State of Alaska

Department of Administration

Division Of Motor Vehicles

Alaska Department of Administration, Divison of Motor Vehicles
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Learner's or Instruction Permit

An applicant for a learner's or instruction permit must be at least 14 years of age. If the applicant is under 18 years of age, they must have parental consent to obtain an original, duplicate or to renew a permit. Effective July 1, 2007 - A permit can be renewed ONE TIME, ONLY.

If you live in RURAL Alaska, please CLICK HERE for additional information.

The applicant will be required to pass the written knowledge test, a vision test and pay a fee prior to being issued a learner's or instruction permit.  

A permit issued to an applicant that is 19 or 20 years old will expire 90 days after the applicant's 21st birthday. [AS 28.15.099] All other permits are valid for two years from the date of issue.  If a driver has a learner's permit from another state, they must obtain an Alaska learner's permit before driving in Alaska.  The applicant must pass an alcohol and drug awareness knowledge test to renew their permit 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.

PRESS RELEASE regarding Alcohol Awareness Test.

In order to drive with a permit, you must be accompanied by a person age 21 years or older that has a minimum of 1 year driving experience.  This person must have a valid driver license and occupy the passenger seat next to you at all times.

Please see the following site for information on the documents required to obtain your first Alaska permit. Original Alaska License If you have been issued an Alaska State ID and your name has not changed since the ID was issued, the following does not apply to you.

Once you have been issued a driver license for a specific class of vehicle, you would no longer be eligible to obtain a permit for that specific class of vehicle.

The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program

The Alaska DMV has launched a new program sponsored by Ford Motor Company that is designed to prevent one of the major causes of death and injury for teens on the road.  Utilizing the sponsorship funds committed by Ford, The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program will provide parents and guardians with advanced and sophisticated tools to optimize the 40 hours of parental supervised driving required for your teen to obtain their license.  The program is available in a printed guide that will be given out at each first time issuance of a permit.  Parents and teens are also encouraged to use the RoadReady app as a tool for keeping track of the amount of driving your teen has done. You can view an online version of the program by clicking here.  The RoadReady app can be accessed through the Apple App Store and through Google play (Coming Soon).

Original Alaska Permit

Information for TEEN Drivers
More Information for TEEN Drivers
Information for parents of TEEN Drivers


REV. 07/17/2014