Applying for a Teen License in Alaska
If you're a teenager applying for your first driver's license, you'll need to satisfy the teen driver requirements set by the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
The steps to obtain a full driver's license involve supervised driving with a learner's permit and unsupervised driving with certain restrictions. The requirements of each licensing step will help you develop the driving experience and knowledge necessary to pass your driving test and become a safe driver.
On this page you'll find information about the Alaska DMV licensing requirements and the necessary steps towards your first unrestricted driver's license.
The minimum age to begin each step towards your driver's license are as follows:
- Learner's permit: 14 years old.
- Provisional driver's license: 16 years old.
- Full, unrestricted driver's license: 18 years old OR after holding a provisional driver's license for 6 months.
Alaska Learner's Permit
The first step towards getting your Alaska driver's license is obtaining your instruction permit, also known as a learner's permit. To get your learner's permit, you'll need to visit your local Alaska DMV office and:
You must hold your learner's permit for at least 6 months before you will be allowed to apply for a driver's license. The learner's permit is valid for 2 years from the date it is first issued, and can be renewed for $5.
NOTE: Much of what you'll need to know in order to pass the written knowledge tests can be found in the Alaska Driver Manual.
Learner's Permit Restrictions
The learner's permit is issued to give you a chance to practice your driving while under the supervision of a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older who has held a license for at least 1 year.
You must show proof that you have completed at least 40 hours of supervised driving practice before you will be issued a driver's license. 10 hours must have been at night or under other challenging conditions.
Provisional Driver License
Once you have held your Alaska learner's permit for at least 6 months, you may apply for your Alaska provisional license.
Additionally, to obtain your provisional driver's license you'll need to:
- Be at least 16 years old.
- Have proof from your parents or employer that you have completed at least 40 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel driving with 10 hours at night, in inclement weather, or other challenging conditions
- Provide proof of your legal name, birth date, Alaska residency, and Social Security Number. (Refer to the Alaska DMV website for a complete list.)
- Take and pass the DMV driving test.
- Pay the $20 driver's license fee.
NOTE: You must schedule your road test on the Alaska DMV website or with an approved third-party test provider. Alaska DMV road tests cost $15.
Provisional License Restrictions
The first license you will obtain is called a provisional license, which has restrictions on it for at least 6 months or until you reach 18 years old.
While you hold a provisional driver's license:
- You are not allowed to carry passengers younger than 21 years old, unless they are your siblings.
- You may not drive between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.
NOTE: You are exempt from the restrictions above when:
- You are driving to and from work.
- You are driving with a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old.
Unrestricted Alaska Driver's License
You are eligible for an unrestricted driver's license after you hold your provisional license for at least 6 months OR until you are 18 years old.
If you decide to upgrade your driver's license before you turn 18 years old, you'll need to:
If you wait until you are 18 years old, the provisional driver's license restrictions will be lifted automatically. If you want to upgrade your physical driver's license, you'll need to:
NOTE: Whenever you visit the AK DMV, be prepared to provide proof of your legal name, birth date, Alaska residency, and Social Security Number. Please refer to the Alaska DMV website for a complete list.