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Road Test

You take a road test to show us that you can safely drive under real-life conditions, have developed proper driving habits essential to safe driving, and can apply your knowledge of traffic laws into actual practice.

We offer commercial, non-commercial, and motorcycle road tests at some DMV offices.

Please schedule your road test online or in person.

Road test fees are non-refundable. You may reschedule your road test 24 hours before your scheduled appointment for no fee.

What does the student driver need to bring?
    • Instructional Permit:
      • Instruction Permit or current (within one year) knowledge test scores.
      • If you have lost your instruction permit, you are required to bring two pieces of identification. Please see our website for acceptable identification documents. http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/akol/original.htm.
    • No Instructional Permit - If you have not been issued an Alaska instruction permit or state identification card you are required to bring proof of the following:
      • Instruction Permit or current (within one year) knowledge test scores.
      • If you have lost your instruction permit, you are required to bring two pieces of identification. Please see our website for acceptable identification documents. http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/akol/original.htm.
  • Corrective lenses if applicable. If testing at a DMV office you must pass a vision exam before the road test.
  • Parent or legal guardian with them or provide a notarized Parental/Guardian Consent for Minor (Form 433). http://www.doa.alaska.gov/dmv/forms/pdfs/433.pdf.
  • The parent or guardian must provide their current license. A legal guardian must provide certified court documents.
  • Held a valid instruction permit for at least six (6) months prior to the road test and cannot have been convicted of a citation in the last six (6) months.
What paperwork do I need to bring for the vehicle?
  • Current Vehicle Registration – If the vehicle has a temporary permit please provide the Application for Title and Registration.
  • Printed Proof of Insurance that includes the Vehicle Identification Number and description of vehicle being used for the road test.
  • If using a rental car, you must be listed on the Rental Agreement as an authorized driver.
What equipment does my vehicle need?
  • Your vehicle needs to be in Working Order
    • All lights (headlights, parking lights, brake lights, tail lights, front and back turn signals, 4-way flashers) must be actual lenses not tape.
    • Windshield (cannot have cracks in the field of vision),
    • Working windshield wipers,
    • Defroster,
    • Muffler (tight exhaust system,)
    • Good tires (tread, inflation and condition),
    • Brakes (including emergency/parking),
    • All mirrors in working order,
    • A working horn,
    • Passenger Seat,
    • Seat belts for driver and examiner,
    • Front and back license plates with current month & year tabs on rear plate,
    • Working speedometer,
    • Doors must open from inside and outside,
    • Enough fuel for a 30 minute exam (1/4 tank),
    • Studded snow tires can only be used where and when legal,
    • Tinted Windows - It is illegal in the State of Alaska (13 AAC 04.223) and within the Municipality of Anchorage (AMC 09.36.045) to have mirrored tinting material or aftermarket tint on any of your windows.
What to expect on the road exam?
  • Use of vehicle equipment (mirrors, brakes, etc).
  • Parallel parking
  • Backing
  • Quick stop
  • Left and right turns
  • Changing lanes
  • Entering and exiting a freeway
  • 3-point turn
  • Traffic signal
  • Speed control
  • Following a vehicle
  • Intersection observance
  • Stop signs
  • General driving
  • Use of vehicle equipment (mirrors, brakes, etc).
  • All audio or visual devices that assist in performing driving maneuvers such as backing or parallel parking should only be used as assistive devices and the driver must demonstrate habits consistent with safe driving practices, such as proper head position, mirror use, etc.
  • Animals and passengers are not allowed to accompany you on a road test.
  • Your cell phone must be turned off during the test.
  • Please do not wear perfume or cologne to your road test appointment.
  • Any violation of law, failure to perform unsafe actor contributing to a crash will require the road exam to be stopped. Please review the Alaska Driver’s Manual prior to your exam. http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/dlmanual/manuals.htm 
My windshield is cracked. Can I still take my road test?

You may still take your road test if the crack does not affect your line of sight or the examiner’s.

Do I have to have studded tires in the winter?

You do not need studded tires to take your road test during the winter. However, you will not be permitted to road test if you have studded tires  during times they are unlawful.

Can I take my motorcycle test in the winter?

No. Motorcycle road tests are not given in the winter months. The motorcycle course must be free of snow, ice, and standing water to ensure the safety of the applicant and examiner.

I completed a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course. Do I still have to road test with DMV?

No. If you present proof that you have successfully completed the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course, you do not need to road test at DMV. However, you must show proof to DMV within one year of passing the course.

Does anyone else offer road testing?

DMV has authorized third parties to conduct road tests for the general public. These parties are all independent businesses and set their own fees.

For a location near you see our list of Diving Schools.