What is the legal driving age in Alaska?

My son just turned 16 and has been begging me to let him get his license. We live in Alaska now, but I learned to drive before moving here. How old do you have to be to legally drive in Alaska?

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Answer provided by
Ethan Daniel Moser
Answered on Apr 15, 2022
First off, we’d like to wish your son a massive happy birthday from all of us here at Jerry! The legal driving age in Alaska is 16, so your son is eligible to get a provisional license at that age.
According to the Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles, these are the options for teenage driver’s licenses:
  • Between the ages of 14 and 16, drivers can apply for an instructor’s permit allowing them to practice driving so long as there is a licensed driver over the age of 21 in the passenger seat at all times.
  • Between the ages of 16 and 18, drivers can apply for a provisional license. Under an Alaska provisional license, teens cannot drive between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. or with anyone under the age of 21 in the car.
To apply for an instructor’s permit, provisional license, or a full driver’s license if you’re over 18, you’ll have to visit your local Alaska DMV office and pass a written knowledge test and a driver’s exam.
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