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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Alabama

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Obtaining an Alabama drivers license involves following certain guidelines set up by the AL Department of Public Safety (DPS). A drivers license in Alabama also serves as official documentation, accepted by a number of government agencies. To apply for drivers licenses, you need to meet the requirements set by the Alabama DPS. Drivers education classes are also available options new drivers who want to get drivers licenses.

Did you know? 50 percent of new drivers fail the written drivers test on their first try. Avoid this by taking our practice permit tests to prepare yourself for the actual DMV written exam.

How to Apply for an Alabama Driver's License:

  • Visit an AL DPS location.
  • Take a vision exam.
  • Present the required documentation.
  • Take and pass the written DMV test.
  • Pass the driving test.
  • Pay the AL drivers license fees.

Find out more information on how to get Alabama drivers license by reviewing the sections below.

Types of Drivers Licenses in Alabama

Alabama residents who want to apply for new drivers license need to contact a DPS office to begin the application process. The state currently offers regular drivers licenses as well as CDL licenses to those who qualify. Other available driving license endorsements include the following:

  • Class A drivers license - Issued to drivers who operate a combination of vehicles with a weight of 26,001 pounds or more (GCWR).
  • Class B drivers license - Issued to drivers of any single vehicle with a weight of 26,001 pounds or more (GVWR).
  • Class C drivers license - Issued to drivers of any single vehicle or combination of vehicles, that do not belong to either Class A or Class B..
  • Class D drivers license - Issued to regular drivers.
  • Class M motorcycle license - Issued to drivers who operate motorcycles.
  • Class V drivers license - Issued to drivers who operate water vessels.

First-Time Driver (Under 18) in Alabama

Alabama residents who want to operate motor vehicles can complete the first required step by fulfilling drivers license application process. The first step in the process is obtaining a learners permit, made available to those who are younger than 18. Note that certain requirements are set by the Alabama Department of Public Safety for minors operating motor vehicles.

For more information, visit our Learner's Permit page.

Alabama New Drivers (Over 18)

New adult Alabama drivers license holders must pass a written drivers test as part of the requirements set by the AL Department of Public Safety.

AL Driver's Study Guide and Driver's Practice Test

Alabama drivers license applicants older than 18 years of age can prepare for the written drivers test by taking practice tests first. Our Alabama learners permit practice tests are created with the sole purpose of helping you get ready for the actual written test. The practice tests contain similar questions to those that you will face on the exam day.

How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in AL

To get Alabama drivers licenses, you must make a visit to your local AL DPS office. When preparing for your visit, bring with you the following documentation:

  • Two proofs of identification that contain a photograph (or three proofs of non-photo identification).
  • Your Social Security card.
  • Proof of school graduation (or school enrollment).
  • Proof of car insurance.
  • Payment for any applicable fees.

AL Drivers License Eligibility Requirements

Alabama drivers licenses are available to residents who are 16 years of age and older. In addition to submitting necessary documentation, you must also pass a road skills exam at your nearby AL DPS office.

AL Written/Driving Test

One of the basic requirements to obtain a drivers licenses in Alabama is to pass the written drivers test. Beginner drivers who apply for learners permit may complete an approved drivers education course before applying or taking the AL DPS written drivers test. You can also take our online practice driving tests, so you have a full overview of the questions you can expect on the actual written DMV test.

AL Driving Test

The Alabama driving (road) test is the final exam to getting full driving privileges. You will be examined on how well you perform the following maneuvers:

  • Signaling.
  • Observing traffic signs and signals.
  • Making right and left turns.
  • Backing the vehicle.
  • Making the vehicle come to a quick stop.
  • Having complete control over the vehicle.
  • Knowing how to make a three-point turn.
  • Using lanes.

For the AL driving test, drivers must provide their own motor vehicle, fully insured and registered. Upon passing the driving test and paying the required fee, a temporary license will be issued to you, good for 30 days. Thereafter, you can expect to receive your permanent Alabama drivers license in the mail.

New Alabama Resident

New drivers license applicants, who have recently moved to Alabama, are required to submit a drivers license application within 30 days. If they have an out-of-state drivers license, they can use it for only the first 30 days. Thereafter, you will be required to surrender your out-of-state license and apply for an Alabama drivers license. Gather the following documentation with you for your DMV visit:

  • Your out-of-state drivers license.
  • Your Social Security Card.
  • Proof from the list of primary documents for identification.
  • Proof of school graduation or enrollment.
  • Payment for any required fees.

Replace Drivers License in Alabama

In the event that your Alabama drivers license has been damaged, lost or stolen, you must then apply for drivers license replacement at your Probate Judge or License Commissioner Office With proper proof of identification on hand, you will not be required to retake any exam. For detailed information about the process to get a duplicate drivers license, click here.

Locate a DMV in Alabama

Search our Alabama DPS locations page in order to find the nearest DMV office in your area. You will find the contact details of every DMV location, as well as their office hours and phone numbers.

Submitted by Suemcc on 18th Oct 2014

What forms of payment are

What forms of payment are accepted?

Submitted by annacecil (not verified) on 10th Oct 2012

I am a military spouse and I

I am a military spouse and I have an out of state license. I have recently misplaced my license and now I need to get a new one. If I can provide you with the license number along with ss card and militarty id is that sufficient information. Thank you.

Submitted by Dantehj (not verified) on 12th Sep 2012

If you are over the age of

If you are over the age of 21, do you still have to wait 6 months with a permit before being able to take the road test for your license?

Submitted by AmandaMarie_91 (not verified) on 20th Mar 2010

i live in new york right now

i live in new york right now but in july i am movin to alabama... ill be 19 and i have my permit in new york but do i have to retake the written test when i move or what do i have to do...could you please email me and let me know... ...

thank you


Submitted by baller (not verified) on 3rd Sep 2009

how much is to get your

how much is to get your permit

Submitted by AmandaMarie_91 (not verified) on 20th Mar 2010

the site tells 5 to

the site tells 5 to take the written test (permt) and 23.50 for road test (license)

Submitted by Gracie Faye Cotney (not verified) on 28th Feb 2009

I would like to make a change

I would like to make a change in the restrictions section on my Alabama driver license. If a form is required that is not in the data base for changes please mail the form to my home address:

Gracie Faye Cotney

1976 22nd Avenue S.W.

Lanett, AL 36863

I have had corrective eye surgery and I am no longer restircted to corrective lenses as is stated on my current driver license.

Respectively Submitted,

Gracie Faye Cotney

Note: I am not able to go to the local DMV office very easily since I am the full time care giver to my husband who is of permanet disability status and requires my care daily.