Alaska Graduated Driver’s Licensing Laws
In 2014, about 11 drivers under the age of 21 were involved in fatal traffic accidents. To help combat these devastating incidents, Alaska has implanted a graduated driver’s licensing system that allows new drivers extra time to gain experience before driving without supervision. The three stage system begins at age 14 with full licensure available at age 16-and-a-half.
Teens aged 14 or older can take the written test for a learner’s permit. You must hold this permit for six months, during which time you must gain at least 50 hours of supervised driving experience, and 15 or more of those hours must be gained at night or during inclement weather. Drivers must be supervised by a licensed parent or guardian or adult over the age of 21.
When you are 16, if you have held a learner’s permit for at least six months, you can take the road test for a restricted license.
You must hold the restricted license for at least six months, during which time you can’t drive unsupervised between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. You are also prohibited from having any passengers under the age of 21 unless they are a family member, or you have a licensed adult driver in the vehicle
Full, unrestricted driving privileges are given after six months if you haven’t violated any traffic laws. Persons aged 18 or over are also eligible for full driving privileges.