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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 28. Motor Vehicles
- Chapter 15. Drivers' Licenses
- Section 51. Instruction Permit, Temporary Driver's License, and Special Driver's Permit.
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AS 28.15.051. Instruction Permit, Temporary Driver's License, and Special Driver's Permit.
- (a) Except as provided in (b) of this section, a person who is at least 14 years of age may apply to the department for an
instruction permit. The department may, after the applicant has successfully passed all parts of the examination under
other than the driving test, issue to the applicant an instruction permit. The permit allows a person, while having
the permit in the person's immediate possession, to drive a specified type or class of motor vehicle on a highway or
vehicular way or area for a period not to exceed two years. The permittee shall be accompanied by a person at least 21
years of age who has been licensed at least one year to drive the type or class of vehicle being used, who is capable
of exercising control over the vehicle and who occupies a seat beside the driver, or who accompanies and immediately
supervises the driver when the permittee drives a motorcycle. An instruction permit may be renewed one time. Once a license is
issued to drive a specified type or class of motor vehicle, a driver is not eligible to obtain an instructional permit for that
specified type or class of motor vehicle.
- (b) The department, upon receiving proper application, may issue a restricted instruction permit effective for a school
year or for a more restricted period to an applicant who is at least 14 years of age and who is enrolled in a driver
education program that includes practice driving and is approved by the department. The restricted instruction permit
allows the permittee, when the permittee has the permit in the permittee's immediate possession, to drive a specified
type or class of motor vehicle; however, an approved instructor must occupy a seat beside the permittee or, if the
permittee is driving a motorcycle, the permittee must be accompanied by and under the immediate supervision of an
- (c) The department may issue a temporary driver's license to an applicant for a driver's license permitting the applicant
to drive a specified type or class of motor vehicle while the department is completing its investigation and
determination of all facts relative to the applicant's eligibility to receive a driver's license. The temporary license
must be in the applicant's immediate possession while the applicant is driving a motor vehicle. A temporary driver's
license is invalid when the applicant's license has been issued or has been refused for good cause.
- (d) The department may issue a special driver's permit to a person who is at least 14 years of age with the consent of the
person's parents, guardians, or spouse who is 18 years of age or older, for the purpose of driving a motor-driven
cycle. This permit may be issued upon application and successful completion of all prescribed tests and fees, and is
valid for the same period of time as a driver's license. The permit is not valid in a municipality that by ordinance
prohibits the driving of a motor-driven cycle by a person under the age of 16 years; a borough may adopt the ordinance
on a nonareawide basis only, unless the power to adopt it on an areawide basis is acquired under AS 29.35.300 - 29.35.330 or former AS 29.33.250
- (e) Notwithstanding other provisions of this chapter, the department may issue a special driver's license to a person who
is under the age of 16 years because of the circumstances of hardship. Special licenses to be issued because of
hardship shall be determined on an individual basis by the commissioner.
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