Renew Your Alaska Driver License
When your license will expire in less than a year, it is time to renew it. You can either renew your license by mail or in person.
For Commercial Driver License holders, there are additional requirements to renew your CDL.
How can I renew my Alaska driver license by mail?
If. . .
- You are over 22 years old
- Your personal information has not changed
- You did not renew your driver license by mail at your last renewal
We encourage you to renew by mail.
What if I am younger than 22?
If you are turning 21, your license will expire 90 days after your birthday. Your new license will no longer have a restriction from purchasing alcohol. To obtain the new license you must take an alcohol awareness test at your local DMV office.
What if I’m out of state when I turn 21 and my license is going to expire?
How do I renew my license in person?
To renew in person, you must:
- Go to your local DMV office.
- Complete form 478, Application for Alaska Driver License, Permit or State Identification
- Surrender your current Alaska license
- Show two pieces of ID (primary and secondary documents)
- Pass a vision test
- Have your photo taken
- Pay a fee
- Pass a written knowledge test if you got a license in another state after your last Alaska license
What if I don't have a local DMV?
You may renew your license through the mail, please read the renewal section of our Guide to Rural Driving Information.
How do I update my personal information?
- Vision or Eyes
- If you had eye surgery and can pass the vision test without glasses or contacts, you can have the restriction removed from your license.
- Name Change
- If your name changed since your last license was issued, you must be able to document the change.
- Gender Change
- If your gender has changed since your last license was issued, you must provide proof of the correct information. Use form 427, and provide:
- A certification from a healthcare provider
- One of the following documents:
- An amended birth certificate
- A valid U.S. passport or passport card
- A court order granting the change of sex or gender
Please read more details about changing your personal information.
Help! I'm out of state and my license expired.
What do I do?
If you are out of state when your license expires, apply for a license extension letter to extend the expiration date for one year.
- Email the completed form to: DOA.DMV.JDL@Alaska.gov
- Or, fax to: 907-465-5509
- Or, mail to:
Division of Motor Vehicles
Juneau Driver Licensing
PO Box 110221
Juneau AK 99811-0221