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

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.

NOTE: 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 Alabama 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.

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