The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires all new teen drivers to follow specific guidelines when applying for their first driver's license.
The first step is getting your learner's permit. During this process, you'll gain the road experience and knowledge you need to become a safe, responsible driver.
This page outlines everything you need to know about AK learner's permits and the next steps in obtaining your Alaska driver's license.
Applying for an AK Learner's Permit
You must be at least 14 years old to apply for an instructional permit/learner's permit in Alaska. To start the process, you'll need to visit your local Alaska DMV office and:
- Submit a completed Application for Alaska Driver License, Permit or Identification Card (Form 478).
- Have your parent or guardian complete the Parent/Guardian Consent for a Minor (Form 433).
- Show proof of your legal name, birth date, Alaska residency, and Social Security number.
- If you eventually want a REAL ID license, you can choose to offer REAL ID-compliant documents now, or you can wait to upgrade when you get your provisional license. The DMV offers lists of acceptable proofs for both REAL IDs and non-compliant permits.
- The agent may be able to verify your SSN electronically, but bring your documents just in case.
- Pass your vision test.
- Pass the written Alaska permit test.
- Pay the $15 learner's permit fee (valid for 2 years).
You must hold your Alaska learner's permit for 6 months before you can move on to your provisional driver's license.
Taking the Written Permit Test in Alaska
- If you've never been licensed in Alaska, you must pass a written permit test before you will be issued an learner's permit.
- You will need to know all about traffic laws, safe-driving practices, and highway signs to pass.
- Use this course to help you ace the permit test!
- If you fail the Alaska permit test, you may retake it the following day.
Your Alaska Provisional License
To apply for your provisional driver's license, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 16 years old.
- Have held your learner's permit for at least 6 months.
- Submit proof that you've completed 40 hours of supervised driving practice, including at least 10 hours in challenging conditions, such as night driving or bad weather.
- Have parental consent.