Renewing Your License in Alaska
Renew Your Alaska Driver's License
If you plan to operate a vehicle in Alaska, you must have a valid AK driver's license. When it is close to expiring or has already expired, you'll either need to renew it or apply for an extension. Fortunately, the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a fairly simple renewal process.
For more details about other types of driver's licenses or permits, please visit our following pages:
Continue reading this page to learn how to renew your regular, non-commercial AK driver's license.
When to Renew Your AK Driver's License
NOTE: If you moved to a new address and need to renew your AK driver's license, you'll need to update your address with the DMV first.
In Alaska, your driver's license will need to be renewed every 5 years. The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) allows you to renew your license within 1 year of the expiration date (which is usually your birthday), and offers no "grace period" once it expires.
If you're not sure whether your license is valid, go ahead and check your driving record.
Since the Alaska DMV allows you to renew your license so early in advance, you may not receive a renewal notice.
Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Driver's License
If you lost your AK driver's license, you may be able to renew it instead of paying for a replacement card. Contact your local AK DMV office to check whether you're eligible for this option.
For more information on how to replace a lost, stolen, or damaged driver's license in Alaska, please read our page about Replacing a Lost License.
Expired Driver's License
If your driver's license is expiring soon but you are unable to renew it for some reason, you may be eligible to apply for an extension. See “ Out-of-State, Remote & Military Renewals" below.
If your AK driver's license is already expired, you must renew it in person (see “Renew Your Alaska Driver's License" below). In addition to meeting the regular renewal requirements, you will be required to pass the written knowledge test again.
Renew Your Alaska Driver's License
You can renew your AK driver's license by mail or in person at your local Alaska DMV office.
If you need to make a name change, you'll need to renew your driver's license in person and submit additional documentation. For more information, read our Changing Your Name page.
The AK DMV allows renewal by mail provided that you meet the following qualifications:
- You must be between 22 to 68 years old on the license expiration date.
- You must have a non-commercial driver's license.
- Your last renewal must have been completed in person.
- You haven't changed your name since your last renewal.
- Your driver's license is NOT cancelled, revoked, suspended or disqualified.
Processing takes about 30 days, so keep this in mind when your expiration date is coming up.
To proceed, you'll need to first establish your identity with the Alaska DMV on their website.
Once you've done this, complete an Application for Alaska Driver License, Permit or Identification Card (Form 478), and mail it to the address on the form with payment for the $21 fee.
To renew your driver's license in person, visit your nearest Alaska DMV office. You'll need to:
- Complete an Application for Alaska Driver License, Permit or Identification Card (Form 478).
- Provide your current AK driver's license.
- Show 2 documents to prove your identity.
- For a complete list of acceptable documents, please visit the AK DMV website.
- Provide proof of your name change (if applicable), such as your marriage certificate or court order.
- Pay the fee of $20.
- Pass a vision test (plus a written test, if your driver's license is expired).
- Have your photo taken.
NOTE: In the event you don't immediately receive your renewed driver's license and it doesn't arrive in the mail within a few weeks, contact the DMV office directly.
Out-of-State, Remote & Military Renewals
If you are unable to renew your AK driver's license in person due to living outside of the state temporarily, or you do not have a DMV office near you, you may be able to renew by mail (see “Renew Your Alaska Driver's License" above) or apply for an extension.
Alaska Military Members
If you're in the military (or you are a spouse or dependent of a service member) and stationed outside of Alaska, you're eligible for an extension of your driver's license until 90 days after your discharge from active duty or returning to Alaska. Print out a Military Expiration Endorsement and keep it with your driver's license. You may be asked for your military ID to confirm your military status, should you be stopped by law enforcement.
Out-of-State Alaska Residents
If you are an Alaska resident temporarily out of state and your driver's license expires, you may be eligible to extend it. To apply for an extension, your AK driver's license must be within 1 year of expiring. You will need:
- A completed Request for a Temporary License or an Extension (Form 481).
- To provide your legal name, date of birth, driver's license number, and Social Security number (SSN).
- Payment for the $5 fee.
- Via credit card (on the form) or check/money order.
- To provide your out-of-state fax number or mailing address where you wish to receive the extension.
Submit the request via:
- Fax to (907) 465-5509.
- E-mail to: doa.dmv.jds@Alaska.gov.
- Mail to:
Juneau Driver Licensing
P.O. Box 110221
Juneau, AK 99811
Fees to Renew Your AK Driver's License
The fee you'll need to pay for renewing your Alaska driver's license depends on the renewal method you choose:
- In person: $20.
- By mail: $21.
Acceptable Payment Methods
The Alaska DMV accepts the following payment methods:
- VISA or MasterCard.
- Personalized checks or money orders (must be made payable to the “State of Alaska or Division of Motor Vehicles").
Contact the Alaska DMV for more information.