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Before you get rolling to Tuscaloosa to shout "Roll Tide" you'll want to know everything there is to know about the roads in the heart of dixie. If you are looking to obtain a standard license or renew an old one you’ll have to go through testing, but not to worry. We’ve got the information you need to pass your permit or driver's license test with flying colors. These include DMV practice tests that contain similar questions of those you will face. There are introductory tests, including sign identification (which can be trickier than you think) and a brush up course for seniors featuring some of the changes to fines, limits, and regulations over the years. You can also prep for your motorcycle license, look over handbooks, and get a step-by-step checklist of what you need when headed into your written test.

If you want to move machine parts through a state that exports more than $20 Billion in goods every year, you'll need an Alabama commercial driver's license (CDL). In the great state of Alabama, that means you’ll be required to pay a fee of $36.25 – $66.25 depending on the class of vehicle, in addition to a learning permit testing fee of $25 and a skill testing fee of $20. So be prepared to spend around $100 on this endeavor. In addition, they require a medical form that says you are healthy enough to be on the road in a commercial vehicle. The official tests can be tricky so we recommend looking over our free CDL practice tests before heading over to the DMV. The official tests contain between 50 – 70 questions depending on the class of vehicle and then an additional 20 – 35 when getting in the specifics of what you are planning to drive – be it any endorsement, like a school bus or tank vehicle. We've got questions covering passenger and school busses, doubles/triples, tank vehicles, hazardous materials, or air brake restriction removal. Start studying today!

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Alabama Driver's License: When You Can Apply

AgeType of LicensePrerequisites
15+ (First Timers)Learner LicensePass a Knowledge Test and a Vision Test.
16+ (Learner License Holders)Restricted LicensePass a Road Skills Exam.
16+ (First Timers)Full (Adult) LicenseMust be married and the head of a household. Also pass a Knowledge Test, a Vision Test, and a Road Skills Exam.
18+ (First Timers)Full (Adult) LicensePass a Knowledge Test, a Vision Test, and a Road Skills Exam.
16+ (Learner License Holders)Full (Adult) LicenseMust be married and the head of a household. Also pass a Road Skills Exam.
18+ (Learner License Holders)Full (Adult) LicensePass a Road Skills Exam.
17+ (Restricted License Holders)Full (Adult) LicenseMust have held Restricted License for 6 months.
18+ (Restricted License Holders)Full (Adult) LicenseNone.

Note 1: If you are under 18 years of age, you must obtain consent from your parents or guardians before you may apply for any type of license.

Note 2: If you are under 19 years of age, you must be enrolled in or have graduated from secondary school or have obtained a GED before you may apply for any type of license.

Note 3: If more than one line of this table applies to you, you can choose either option unless otherwise specified.

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Alabama Driver's License & Permit FAQ

How Can I Apply for my AL Driver's License? Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What age must I be before I can apply for my permit in Alabama?

    In Alabama, you must be 15 or older to apply for your permit.
  • What documents will I be required to have when I go to apply for my license in Alabama?

    The documents you bring to the DMV office should prove your identity & date of birth, social security number and proof of address. To prove your identity bring at least one of the following:
    • Valid, unexpired US Passport
    • Certified Birth Certificate
    • Certificate of Citizenship
    • Valid Permanent Resident Card
    • Unexpired employment authorization document
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad
    To prove your Social Security Number bring at least one of the following:
    • Social Security Card
    • A certified letter from the Social Security Administration stating the person’s name and Social Security Number
    • W-2 Tax Form
    • Medicare/Medicaid Card (if SS# IS FOLLOWED BY THE LETTER A)
    To prove your address, bring at least 2 of the following:
    • Voter Registration Card
    • School Enrollment Documentation
    • Social Security Benefits statements/summary mailed to physical address
    • Utility bill less than 90 days old
    • Proof of payment of residential property tax.
  • Where is the nearest place I can go to apply for a driver's license in Alabama?

    Your local Alabama public safety office, otherwise known as DMV office, is the place to go when you are ready to apply for your license. If you need additional help finding your local office, log onto
  • Is it easy to contact my nearest Alabama DMV office?

    It absolutely is! Any Alabama DMV office will be pleased to assist you. Just call (334)242-4400 or email for any questions or concerns.
  • Who is allowed to bring me for my permit test in Alabama?

    Any valid licensed driver age 21 or older may bring you. This could be a parent, legal guardian, sibling, neighbor, driving instructor, or any licensed driver you can trust.
  • Is a physical required in order to get a permit in Alabama?

    A physical examination isn’t required when getting your license in Alabama. Keep in mind however, if you are afflicted with a mental or physical impairment, an examiner officer has the authority to deem you unfit for driving.
  • Is a vision test necessary when I go to apply for my Alabama driver's license?

    Of course it is. You must be tested on how well you can see. If you wear corrective lenses, you should wear them during the exam.
  • Where do I get a photo for my Alabama driver's license taken?

    The state of Alabama uses their own photography system for driver licenses. Alabama also has a newly introduced Star ID system that has been put into effect for the purposes of reducing fraud and fighting terrorism. To find out more about this new system visit this page
  • What happens after I apply for my Alabama license?

    Your next steps are simple once you have applied for your license and have obtained your permit. If you are under age 18, you must wait at least 6 months before scheduling a road test. Make certain you acquire at least 30 hours of behind the wheel training before scheduling your road test. If you are over age 18, you may schedule your road test whenever you are ready without having to meet the above requirements.
  • Do I need to put up hair when taking driver's license photo?

    You may wear your hair the same way you would normally wear it; however, it should not be covering your face or your eyes. The purpose of the photo is to be able to identify who you really are. Besides, you would not want to hide that amazing face!
  • What make-up to wear when I get my AL driver's license picture taken?

    Wear your normal make-up; however, the less make-up the better. As long as you are not wearing so much make-up to where you are unrecognizable, you will be fine!
  • Why is it best not to smile when taking your drivers license picture?

    Some states are moving towards face recognition technology that will be able to uniquely identify each individual. A straight face on the photo helps distinguish who you really are. This is all in an effort to stop fraud.
  • What are some tips for getting the best out of the driver's license picture?

    Look straight into the camera and keep a calm and relaxed face!
  • I have a question that's not answered above. What do I do?

    If you can't find the answer to your question above, please use our Beginner Driver Q & A Section to get a professional answer from our experts! If you need any further assistance, you're welcome to contact us directly at
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