To obtain an Alaska CDL, or Commercial Driver’s License, you must meet all of the requirements set forth by the Alaska Department of Administration Division of Motor Vehicles. Make sure you fully read the Alaska CDL manual to answer all questions, and if you require further information contact your local DMV office.
Alaska CDL Requirements:
To qualify for an Alaska CDL, you must be an Alaska resident. Those who will be driving intrastate roads must be at least 19 years of age to quality for a CDL, while those who are driving on interstate roads must be at least 21 years of age. All applicants for a CDL of any class must have held a state-issued driver’s license for at least one-year. According to the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles, all persons who plan on operating a vehicle weighing more than 26,001 pounds or carrying 16 or more passengers must apply for an Alaska CDL.
Steps to Get an Alaska CDL:
The first step to obtain a Alaska Commercial Driver’s License is to fill out the CDL application, available at any Alaska DMV office. As of 2010, applicants must provide their social security number and pay a $100 CDL application fee.
Once you have done this, you must then schedule a road test after reviewing the Alaska Commercial Driver License Manual. A professional driving class is not required to take the road test; however, it is suggested to complete a CDL driving program so you are better prepared for the skills test.
To schedule a road test, contact your local DMV office or set up an appointment by accessing the Alaska DMV website, and navigating your browser to their Online Services, which will let you schedule a road test at your local DMV office. Those who live in Anchorage, must take their road test at the Center for Employment Education (CEE), which can be reached at 279-8451. As of 2010, the road test requires a $25 fee.
If you are planning on transporting hazardous waste, you will be required to apply for an Endorsement H CDL, which requires a criminal background check.
Alaska CDL Endorsement Codes and Requirements:
Class H Required Tests: Knowledge Exam and Background Check.
Class N Required Tests: Knowledge Exam (hauling bulk liquids)
Class P Required Tests: Knowledge Exam and Road Skill Test (Specifically in transporting 15 or more passengers)
Class S Required Tests: Knowledge Exam and Road Skill Test (School Bus)
Class T Required Tests: Knowledge Exam for Triple or Double Trailers
Class X Required Tests: Knowledge Exam, Background Check. This class is a combination of both H and N CDL endorsements.
Alaska Department of Administration: Division of Motor Vehicles – Commercial Driver License
Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles: Application for Commercial Driver License
Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles: Commercial Driver License Manual