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You can apply for a new driver's license at any driver license office of the Alabama Department of Public Safety. Obtain an Alabama Driver's Manual to familiarize with the driving rules and regulations.
NEW DRIVERS AND FIRST TIME APPLICANTS
Following are the basic requirements for applying for an Alabama driver's license:
- Applicants must be atleast 15 years old for obtaining a learner's license. For a motorcycle license the minimum age is 14 years.
- Any individual under 19 should provide an acceptable school enrollment form or proof of graduation. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
- Everyone must pass the vision, written and driving tests. See Practice Tests and Driver's Manual for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
- Applicants must provide 2 acceptable proof of identification and proof of insurance.
Alabama residents holding a driver's license from another state may also need to pass the three tests. The written and/or driving tests may be waived at the discretion of the examiner. However, like other applicants, new residents must provide proof of identification, the out of state license and your social security card.
Non-US citizens residing in Alabama may apply for an Alabama driver's license, as long as they can provide proof that they are legally authorized to be in the United States and meet all the other requirements. However for the first year they can drive with a foreign driver's license and an international permit.
The cost for a non-commercial Alabama driver's license is $23 and the testing fee is $5.
The validity of an Alabama driver's license is 4 years from the date of issue. Licenses that are renewed after the date of expiry are valid for only three years.
With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Alabama with a learner's license from the age of 15 onwards. See more information on graduated license program here.
- See also Renewing Your License.
- For information on other types of licenses, see Commercial Driver's Licenses, Motorcycle Licenses.
- It is necessary to have active Auto Insurance in order to drive legally in Alabama.
- New drivers see our Driver Education , Driving Schools, Beginner Drivers and Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers sections.