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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Applying for Your Alaska License
  • Preparing For Your AK Permit Test
  • Taking Your AK Permit Test
  • Preparing For Your AK Driving Exam (or Road Test)
  • Taking your AK Driving Exam (or Road Test)
  • After You Have Passed the Driving Exam (or Road Test)
  • Renewing Your AK License
  • What If I'm Moving to Alaska or Just Visiting?
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Applying for Your Alaska License
At what age can I apply for my permit in AK?
To apply for your learner's permit in AK, you have to be at least 14 years old.
What documents do I need to apply for my license if I am under the age of 18?
You will need to submit two IDs, proof of your Social Security Number, proof of your address and a permit application (Form 478). If you are under 18, you need to also bring a parental consent form.
Where do I go to apply for my driver's license in AK?
When you are ready to apply for your driver's license, you should visit a local DMV office. You can find a list of available locations near you by visiting this website: http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/office/index.htm
Does anyone need to come with me when I take my AK Permit Test?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you. If they are unable to attend, you will need to have your parent or legal guardian sign your parental consent form in front of a notary official.
Do I need to do a medical physical exam before I obtain a permit in AK?
No. You don't need to pass a physical when you get your license.
Do I need to complete a vision test before I apply?
Yes. A vision test is required when applying for a driver's license in AK.
Can I choose where I have my photo taken for my driver's license?
No. You are only allowed to have your photo taken at the DMV office.
Preparing For Your AK Permit Test
What should I use to study for my AK permit test?
You should read the most recent AK Driver's Handbook. Reading the entire AK Handbook gives you the best chance of passing your AK Permit Test successfully. You can also use the questions on our website [link] as a supplement to your research.
Where can I get a 2015 AK Driver's Manual?
For the most recent AK Driver's Handbook, visit the AK DMV website: http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/dlmanual/manuals.htm
Are there chapters of the AK Driver's Manual that I can skip reading?
The best way to prepare yourself for your permit test is to read the entire manual. There is information in the manual that will help you pass your permit test, but more importantly there is information in the manual that will help you become a better and safer driver.
What kind of questions should I expect to encounter when taking my AK Permit Test?
The questions on the AK Permit Test cover basic rules of the road: braking distances, signaling, roundabouts, road markings and other topics covered in the AK Driver's Manual.
How many questions do I have to answer correctly to pass my AK Permit Test?
There are 20 questions on the AK Permit Test. You will need to answer at least 16 questions correctly in order to pass.
Where do I go to take my AK Permit Test?
You will take your AK Permit Test at a local DMV office. You can find a list of available locations near you by visiting this website: http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/office/index.htm
Taking Your AK Permit Test
When am I eligible to apply for my AK permit?
To apply for your learner's permit in AK, you have to be at least 14 years old.
What documents do I need to bring with me to take my permit test?
You will need to submit two IDs, proof of your Social Security Number, proof of your address and a permit application (Form 478). If you are under 18, you need to also bring a parental consent form.
How much is a AK Learner's Permit Test?
The AK Permit Test costs $15.
Do I have to bring my parents with me when I take my permit test?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you. If they are unable to attend, you will need to have your parent or legal guardian sign your parental consent form in front of a notary official.
How many questions are on the AK permit test?
Typically, the permit test includes 20 questions.
How many questions do I need to answer correctly in order to pass?
There are 20 questions on the AK Permit Test. You will need to answer at least 16 questions correctly in order to pass.
What are common mistakes applicants make on the AK permit test?
The biggest common error is rushing through the questions. During your permit test remember to relax, take your time and answer the questions thoughtfully.
Is the AK permit test open book?
No. The AK permit test is not an open book test. Under no circumstances are you allowed to use your AK Driver's Handbook or any other study guides during the exam.
What happens if I don't pass my written test?
Test takers may fail the AK Permit Test for many reasons. A test taker may not have studied thoroughly or he or she may have been too anxious or too nervous to concentrate on the exam. If you fail the AK Permit Test, you will not receive your permit. You will be able to retake the test as early as the next business day, however do not rush retaking the AK Permit Test if you have failed. Reread the AK Driver's Manual and study thoroughly before you retake the AK Permit Test to give yourself the best chance of passing.
Preparing For Your AK Driving Exam (or Road Test)
What happens after I pass my permit test?
After you have passed your permit test, you will receive your Learner's Permit. If you are under 18, you need to maintain your Learner's Permit for 6 months, at minimum, before you can apply. During this time you should complete 40 hours of behind-the-wheel training.
What skills should I develop and cultivate for my AK road test?
For your AK road test you should know how to handle a vehicle safely. You should know how to pull off smoothly, back up safely, accelerate and brake steadily, maintain the proper speed limit, park correctly, drive through intersections, change lanes, making left and right turns and many more basic rules of the road.
Do I have to learn how to parallel park?
Generally, yes. In some areas of Alaska, you will be required to parallel park for your Driving Exam. Regardless of whether you are asked or required to parallel park for your exam, learning this valuable skill can be helpful for you.
Where can I go to practice driving?
You may practice anywhere as long as you are accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older. Generally, you want to practice on familiar streets before you try new and less familiar areas.
What is the road test like?
Experiences of the road test will differ depending on your mood, personality, etc. You should expect the driving exam to test your ability to drive safely and efficiently.
Is the road test difficult?
The driving exam or road test is most difficult for those who are not prepared. It may also be difficult if you are nervous or anxious on the test day. Try to remain calm, remember what you have learned and apply the knowledge appropriately.
Where do I take the AK Driving Exam?
You will take the AK Driving Exam at your nearest DMV office. You can find a list of available locations near you by visiting this website: http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/office/index.htm
What standards must the vehicle I choose for my road test meet?
You must supply your own car for your driving test. The vehicle must be in good working condition and safe to drive. Before you begin your test, the examiner will check that your car has two license plates, working brake lights, good tires, an emergency parking brake, front signal and back signal lights that are working, two rear view mirrors and a windshield without cracks.
Taking your AK Driving Exam (or Road Test)
Who can accompany me to my AK Driving Exam?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you. If your parent or legal guardian is unable to accompany you, a driver who is 21 years old or older should accompany you instead.
How much does an AK Driver's License cost?
An AK Driver's License cost $20.
What tips should I know to pass my AK road test?
To pass your AK road test, you must demonstrate to the examiner that you can drive safely and effectively. The examiner will pay close attention to whether you watched for pedestrians, judged the traffic and used your mirrors. During your driving exam, make sure you always signal when merging into traffic, do not drive too quickly or too slowly and stay in control of the vehicle. Remember to buckle up, adjust your mirrors when you get into the car, look into the mirror and over your shoulder before merging into traffic, keep both hands on the steering wheel and stop appropriately behind crosswalk lines.
What will I have to do on my AK road test?
You must demonstrate to the examiner that you know how to drive safely and effectively. You will show the examiner that you know how to control your vehicle while you are backing up, driving through intersections, making left and right turns and driving through residential and business neighborhoods.
Can I have anyone in the car with me during my AK road test?
The only persons allowed in the vehicle during your road test is yourself and the examiner.
Can I retake the driving exam if I fail?
Yes. You can retake the AK driving exam. You will need to wait a week before you can retake the exam.
What happens if I fail my AK Driving Exam?
If you fail your AK Driving Exam, you will not receive your license. You will be able to retake the AK Driving Exam. If you fail your AK Driving Exam initially, don't rush retaking your exam. Pay attention to what your examiner has identified as your weakness and work upon strengthening your weaknesses.
After You Have Passed the Driving Exam (or Road Test)
What happens after I pass my AK road test?
After you have passed the AK Driving Exam, you will receive your Driver's License either immediately after the exam or by mail.
If I'm under 18, are there any limits to my driver's license?
Yes. If you are under 18, you will not be allowed to drive with persons under the age of 21 unless a parent or legal guardian is in the car with you. Additionally, you will not be able to drive between 1 AM and 5 AM.
Do I need to have car insurance?
Yes. Alaska requires that you carry insurance that covers $25,000 property damage and $50,000/$100,000 for bodily injury (or death).
What do I need in order to apply for car insurance?
Typically, when you apply for car insurance you will need to submit documents proving your identity, information detailing your driving record and information about the vehicle that you wish to insurance.
How much does car insurance cost?
The cost of car insurance varies depending on various factors like your age, how many people will be on your policy, what type of car you will drive, your driving record and the insurance company you choose.
Renewing Your AK License
How do I renew my AK Driver's License?
You may be able to renew your license in person, by mail or online if you are between the ages of 22 and 68.
Do I need to take the eye test again when I renew my AK license?
Yes. You will have to take an eye exam when you renew your AK Driver's License.
What If I'm Moving to Alaska or Just Visiting?
If I am moving to AK from another state, do I need to pass a AK driving test?
No. You will not need to pass the AK Driving Exam when you move to Alaska from another state. However, you will need to pass AK Written Test to be able to replace your out-of-state license with a AK Driver's License.
Will my out-of-state permit be accepted in Alaska?
Yes. Alaska will recognize your out-of-state Learner's Permit for up to ninety days. If you become a resident, you may need to obtain a AK Learner's Permit.
How long can I drive in AK with my out-of-state license if I am a visitor?
You may drive in Alaska with your out-of-state license for up to 90 days.
Can I drive in Alaska with my out-of-country license?
You can drive in Alaska with your out-of-country license for 90 days. After this period you will need to surrender your out-of-country license and begin the AK licensing process, passing the AK Written Test, vision test and other requirements. You should contact your local DMV office to acquire more information.Question Category