we have a page on renewing your license if that's what you need to do. And, for teens, check this overview of driver's training courses.

    Motorcycle Driver Handbook―Class M1

    Are you thinking of driving a motorcycle? Do you need information and the handbook for a Class M1 license? Check out the DMV's Motorcycle Manual. If you're looking for the motorcycle license requirements, please see our motorcycle license page.

    Commercial Driver Handbook―Class A, B, or C

    You can also download the Commercial Driver License Manual. It has all of the information you will need in order to take your Class A, Class B or Class C commercial driving knowledge and road tests. There is also information about the hazmat background checks and fingerprinting that are now required for CDL hazmat endorsements.

    Please see our applying for a new commercial driver license page for more information on CDLs. Other questions are addressed on our commercial driver frequently asked questions page.

    Looking for a commercial driver training school in Alaska? Our commercial driver education article talks about what to expect from a driving school or classroom course.

    Passenger and School Bus Drivers

    To become a bus driver, you must hold a commercial driver license (Class A, B, or C) and will also require one or two endorsements depending on the type of bus you'll drive. For a vehicle that carries more than 15 people, including the driver, you will need a passenger endorsement. To drive a school bus, you'll need a school bus endorsement on your CDL, in addition to the passenger endorsement.

    There is no separate Alaska driver handbook for bus drivers, though the Commercial Driver Manual has a full section just for bus driving.

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