Finding a Licensing Center
While you can take care of some driver’s license services online, you will need to go to a DMV office in person for most of these services. The services that you will need to go to a DMV office for include obtaining your first license, upgrading a provisional license, and more. Thankfully, Alaska has many DMV offices scattered throughout the state. Residents in the Anchorage area have the most options, but there are DMV offices in more remote areas as well. The hours and services offered vary between different locations, you should double-check the details of the office you plan on going to.
Obtaining Your First License
Alaska, like all other states, has a graduated license program. This means that young drivers will have to get a permit before getting a full license. Young drivers can get a permit at 14. To get their permit, they must pass a written test and a vision test. After receiving their permits, young drivers must drive under the supervision of a licensed driver who is 21 or older. Once they complete the requirements for their permits, young drivers can get a provisional license. They can drive alone, but there are restrictions on when they can drive. After completing the requirements for a provisional license, you can get a full Alaska license.
Renewing Your Driver’s License
Alaska makes it easy for residents to renew their driver’s licenses. They offer an online portal that allows licensed drivers to renew their licenses from home. Of course, they are still welcome to go to a DMV office in person and renew their licenses that way. There is no fee for renewing a driver’s license online. Alaska also offers drivers the opportunity to renew via mail.
Upgrading a Provisional License
Upgrading a provisional license is quicker and easier than upgrading from a permit to a provisional license. When upgrading from a provisional license to a full driver’s license, the most important thing is your driving record. As long as you have not received more than one ticket during your time driving with a provisional license, it should be simple to upgrade to a full license. You can upgrade to a full license when you turn 18. You must pass a vision test, a written test, and a drug and alcohol awareness test. You also have to submit proof of residency (lease, mortgage, utility bill) and proof of citizenship (passport, birth certificate).
Real ID Info
Alaska residents can get a Real ID-compliant license, though they are not required to. A standard driver’s license will not be usable when boarding a flight from 2023 onward, but a REAL ID will be acceptable.
Replacing a Lost or Stolen License
If your Alaska license is lost or stolen, you must replace it immediately. To do so, you have to get a duplicate license. This can be completed online (temporary only) or in person.
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