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Alaska DMV Learner's Permit FAQ

  • When can I apply for a permit in Alaska?

    To apply for a learner’s permit in Alaska you must be at least 14 years of age. The permit, which is valid for two years, can be renewed one time.

  • What are the requirements to get a learners permit?

    You must pass the Alaska written driver’s knowledge test (permit test) as well as a vision test to receive your Learner’s Permit. Then Alaskan teenagers must complete 40 hours of driving practice, which includes at least 10 hours of driving in challenging conditions, such as driving in rain, snow and at night.

  • How many questions are on the permit test?

    There are 20 questions on the Alaska written knowledge test.

  • How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

    You must correctly answer at least 16 of the 20 questions (80%) correctly.

  • What steps should I take to prepare for the test?

    Begin by studying the material found in the Alaska Driver’s Manual. The manual is published the Alaska DMV annually so you have the most relevant and up to date information available.

    Step two involves testing your knowledge of the handbook with our Alaska practice permit tests. You’ll be able to quickly assess your overall knowledge, identify weak areas and improve your performance. You should only take practice exams that have been carefully constructed to replicate the actual driver’s test, like those available here.

  • What percentage of people fail the permit test?

    The latest statistics indicate that over half of all first-time test takers fail. To better your odds of passing study the Alaska Driver’s Manual and be sure to take multiple practice exams.

  • How much does the permit test cost?

    You will be required to pay a $15 fee at your Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.

  • Where do I take the permit test?

    The Alaska Department of Administration’s Division of Motor Vehicles (Alaska DMV) handles driver testing and driver licensing. Visit Alaska DMV at http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/office/ to find an office near you.

  • What documents should I bring on test day?

    You must bring a parental consent form that’s been completed by a parent or guardian along with one of the following identification documents: an original or certified copy of a birth certificate; an Alaska state ID card; a current U.S. passport; a foreign passport and immigration documents; or a certificate of citizenship, naturalization or birth abroad. Don’t forget to bring cash or check to pay the required testing fee.

The Alaska DMV Learner’s Permit–What You Need to Know

Preparing to get your driver’s license in the state of Alaska? You will need to first get your learners permit by passing the the Alaska DMV permit test. This is a mandatory requirement before the Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can issue you a permit.

Why AK DMV Practice Permit Tests Are So Important

The permit test contains questions designed to determine if have the required knowledge of the state’s driving rules, road signs and safe driving practices.  On the surface the subject matter can feel like common sense however with over 50% of test takers failing the test, it’s critical you not only prepare but prepare with the right study tools.  Ensure you’re prepared for the test by taking advantage of the study material on this site. A great first step is to  become familiar with the information in the Alaska drivers handbook. Afterwards you can test your knowledge of the handbook using our free Alaska practice permit test.

So what are you waiting for? Start preparing now and before you know it you’ll be enjoying the freedom of the open road!