When you turn 14, you are eligible for an instruction permit to begin to practice how to drive. While you are practicing to drive you must be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years old with at least one year of driving experience in the type of vehicle you are driving, and they must be seated in the passenger seat at all times.
Instruction permits are valid for two years, and may be renewed one time.
Please note: Even if you have an instruction permit from another state, you must have an Alaska instruction permit before driving in Alaska.
How do I get my Instruction Permit?
To obtain your instruction permit, you must go to your local DMV office and complete the following:
- Bring a completed Application (form D1)
- Bring parental consent form 433 for auto, form 433M for motorcycle
- Pass the written knowledge test (Practice for your test here)
- Pass a vision test
- Pay $15 (see fees)
If you do not have a local DMV office in your community, please see our Guide to Rural Driving Information.
What do I bring to the DMV?
In addition to the parental consent form (form 433), bring documents that prove your name and birth date, your current residence and your social security number. Listed below are the types of documents and examples each.
Proof of your Legal name, Date of Birth and Citizenship (called the "primary document")
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)(Certified Informational Copies are NOT valid for identity purposes.)
- Passport or passport card issued by the United States or US Territory.
- A foreign passport with appropriate immigration status forms issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.
- A resident alien, temporary resident alien, or employment work authorization document issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.
- An Alaska instruction permit or Alaska State Identification card.
- Certificate of Citizenship, Naturalization, or Birth Abroad.
Proof of your principal residence
The following items are acceptable for proving your principal residence. 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
- Letter from employer on letterhead verifying applicant’s residence address
Proof of your Social Security Number
If you have a Social Security 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 or to obtain a duplicate Social Security Card (Current AK license or ID card holders only), please visit 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.
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.
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Can I practice for the written knowledge test?
Yes, try our Online Knowledge Test.