Drivers Permits in Alaska
A learner's or instruction permit is the first step toward securing an Alaska driver's license. With a permit, you can legally operate a vehicle under limited conditions, providing the necessary driving experience needed for passing your driver's license road test.Alaska driver's manual. This will provide all the information you will need to know to pass the required written test for all permit applicants. If you can't download the manual, you can snare one at any Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) location.
To apply for a permit:
- You must be at least 14 years old.
- Complete a permit application (Form 478). You can't download the application; it's only available at DMV offices. You will need two forms of identification to complete the application.
- If you're under 18, provide a completed parental consent form.
- Pass a written test.
- Pass a vision test.
- Pay a $15 fee.
You must hold your learner's permit for at least six months before you will be allowed to apply for a driver's license. The permit is valid for two years. With it you can legally drive, provided another licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and has a minimum of one year of driving experience accompanies you while sitting in the front passenger seat.
If you lose your permit, you will need to apply for a duplicate in person at any DMV location. Be sure to have two forms of identification; otherwise the DMV agent will glare at you and bellow, "Next!" Also, bring the $15 duplicate fee.
The DMV allows you to renew an expired permit by visiting any DMV office in person. If you are under 18, bring along a parent or guardian who must complete a Parental Consent form. A permit renewal costs $5.
The written test features multiple-choice questions based on information contained in the Alaska driver's manual. Study the manual and you should have no problem acing the test. To get a sense of what to expect, DMV.org provides a 7-question practice test.
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