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License Renewal - College - Out of Alaska

Your license or ID card expires 90 days after your 21st birthday to allow you time to renew your driver license. As an Alaska resident attending college outside of Alaska, you may have to prepare in advance to renew your license or take additional steps to ensure that you are legal to drive.

You are required to pass an Alcohol & Drug Awareness Test to renew a license after turning 21 years of age.  You may take the test before leaving the state at your local DMV office to ensure you have the option to renew your license while out of state.

Please note: Alaska does not have a grace period after a license expires. Once your license is expired, it is not legal for you to drive. If you allow your license to expire over a year, you must pass the written test again in order to renew your license.

Please note: If you have obtained a license in another state after your last Alaska license was issued, you must pass an Alaska general rules of the road knowledge test to renew, so you must renew your license in person when you return to Alaska.

How do I renew my license?

If you have completed your Alcohol & Drug Awareness Test, you can renew your license or identification card after your 21st birthday. by following the regular process for renewing online or by mail.

If you are out-of-state and have not taken the Alcohol & Drug Awareness Test, your driver license cannot be renewed until you return to Alaska and pass the test.  You may be eligible to apply for a temporary license (form 481) to carry with your expired license. This will allow you up to 1 year to return to Alaska and take the test.  The license extension fee is $5.00 and the form can be mailed or faxed to the Juneau Drive Services Office.

How long will it take to get my renewed license?

Your new driver license or identification card will come to you in two stages.  Initially you will receive a temporary card which is valid for 60 days.  The actual driver license will be mailed to you and you should receive it in approximately 2-6 weeks. You may track the progress of your card at: Track My Card

The issued license or card will be sent to the mailing address you provide on your application.  Be sure that the mailing address you provide is a deliverable address, even if it is out-of-state. The mailed license will not be forwarded by the Post Office.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding the centralized issuance process.

How can I get help?

Please contact our Juneau Driver Services office for assistance with further questions.

By phone:      (907) 465-4361, ext. 2

Email:          doa.dmv.jds@alaska.gov

State of Alaska
Division of Motor Vehicles
Juneau Driver Services
PO Box 110221
Juneau, AK 99811-0221