Alaska CDL Requirements

In State Driving Age:
19
Driving Between States Age:
21
Hazardous Age:
21
Exams Required:
  • Vision
  • Written Test
  • Driving Test
IDs Required:
  • Driver's License
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card

It is important for all to check the CDL Requirements of each state, as all states feature different and somewhat unique requirements. Alaska CDL requirements state that individuals must be 19 years of age to obtain a commercial driver’s license. Those who are planning on truck driving outside of the state, driving hazardous materials, or driving double trailer rigs must be 21 years of age.

Individuals applying for a four-year CDL license in the state of Alaska must have permanent residence in the state. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age or 19 years of age if driving only within the state. Before taking the required vision, knowledge and road tests, applicants must present:

  • Medical Certification Form completed by a health care provider
  • Social security card
  • Valid driver’s license issued no less than 12 months prior to the application date
  • Applicable fees

Some of the other Alaska CDL requirements include a battery of tests, including a written test, a vision test, and a driving skill test.  Individuals must also pass an eye examination with at least 20/40 vision with or without correction. CDL license candidates cannot have colorblindness or hearing disabilities. View the free Alaska CDL Manual to prepare for your written test.

The Department of Motor Vehicles may deny drivers an initial or renewed CDL license if individuals have a history of unsafe driving. Disqualifying offenses may include:

  • DUI conviction
  • Leaving the scene of a motor vehicle collision
  • Committing a felony that involves a motor vehicle
  • Driving with a suspended or revoked license
  • Causing a fatality while driving a motor vehicle
  • Reckless driving conviction

Knowledge Tests

The DMV administers knowledge tests based on applications for a class A, B or C license. Applicants require additional specialized tests before obtaining a license for operating:

  • Bulk liquid tankers
  • CMV equipped with air brakes
  • CMV with double or triple trailers
  • CMV carrying hazardous materials
  • Combination vehicles
  • Passenger transport vehicles

Skills Tests

After successfully passing knowledge tests, individuals qualify for on the road skills tests. Applicants may schedule skills tests anywhere from 24 hours to 60 days before the appointed test date. Drivers must demonstrate proper vehicle inspections prior to leaving, basic control of the vehicle and actual over-the-road driving skills. Drivers must test on the vehicle type for which they desire a license.

Vehicle inspection requires that the driver demonstrate the overall safety of the vehicle prior to departure. The basic control element of the test entails driving the vehicle forward, backward and turning within a specific area designated by barriers, cones or similar objects. The over-the-road test demonstrates the driver’s ability to properly and safely execute turns along with having knowledge of operating the vehicle on curved roads, grade variants, intersections and varied road types. Examiners instruct drivers as to the route of the test while supervising skills.

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