Alaska DMV Handbook and Regulations FAQ

If you’re planning on applying for your Alaska state driver’s license, then you should make certain that you pick up and study a copy of the Alaska Driver’s Handbook sooner rather than later. All of the questions on your written knowledge test will deal with information from there. You may also wish to peruse the following FAQ for a better idea of what you can expect when dealing with the DMV and applying for your license in general.
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How old do I need to be before I’m able to apply for my Alaska driver’s license?
The minimum age a person must be before they can officially apply for their driving privileges varies from state to state. However, in Alaska you are eligible for a learner’s permit once you turn 14 years of age.
When I apply for my driver’s license, what documents should I make sure to bring?
Every state’s DMV requires driver’s license applicants to show various forms government recognized documentation before the application process can be begun. In Alaska, you will need to provide the following:
  • Two state recognized proofs of identity
  • Proof of your social security number
  • Proof of your residency and address in Alaska
If you are under the age of 18, you will also need to present a completed, signed parental consent form in addition to meeting the state’s age requirement that you be 14.
I’m an underage would-be driver. Do I need to bring my parents with me when I show up to apply for my driver’s license?
Most applicants under the age of 18 find it easier to simply bring their parents with them when they arrive to start the application process, as they will need to sign a consent form before the application process can move forward. However, if your parent or legal guardian can’t bring you to the DMV for whatever reason, they can send a signed and notarized copy of the consent form with you to the DMV instead.
Will I need to pass a physical before I can get my Alaska driver’s license?
No. Some U.S. states require you to take and pass a physical before you will be granted a license, but Alaska isn’t one of them. You will be required to take and pass a vision test at the time you apply for your license though. If you fail, you’ll be instructed to see a DMV-recognized eye doctor and return with the doctor’s report before your application can proceed.
What requirements am I required to fulfill before I can trade my learner’s permit in for a permanent license?
Once you have your learner’s permit, it’s time to start learning how to drive on a practical level. You need to accumulate a minimum of 40 hours of supervised, behind-the-wheel practice with 10 of those hours having occurred at night (or other conditions considered "adverse" or "challenging"). You must also have held your permit for at least 6 months. Last but not least, you need to be at least 16 years of age. Once all of these criteria have been met, you’re free to take your road test and qualify for your license whenever you feel ready.
Who is allowed to supervise me once I have my learner’s permit and am able to drive under supervision? Does it have to be a parent?
No. While many young drivers do prefer to learn to drive under the supervision of one of their parents, this is not a requirement. However, the driver you choose does have to be at least 21 years old and they need to have held a license for a minimum of one year.
Once I have my provisional driver’s license, what restrictions do I need to be aware of?
Until you reach the age of 18 or have had your license for 6 months, you are allowed to drive in Alaska but only under certain restrictions. Specifically, you may not legally carry any passengers under the age of 21 unless they happen to be your brothers or sisters. You also are not allowed to drive between the hours of 1AM and 5AM. However, you are exempt from those restrictions if you are driving to or from either school or work. You are also exempt if you are driving with a license adult that is at least 21 years of age.
I’m not 18 years old yet, but I have held my provisional license for 6 months or more. What do I need to do to upgrade my license early?
If you wish to receive your permanent, unrestricted license before you’re 18 and you have held it for 6 months or longer, you can get the upgrade taken care of early. Have your parent or guardian fill out and sign a new consent form. Then show up to an Alaska DMV field office with your provisional license and $15 to cover the upgrade fee. Drivers that choose to wait until they’re 18 don’t need to do anything in particular. The existing restrictions will be lifted automatically.
I’m new to Alaska (or I will be soon). What do I need to know about transferring my out-of-state driver’s license?
Once you’ve officially made the jump to Alaska, you have 90 days before you’re required by law to have an official Alaska driver’s license. When you’re ready to undergo the process, show up to the nearest Alaska DMV field office and do the following:
  • Surrender your existing license to the DMV rep.
  • Be prepared for and pass a written knowledge exam, a driving exam, and a vision exam.
  • Show state-recognized proof of your legal name, identity, date of birth, social security, and residency in the state of Alaska.
  • Pay money for any and all associated fees. You will need to pay both a $20 state licensing fee and an additional $15 for your driving exam.
  • Provide proof of parental consent if you are under the age of 18.
If you’re unsure as to whether or not a given document will be accepted by Alaska as proper proof of personal information, be sure to speak with a DMV rep over the phone beforehand to make sure.
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