Alaska Drivers License: A New Driver’s Guide

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Today you will learn what’s required to get an Alaska driver’s license.

To begin, an Alaska license is required for anyone wanting to legally drive on state roads and highways. The license application process doesn’t take long if you have the appropriate paperwork and time needed when visiting your local AK DMV.

The process in this article assumes you’re an adult applying for a new license or have a provisional license as a teen through the state’s GDL program. If this doesn’t describe you, see our learner’s permit and/or provisional licensing guides to begin the steps through the graduated licensing program.

Ready? Let’s begin.

Getting Your License in Alaska: Step-by-Step

This guide assumes one of the following:

  • You’re an adult and want to apply for a new license
  • You need to transfer your out-of-state license (within 90 days)
  • Your old license expired you allowed it to lapse renewal/reinstatement
  • You’re holding a learner or provisional license (going through the GDL)

If one of these describes you, you can apply for a new driver’s license by visiting an Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). There, you’ll submit the appropriate paperwork, pass your required tests, and pay the appropriate fees to get your AK license.

You may also apply for an off-highway license if you live in a rural community, far from a DMV. A REAL ID option is available, too, when applying (requiring additional identification documents).

Other requirements when applying include:

  • Being 18 years old or older
  • Transferring an out-of-state license
  • Held a provisional for at least 6 months without convictions

When you’re ready, you will complete these steps to get an Alaska license:

  1. Complete the Application for Alaska Driver’s License, Permit, or Identification Card (478)
  2. Provide proofs:
    1. Identification
    2. AK residency
    3. Social Security number
    4. Name change (if applicable)
  3. Pass your tests:
    1. Vision
    2. Knowledge
    3. Driving
    4. Drug/alcohol awareness (21 and older)
  4. Pay the fees:
    1. Road test: $15
    2. License: $20
  5. Receive your license

The written/knowledge test examines your understanding of road rules and signs. You can practice using the state’s license manual. Or, take an online practice test to improve your passing chances.

The road test examines your ability to control the vehicle and adhere to signs and commands. This may include your ability to change lanes, maneuver the vehicle, park, and more. Check with the local DMV as you may need to request an appointment before taking the test.

Your vehicle is required to have AK auto insurance when taking this test.

Congratulations, You’re a Licensed Driver in Alaska

Submitting these documents, taking these steps, and passing the tests will grant you a driver’s license in Alaska. Keep note of your license expiration date as you’ll want to renew an AK license as it draws close. Failing to renew on time can result in the loss of driving privileges.

The open roads of Alaska are now yours to explore. Enjoy yourself and happy travels!