Alaska Driver's Training: Behind the Wheel Training and Permit Training
Anyone looking to apply for a new driver's license is required to complete a supervised behind-the-wheel driving practice to satisfy the requirements laid out by the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). During the learner's permit phase of the Alaska DMV licensing program, supervised driving allows you as a beginner to practice safe driving skills and gain the experience that is necessary to pass your driving test.
Behind-the-Wheel training requirements
The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles requires a supervised behind-the-wheel practice if you are younger than 18 years old. It is mandatory for you to complete a total of 40 hours of supervised driving to satisfy the Alaska DMV teen licensing requirements. You can start your behind-the-wheel practice even when you are at least 14 years old after you apply for your learner's permit.
If you want to benefit from additional practice and safe driving knowledge, you could consider taking an optional Alaska driver's education course. Professional Alaska driver's training schools and some Alaska high schools may offer a class to fit your requirement. For more information about driver's training/Driver's Ed programs in your area:
- You can contact your local Alaska DMV office.
- You can look up Driver's Ed or driver's training in your phonebook.
- You can check for local driver's training programs on the internet.
Supervised Driving Practice in Alaska
After you receive your learner's permit, you will be allowed to drive while being supervised by a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old or older and has held his/her driver's license for at least a year. Before you advance from your learner's permit, you are required to complete at least 40 hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice along with a minimum period of 10 hours of training completed at night.
The time that you spend while training your driving skills with a supervisor is vital to your performance on the road test and your ability to drive alone. The guidance and knowledge of an experienced driver can help you learn about active driving techniques and enables you to correct any negative driving habits.
Once you have completed your driving practice, if you are a minor, your parent/legal guardian is required to sign and complete the Parent/Guardian Consent for a Minor.
Getting Your Provisional License
You can be eligible to move on to the next steps of the licensing program and obtain your provisional driver's license when:
- You are at least 16 years old or older.
- You have held your learners permit for at least six months.
- You have had no traffic violations in the last six months.
- You have completed your supervised behind-the-wheel training/Alaska driver's training.
When you satisfy the requirements that are mentioned, you can schedule your road test on the Alaska DMV website.
After making an appointment and you are going to take your test, you’ll need to take a vision test as well, and have a completed and signed Alaska drivers license application form and pay a $20 fee. You are required to provide proper identification such as proof of legal name and date of birth, a secondary document to verify the primary document, proof of your permanent residence, proof of your Social Security number
Alaska Driver's permit
You are not required to take a formal driver’s education class in the state of Alaska. However, the state requires you to log at least 40 hours of behind the wheel training with a licensed parent or legal guardian. You are also required to hold your learners permit for a minimum of 6 months or until you turn 18. To upgrade to a driver's license/permit before you turn 18, you'll need to pay a $15 fee and present it to the DMV with a signed legal guardian consent for a Minor form.