Alaska Statutes.
Title 28. Motor Vehicles
Chapter 15. Drivers' Licenses
Section 81. Examination of Applicants.
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AS 28.15.081. Examination of Applicants.

(a) The department shall examine every applicant for a driver's license. The examination must include a test of the applicant's (1) eyesight, (2) ability to read and understand official traffic control devices, (3) knowledge of safe driving practices, (4) knowledge of the effects of alcohol and drugs on drivers and the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, (5) knowledge of the laws on driving while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, inhalant, or controlled substance, (6) knowledge of the laws on financial responsibility and mandatory motor vehicle liability insurance, and (7) knowledge of the traffic laws and regulations of the state. The examination may include a demonstration of ability to exercise ordinary and reasonable control in the driving of a motor vehicle of the type and general class of vehicles for which the applicant seeks a license. However, an applicant who has not been previously issued a driver's license by this or another jurisdiction shall demonstrate ability and shall present medical information that the department reasonably requires to determine fitness to safely drive a motor vehicle of the type and general class of vehicles for which the applicant seeks a license.

(b) The commissioner shall adopt regulations under the procedures established by AS 44.62 necessary to implement this section and the department may obtain the services of, and consult with, medical authorities whose specialties relate to driving abilities for the purpose of making the medical determinations necessary under this section or AS 28.15.091 or 28.15.101. Regulations adopted under this section must be approved by a concurrent resolution adopted by majority vote of each house of the legislature before becoming effective. The requirements of the eyesight test under this section may also be satisfied by presenting the current certification of a licensed physician or optometrist that the applicant's vision meets or exceeds the standards established by the department. The commissioner shall request and receive assistance from the commissioner of health and social services in implementing this section.

(c) A requirement for a medical examination under this chapter is satisfied if the applicant is the holder of a current and valid first- or second-class medical certificate issued under federal aviation regulations and has satisfied any applicable requirement of the Department of Education and Early Development relating to tests for tuberculosis if applicable.

(d) The department may enter into agreements with other state agencies, municipalities, or qualified persons for the purpose of conducting the examinations required under this chapter.

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