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

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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.


Following are the basic requirements for applying for an Alabama driver's license:

  1. Applicants must be atleast 15 years old for obtaining a learner's license. For a motorcycle license the minimum age is 14 years.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


Submitted by Suemcc on 18th Oct 2014

What forms of payment are

What forms of payment are accepted?

Submitted by annacecil 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 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 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 on 2nd Sep 2009

how much is to get your

how much is to get your permit

Submitted by AmandaMarie_91 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 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.