(The following are excerpts from the Alabama Driver’s Manual)

License Requirements

Every Alabama resident who operates any motor vehicle (except a farm tractor or implement of husbandry temporarily upon any street or highway) must have a driver license. All applicants who have not been licensed in Alabama or whose Alabama license has been expired for over three years must pass the required drivers examination. A holder of an out of state license which has not been expired over one year does not have to pass a driver examination.

Who Cannot Be Licensed

An Alabama driver license shall not be issued to:

  • Persons under 16 years of age.
  • Any person whose driving rights or privilege is suspended or revoked
    in any state.
  • Any person afflicted with or suffering from a physical or mental impairment which, in the opinion of the Director of Public Safety or examining officer, will prevent such person from exercising reasonable and ordinary control over a motor vehicle.
  • Any person failing to pass the examination when required.
  • Any person who is a habitual drunkard or addicted to the use of narcotic drugs.
  • Any person who is under the age of 19 that is not in compliance with Alabama Act 93-368, which requires secondarycurrent attendance, with limited exclusions.

Authorized Presense

All applicants for an original Alabama driver license or identification card must submit proof of authorized presence in the United States as authorized under federal law. This will help us safeguard the accuracy and integrity of Department of Public Safety documents and reduce the high cost involved as a result of using fraudulent identification in obtaining goods and services.

identification requirements

Applicants for an Alabama Driver License or Identification card must:

  1. Present two (2) forms of identification, at least one of which contains a photograph, (one form must be from the “Primary Listing”).
  2. Present three (3) forms of non-photo identification (one form must be from the “Primary Listing”).
  3. Applicants transferring an Out of State driver license must present their Out of State driver license, Social Security card (or one of the other acceptable documents for social security numAnDother form from the “Primary Listing”.

A complete list of all requirements is included in the $CSLINK.

Knowledge Test

The fee for each knowledge test is $5.00, no checks accepted. This test contains questions on Alabama traffic laws, road signs, and rules of safe driving. The test will be taken from material found in this booklet. This manual can also be found in digital format on the DPS web site at http://www.dps.alabama.gov. If you are applying for a learner’s license and pass the knowldege test, the examiner will issue your learner’s license upon payment of the required fee.

If you are applying for a regular driver license and pass the road test, you will be issued your driver license upon payment of the required fee If you are applying for a motor driven cycle license and a learner’s license, you will be required to take both the motor driven cycle and the learner’s license examination.

If you are applying for a motor driven cycle or a motorcycle license, you will need to study the material found in the motorcycle manual. You may pick this manual up at a Driver License Examining Station, State Trooper Office, Probate Judge or License Commissioner Office. Automated testing is available to all applicants taking the driver license knowledge test.

The Road Test

The road test is the final step toward qualifying for the privilege of driving on public streets and highways. A Department of Public Safety driver license examiner will administer the road test. You must furnish a vehicle for the road test. Sixteen year old applicants must be accompanied by a parent
or guardian. A seventeen year old applicant doesn’t have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The examiner will check the vehicle before the test begins. It must be in safe operating condition and have the required equipment or the road test will not be administered. You must furnish a vehicle with required documents, proof of insurance and vehicle registration, for the road test. The equipment required for the examination includes rear view mirror, horn, windshield wipers, two separate methods of applying brakes, muffler, headlights, rear tail lights, valid license plate, stop light, directional signals, seat belts, and, if applicable, window tint compliance sticker. The license examiner may refuse to give the road test in event of hazardous weather, road conditions or an inability to effectively communicate.

The driving test will determine your ability to operate a motor vehicle properly under traffic conditions.

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