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Frequently Asked Questions - Preparing For Your AK Driving Exam (or Road Test)

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.