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Alaska Teen Driver

What driver’s education is required?

It is recommended for anyone age 14 or older who wants to obtain an Alaska learner’s instruction permit attend a driver training or defensive driving course. Some of the skills you will learn while taking a formal driver’s training course include:

• Starting the vehicle
• Using the accelerator and braking system
• Parallel parking
• Parking on a hill
• Changing lanes
• Negotiating an intersection
• Traffic lights and signals
• Right of way for pedestrians and vehicles
• Making right and left-hand turns

The roads in Alaska have some challenging conditions that can be attributed to ice, rain, snow and mud. You may even have to learn how to avoid some of the local wildlife on such as bears or moose that commonly appear on Alaskan roads.

What documents do I need to go to the DMV?

Anyone who applies for an original Alaska learner’s instruction permit, driver’s license or state identification card must be able to provide the following:

Proof of your date of birth—This can include any of the following:

• United States birth certificate with raised seal and issued by an authorized government agency
• Military identification card for active duty, retiree or reservist
• A valid U.S. passport
• A report of birth abroad by a U.S. citizen issued by a United States consular officer
• A resident alien card, permanent resident card or temporary resident card
• A valid foreign passport with the appropriate immigration documents
• An employment authorization card or employment authorization document
• Certificate of U.S. citizenship or naturalization

Proof of identification—If the name on the document provided for proof of date of birth does not match the name on the document provided for proof of identification, certified copies of legal documents regarding the person’s name change must be provided that link to all names previously used.

Proof of Social Security number—This can include an original Social Security card or an approved waver from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Proof of residence address—This can include a utility bill, bank statement or pay stub.

Parental consent—The State of Alaska requires a parental signature for any minor who is under the age of 18 that is applying for a learner’s instruction permit. The parent or legal guardian who signs the parental consent form may be held legally liable for any damages resulting from a motor vehicle crash in which the teen was driving.

Once all of the above steps have been completed, you must pay a fee of $15.00 to obtain an original instruction permit.

What is an Off-Highway Provisional License?

The State of Alaska allows people between the ages of 16 and 17 to obtain a Class D provisional license if they meet the following requirements:

• The applicant has held a learner’s instruction permit for at least six months.
• The applicant can provide proof from a parent or guardian that they have completed 40 hours of driving, with 10 hours of driving in challenging conditions, such as rain, snow or nighttime driving.
• The person has not been convicted of a traffic violation within the six months prior to applying for the off-highway license.

Applicants who have an off-highway provisional license are exempt from the normal restrictions that apply to people who hold a regular provisional license.

When can I get my driver’s license?

In order to obtain a provisional driver’s license in Alaska, the following requirements must be met:

• The applicant must have held a valid learner’s instruction permit for a minimum of six months before being eligible to apply for a provisional driver’s license.

• When the permit holder practices their driving skills, they must be accompanied by an adult who is 21 years or older and has had a valid license for at least one year.

• Anyone who receives traffic citations that total six or more points in a twelve-month period or nine or more points in twenty-four month period will be required to successfully complete a nationally certified defensive driving educational course. If you fail to take or complete the court, the DMV has the right to suspend your driving privileges.

• The applicant must provide proof from their employer, parent or legal guardian that they have completed at least 40 hours of driving experience. This must also include a minimum of ten hours of driving under challenging circumstances, such as at night or in bad weather.

Anyone who is convicted of committing a traffic violation will be required to wait for at least six months before applying for an Alaska provisional driver’s license.

What tests must I pass?

The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires anyone applying for a learner’s instruction permit or driver’s license to successfully pass a written knowledge test. The exam is made up of multiple-choice questions that cover about safe driving practices, highway sign recognition and traffic laws.

What restrictions come with my driver’s permit?

While driving in the State of Alaska with a learner’s instruction permit, you must be accompanied by another person who is 21 years or older and holds a valid driver’s license. This individual must have a minimum of one year driving experience and sit in the passenger seat next to the teen driver at all times.

What restrictions if any are there for new drivers?

The Alaska provisional license restrictions are applicable for drivers who are age 16 and older. These restrictions will remain in effect for at least six months and include the following:

Passenger Restrictions—You are prohibited from carrying any passenger in the motor vehicle under the age of 21 unless they are one of your siblings; i.e. brother or sister.

Hours of Operations—You are not allowed to operate a motor vehicle between the hours of 1:00 am and 5:00 am. The following exceptions apply to this rule:

• You are accompanied by an individual who is at least 21 years old and holds a valid license to drive the type or class of motor vehicle being driven.

• You are driving to or from your place of work or within the scope of employment. All driving must be conducted along the most direct route possible.

• You are driving to or from a school-sponsored event.

• You are driving to or from a religious event.

• You are driving due to a medical, fire or law enforcement related emergency.

If you violate any of the above restrictions, you will be required to pay a penalty of $200. In addition, a two-point violation will appear on your driving record. Once the person reaches the age of 18, the above restrictions are no longer applicable. Anyone who is 18 years and older will be required to obtain a regular Alaska driver’s license.

What are the requirements to apply for my driving permit?

In the State of Alaska, you must be at least 14 years old to apply for a learner’s instruction permit. If the applicant is under the age of 18, he or she must have parental consent before they can obtain an original, duplicate or renew a learner’s instruction permit. Effective as of July 1, 2007, a learner’s instruction permit can be renewed one time only.

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