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Your First Alaska Driver 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.

What if I'm younger than 18?

If you are between 14 and 16, you may apply for a instruction permit.

If you are between 16 and 18, you may apply for a provisional license.

How do I get my License?

You must go a local Division of Motor Vehicles office to apply for a driver license. You will submit Form 478, which can be filled out and printed in advance.

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 do I bring to the DMV?

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. When applying, please bring one of each type to the DMV.

Proof of your Legal name and Date of Birth (called the "primary document")

Any 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)
  • Passport or passport card (issued by the United States or US Territory.)
    • Expired passports and military or “no fee” passports, which are endorsed for military travel abroad* are not valid for this purpose.
    • Canadian citizens must present appropriate immigration documents with their Canadian passport
  • An Alaska instruction permit or Alaska State Identification card.
  • Military Identification for active duty, retiree or reservist.
  • Certificate of Citizenship, Naturalization or Birth Abroad.
  • Passport issued from another country, with appropriate immigration documents.
    • Alaska ID cards and licenses must be issued in the name on the immigration documents.  If the name will change due to marriage, etc., the name must be updated on the immigration documents and with Social Security before the new name can be recorded on an Alaska ID card or license.

Please Note: If your legal name is different than what is printed on your primary document, you will need to bring in the document(s) that provide proof of your name change. You must update your name with Social Security before changing your name with DMV.

A second document to verify your "primary document"
Please bring one:
  • a permit or license from another state
  • employee ID
  • health insurance card
  • IRS or state tax form
  • medical records
  • military dependent identification
  • pilot's license
  • school ID
Proof of your current residence

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. 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
Proof of your Social Security Number

If you have a Social Security Number 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, please see 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; however, we cannot accept cards that have been laminated.

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)(military or “no fee” passports are only valid for use when used abroad for military purposes and not valid for this purpose)
  • 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. You must also pass an alcohol and drug awareness knowledge test to renew your license or to upgrade from a permit to a license.

Written Knowledge Test
Your Alaska instruction permit can substitute for this test.
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

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.

What fees will I pay?

See the following page for fees.