|D = Non-Commercial Driver License||IP = Non-Commercial Instruction Permit|
|A, B & C = Commercial Driver License (CDL)||IM = Motorcycle Instruction Permit|
|M1 = Motorcycle License (Over 50 cc)||IA, IB & IC = Commercial Instruction Permit|
|M2 = Motorscooter License (50 cc or less)|
An applicant for an original Alaska driver license must be at least 16 years of age and have held a valid driving permit for a minimum of 6 months. If an applicant is under 18 years of age, they must have parental consent to obtain a Provisional drivers license. An Application for Alaska Driver License, Permit or State Identification (Form 478) is required prior to issuance of a license, permit or state ID. The form is available at DMV offices.
In order to obtain an original Alaska license, an applicant must provide documentary proof of the following:
Please see the following for further information on each of these items.
LEGAL NAME & DATE OF BIRTH (PRIMARY DOCUMENT)
The following documents are acceptable for proving legal name and date of birth. If your legal name is different than what is printed on your birth certificate, you will need to bring in the document(s) that provide proof of the name change, unless you have previously obtained an Alaska learner's permit or Alaska State ID card in your current name.
The document provided must be an original or certified copy of the original issued by a government agency.
SOCIAL SECURITY CARD
Note: If a number has been assigned to you, it is required on the application. For information regarding your social security number, please see the following: http://www.ssa.gov
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA) it is not illegal to laminate your card. Laminated cards make it difficult, if not impossible; to detect important security features. The DMV will NOT accept cards that have been laminated due to the possibility of fraud. The SSA has never issued a metal or plastic card, therefore these cards are not considered original and will not be accepted.
The following items are acceptable for proving residency. The document must show your residence address, not a post office box or other mail cache facility.
An applicant will be required to pass the written knowledge test (or present a valid Alaska learner's permit), a road test, and a vision test prior to being issued a driver license.
A driver license issued to an applicant under the age of 21 will expire 90 days after the applicant's 21st birthday. [AS 28.15.099] All other Alaska driver license's expire on the applicant’s birthday and are valid for approximately five years. The applicant must pass an alcohol and drug awareness knowledge test to renew their license or to upgrade from a permit to a license. [AS 28.15.085]
Exceptions: All applicants that obtained their Alaska driver license prior to October 21st, 2008 and all applicants 21 and older transferring a license from another state.
PRESS RELEASE regarding Alcohol Awareness Test.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: Once you have obtained your driver license, it is important to carry it in a safe place. Do not leave it in a place where it can easily be lost or stolen. If it does become lost or stolen, the following items (kept at home in a safe place) will make it much easier for you to obtain a duplicate: