How to Pass the Alaska Permit Test

alaska-road-signPassing the Alaska permit test is an essential step on the road to getting behind the wheel but the process can feel a bit overwhelming.

If you want to become a licensed driver in Alaska, you must begin by getting your Alaska instruction permit(or learner’s permit). Alaska uses a graduated licensing process (GDL) for teens, which will help you learn crucial driving skills before you begin navigating the roads on your own.

In Alaska, the GDL program consists of obtaining a:

  • Instruction permit (or learner’s permit)
  • Provisional driver’s license
  • Full driver’s license

In this guide, we will show you how to pass the Alaska permit test, get your provisional license and become a fully licensed driver.

Step I: The Alaska Instruction Permit

With your parent’s permission, you can obtain an Alaska instruction permit beginning at age 14. The permit will allow you to practice driving as long as you have a licensed driver aged 21 or above in the seat next to you. This driver must also have held a full license for at least one year.

To receive your instruction permit, you must pass a written driver’s knowledge test (more commonly known as the permit test) to show that you have learned the rules of the road.

Study Until You Feel Ready

Take as long as you need while studying for the test. Read the entire manual very carefully and spend extra time on any sections you’re unsure about. We provide a free copy of the Alaska Driver’s Manual here, or you can get a physical copy by visiting the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and requesting one.

Take Practice Tests

Taking the test before you are ready could result in failure, wasting your time and money. A better option is to take a few practice tests before you take a shot at the real thing. Our Alaska practice permit test includes much of the same subject matter you will find on the actual test and is an excellent way to increase your chances of passing.

Collect the Needed Items and Visit Your Local DMV Office

Before you go to the DMV office to take the test, make sure you have all the required materials:

  • Your parental consent form
  • $15 for testing fees
  • Two forms of identification such as your certified birth certificate, Alaska ID card or social security card

Take the Tests

Now, it’s time to take the test. You have studied hard, so try to relax. Think carefully about the answers, and remember not to psych yourself out. If you fail, you can always try again after spending some more time studying. Also, be aware that you will need to take a vision test upon passing your written exam. This test is necessary to make sure you can see well enough to safely drive.

Step II: The Alaska Provisional License

The next stage in the process is the provisional license. It requires an on-road driving test, and to take this test you must be at least 16 years old, have had your instructional permit for six months and have completed 40 hours of practice driving under the supervision of a licensed driver. At least 10 of those hours must be at night or under other challenging conditions such as rain or snow.

Your parent or guardian must accompany you to the DMV office to provide proof that you have completed your practice driving time. You will also need to take a second vision test.

Important note: You can’t apply for your provisional license if you received traffic tickets that total more than six points on your record while holding your instruction permit, and you can’t have had any violations within the past six months.

When you receive your provisional license, be aware that it comes with some restrictions:

  • You may not drive between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless you are driving to and from work on the most direct route available
  • You may not drive with any passengers under the age of 21 unless they are family or an adult aged 21 or above is in the passenger seat next to you
  • You may not drive without a seatbelt

Step III: The Alaska Driver’s License

Once you have held your provisional license for at least six months, the restrictions no longer apply and you are eligible for your full driver’s license. The restrictions also lift once you turn 18, whether or not you have held your provisional license for a full six months.

If you are under 18, a new parental consent form must be submitted to the DMV office before you can receive your full license. You also must retake the vision test and pay a $15 fee to remove the restriction.

  • If you receive any traffic violations that total six or more points on your record within a year-long period or nine or more points in a two-year period, you will be required to take a nationally certified defensive driving course
  • If you have a learner’s permit from another state, you still must get your Alaska instruction permit before you can legally drive in Alaska
  • To renew your permit or upgrade to a license, out-of-state applicants must also pass a drug and alcohol awareness test