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Every person who operates a motor vehicle on Alaska streets and highways must have a valid Alaska driver’s license or learner’s permit. A vision test is required of each driver before any license or permit is issued. The AK DMV written test covers the information found in the Alaska Driver's Manual, including traffic laws, road rules, safe driving practices, and road signs. The knowledge test consists of 20 questions. To pass the written test, you must score 80% or higher (at least 16 correct answers).
1. A traffic light turns yellow as you enter an intersection. You should:
proceed with caution.
stop and back up.
stop as quickly as possible.
increase your speed.
2. When you reach an intersection with a stop sign, you should:
follow the vehicle ahead of you.
stop, look right, then left, then right again.
stop, look left, then right, then left again.
check your rearview mirror, look left, then right, then proceed.
3. When passing another vehicle:
pass the vehicle as safely and as quickly as possible.
honk your horn repeatedly to warn the other driver.
there is no need to signal.
you can exceed the posted speed limit.
4. A yellow arrow means:
The same as a steady yellow light.
If you intend to turn in the direction of the arrow, be prepared to stop.
Do not go in the direction of the arrow.
None of the above.
5. When you see a flashing red ball, you should:
proceed as if it were a stop sign.
look in all directions for approaching traffic and pedestrians and proceed only when it is safe to do so.
come to a complete stop.
All of the above.
6. This sign is a:
warning sign
regulatory sign.
stop sign.
warning sign.
guide sign.
7. For protection, motorcyclists are required to:
signal turns, lane changes and stops.
wear approved helmets.
keep their headlights and taillights on at all times.
None of the above.
8. You are coming to an intersection and have a green light. Pedestrians are crossing against the red. You should:
claim your right-of-way and proceed with caution.
honk your horn.
speed up and pass in front of the pedestrians.
stop to let pedestrians cross safely.
9. What should you do in case of a steering failure?
Call an ambulance.
Don't panic. Turn on your emergency lights to let other drivers know you are having car problems. Move toward the side of the road and bring the car to a gradual stop.
Pump your gas pedal a few times to increase the pressure.
Leave the road immediately.
10. This road sign means:
side road sign
Sharp right turn.
Side Road.
Merging traffic.
All traffic must go straight ahead.
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AK DMV Permit Test Facts

Number of questions: 20
Correct answers to pass:16
Passing score:80%
Minimum age to apply: 14
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