Your First Alaska Driver's License
Congratulations! As a beginning driver the privilege to drive represents a stepping stone in your life. In Alaska, you may apply for your first Alaska Driver License after you turn 18; however, with your parent's help you may qualify sooner. Additionally there are several requirements that you need to follow to ensure that you know the laws, are a proficient driver, and will conduct yourself safely on the road.
How do I get my License?
Please note: The DMV has developed additional services to assist Alaska's rural residents with licensing issues unique to remote communities. Please read the guide to rural driving.
What fees will I pay?
See the following page for fees.
What do I bring to the office to get a REAL ID License?
Starting May 3, 2023, Alaska resident will need to present a REAL ID compliant license/ID, or another acceptable form of identification, for accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and boarding commercial aircraft.
The Alaska Real ID is not mandatory, but if you want one you will have to apply in person and bring the documents required.
Documents Required – Click Here.
What do I bring to the DMV office to get a Non Compliant License
In order to get your Alaska driver license, you must bring 4 or 5 documents that prove your name and birth date, your current residence and your social security number. Listed below are the five types of documents and examples each. If you are unable to obtain any of these documents please contact the Alaska DMV for other possible options. When applying, please bring one of each type to the DMV.
Proof of your Legal name, Date of Birth and Citizenship (called the "primary document")
These documents are acceptable for proving your legal name and date of birth. Please bring one:
- An original or certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate (From Vital Statistics)(Certified Informational Copies are NOT valid for identity purposes.)
- Passport or passport card issued by the United States or US Territory.
- A foreign passport with appropriate immigration status forms issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.
- A resident alien, temporary resident alien, or employment work authorization document issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.
- An Alaska instruction permit or Alaska State Identification card.
- Certificate of Citizenship, Naturalization, or Birth Abroad.
Proof of your principal residence
The following items are acceptable for proving your principal residence. The document must show your residence address, not a post office box or other mail cache facility. Please bring one:
- Utility bill
- Alaska voter registration card
- Alaska title and/or registration (Issued at least 30 days prior to application)
- Paycheck Stub
- Medical Assistance card
- Public Assistance card
- Canceled check or bank statement
- Mortgage or rental documents
- Letter from employer on letterhead verifying applicant’s residence address
Proof of your Social Security Number
If you have a Social Security Number, you must put it on your application. The information on your application must verify with Social Security ’ s records. For information regarding your social security number or to obtain a duplicate Social Security Card (Current AK license or ID card holders only), please visit the Social Security Administration Website.
If you do not have a Social Security Number, you must provide documentation from the Social Security Administration verifying that you have not been issued a number.
*For a Commercial (CDL) Permit, please bring your social security card.
Please Note: Instead of a social security card, you may bring another document issued by the United States Social Security Administration or the United States Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service that show both your name and social security number.
Proof of Name Change (if you have changed your legal name)
If you have had a name change, the DMV must be able to establish a connection between your old and new name through one of the documents below. This document must be an original or certified copy of the original issued by a government agency. Please bring one:
- U.S. Passport (Must be current)
- Amended birth certificate
- Certified adoption papers, marriage certificate, court order or divorce decree
- Certificate of Dissolution, Divorce or Annulment
- Certificate of Naturalization
- Certificate of Name Change
Please note: If you have previously obtained an Alaska instruction permit or Alaska State ID card in your current name, you are not required to bring any of these additional documents.
What tests do I take?
You must pass the written knowledge test, a vision test, and/or a road test prior to being issued a driver license.
- Written Knowledge Test
You may only take this test once per day.
- Vision Test
- If your eyesight improves, you will be required to retake this test to remove restrictions.
- Road Test
- Please read more details regarding the road test
- Alcohol and Drug Awareness Knowledge Test
When you turn 21 your DL/ID expires in 90-Days.
You have to pass the Alcohol Test before getting a licence.
You may take this test as many time as necessary until passed
Can I practice for the written knowledge test?
Yes, try our Online Knowledge Test.