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Military & Veteran Services

How do I get a veteran designation on my license?

 If you are a retired veteran, or a veteran of the armed forces discharged under honorable conditions, you are eligible for a veteran designation on your license or ID card.

To receive the designation, you apply for a driver license or state ID card (form 478) or commercial driver license (form 415), and provide one of the following documents:

  • Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or DD Form 215);
  • Report of Separation and Record of Service, Departments of the Army and Air Force, National Guard Bureau (NGB22 or NGB22A);
  • A letter signed by the Veterans Department that identifies yourself as a retired veteran or veteran discharged under honorable conditions;
  • A valid military identification card that identifies yourself as a retired veteran or veteran discharged under honorable conditions.

Road Skills Test Waiver

If you are a service member, currently licensed, and drove a military motor vehicle equivalent to a commercial motor vehicle within the last year, you can apply for a CDL without taking a road skills test. You are still required to pass all knowledge tests and hold a Commercial Learners Permit(CLP) for 14 days. This waiver does not apply to school bus or passenger endorsements.

What are the requirements to receive a road skills test waiver?

  • 21 years old with a valid non-commercial driver license
  • A US citizen or non-US citizen with a valid permanent resident card
  • Two years commercial driving experience upon discharge from the military
  • A minimum two years good driver record immediately preceding CDL application date
  • Certification from your commanding officer with number of years of operating the vehicle and type of vehicle operated to determine appropriate CDL classification.
  • Pass all knowledge tests and hold a Commercial Learners Permit(CLP) for 14 days.

How do I apply for the road skills test waiver?

Complete the application for military skills test waiver (form 416). Page two of form 416 should be filled out and signed by your commanding officer.

Bring this form with you when you apply for your CDL, it will subsitute for the road skills test.

Do I need an Alaska license?

No. If you are active duty, stationed in Alaska, and choose to remain a resident of another state, you are not required to obtain a license in Alaska, nor is your spouse. However, your dependents are required to surrender their out of state license and obtain a license in Alaska.

Please check directly with the state you are a resident of to determine if they have a military extension policy or what is required to renew your license in that state while living in Alaska. If you hold a commercial driver's license, be sure to specify in your request as there are differences in the military policy for commercial and non-commercial licenses.

Motorcycle Licenses for Military Members

In Alaska a motorcycle license is a class of license and not an endorsement. This means that under Alaska law a person obtaining a new class of license, such as a motorcycle license, must be examined by the DMV. Due to the requirement to appear in person, the Alaska DMV cannot make any modifications to your current class of license if you are not physically present in the State. This also applies to members of the military who may be stationed out of state.

What do I do if my license expires while I am stationed outside of Alaska?

You do not need to do anything.

As active duty military, you and your spouse’s non-commercial driver license are valid for 90 days after your discharge or return to the state, whichever comes first.   

However, if you want documentation in addition to your license, print the military expiration endorsement and carry it with your license.

Can I get an extension for my commercial driver license?

No. An Alaskan commercial driver license must be renewed every 5 years in person. If you are stationed outside of Alaska and you hold a commercial license, your Alaska license is not eligible for renewal. You must surrender your Alaska license to the state where you are currently living and obtain a commercial license in that state.

Motorcycle Licenses for Military Members

In Alaska a motorcycle license is a class of license and not an endorsement. This means that under Alaska law a person obtaining a new class of license, such as a motorcycle license, must be examined by the DMV. Due to the requirement to appear in person, the Alaska DMV cannot make any modifications to your current class of license if you are not physically present in the State. This also applies to members of the military who may be stationed out of state.