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While you can learn a great deal about yourself in the golden frontier of Alaska, muskox and glaciers can’t tell you how to follow the rules of the road. If you want to obtain a permit or a license to operate a motor vehicle, you’ll need to pass a DMV written test. But here you’ve struck oil, because we have rounded up practice tests and test prep questions as well as resources to give you the facts you’ll need to track from Barrow to Juneau. If you are looking for your commercial driver’s license (CDL) to (ice) truck through America’s largest state, there are handbooks and a handy “cheat sheet” available. In addition, it might be a good idea to review the laws and penalties so you can make sure to mind your p’s and q’s when traversing the great state of Alaska. Our tests are also available in Spanish.

Whether it’s crab legs or crude oil that you want to haul through America’s 49th state, it’s crucial that you obtain an Alaska commercial driver's license (CDL). The initial fee is a pretty steep $100 (one of the highest in the country). Then, after you've filled out your medical form and put in your application, it’s time to stare down the exam. Luckily we've got answers with practice tests for Class A, B, or C vehicles. So if you want to drive a tank vehicle across ice roads or apply to drive a school bus in Fairbanks we've got you covered with exams that simulate the real tests, as well as all varieties of endorsements including passenger and school busses, doubles/triples, tank vehicles, hazardous materials, or air brake restriction removal skills. Start preparing for your CDL today!

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Alaska Driver's License: When You Can Apply

AgeType of LicensePrerequisites
14 (First Timers)Instruction PermitPass a Knowledge Test and a Vision Test.
16+ (Instruction Permit Holders)Provisional LicenseMust have held Instruction Permit for 6 months. Also practice driving for 40 hours (10 hours at night or in poor weather) and pass a Road Test.
18+ (First Timers)Full (Adult) LicensePass a Knowledge Test, a Vision Test, and a Road Test.
18+ (Instruction Permit Holders)Full (Adult) LicensePass a Vision Test and a Road Test.
16 ½+ (Provisional License Holders)Full (Adult) LicenseMust have held Provisional License for 6 months. Also pass a Vision Test.
18+ (Provisional License Holders)Full (Adult) LicensePass a Vision Test.

Note 1: Alaska requires all aspiring drivers to pass an Alcohol and Drug Awareness Knowledge Test.

Note 2: To apply for any type of instruction permit or license, you must first obtain consent from your parents or guardians if you are under 18 years of age.

Note 3: If more than one line of this table applies to you, you can choose either option unless otherwise specified.

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Alaska Driver's License & Permit FAQ

How Can I Apply for my AK Driver's License? Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How old must I be in Alaska in order to be eligible for a license?

    You must be at least 14 in order to be eligible for a permit in Alaska. You must be at least 16 to get your license.
  • Are there any documents I should take with me when I go to apply for my Alaska license?

    Yes. First time applicants must….
    • Be at least 14 years old
    • Fill out a permit application (Form 478)
    • Provide two forms of Id
    • Bring a parental consent form ( if under 18 years old)
    • Provide proof of social security number
    • Provide proof of address
  • When am I eligible for a learner’s permit in Alaska?

    You are eligible for your permit when you…
    • Are at least 14 years old
    • Have proof of your parent's permission on a parental consent form
    • Can bring two pieces of identification to the DMV office
    • Can pass the knowledge test
    • Can pass the vision test
  • I’m ready to apply for my license in Alaska, where should I go?

    Driver’s licenses are issued at local Alaska DMV offices. You can easily find a location here.
  • What’s the contact information for an Alaska DMV office?

    Yes. You can find any specific location here.
    • Anchorage area call: 269-5551
    • Inside of Alaska call: 1-855-269-5551
    • Outside of Alaska call: 1-907-269-5551
  • Who should bring me for my Alaska permit test?

    If you are under age 18, your parents should bring you. If your parent is unable to bring you then they must sign and have notarized a parent consent form.
  • Should I get a physical when getting a license in Alaska?

  • Do I need a vision test before getting a license in Alaska?

    Yes. A vision test is required when getting your Alaska license.
  • Where do I go to get my driver’s license photo taken in Alaska?

    Once you have successfully passed your test; you will have your photo taken at the DMV office.
  • How should I apply for my Alaska driver’s license?

    In order to apply for a license in Alaska you should:
    • Hold your permit for at least 6 months
    • Be at least 16 years old
    • Show proof that you have completed at least 55 hours of behind-the-wheel training with 10 of those hours being under adverse conditions.
  • What’s my next step after I apply for my Alaska driver’s license?

    Once you’ve taken the first step by getting your permit, you are now ready to practice for the road test.
    • You must be getting at least 40 hours of behind –the-wheel training with a licensed driver at least 21 or older.
    • You must hold your permit at least 6 months before applying for the road test.
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Combination Vehicles
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