Updated: September, 2017Summary of common traffic laws in Alaska – Speed limits, License Renewals, Learners Permits, Drunk Driving Laws, and more. For more information, visit the Alaska Highway Safety Office website.
In Alaska, the maximum speed limit for cars is 55 mph. The maximum highway speed for trucks is also 55 mph. Speed limits vary by state and, in some cases, county-by-county. Always observe posted traffic laws and drive safely for the weather and road conditions.
Alaska allows new drivers to get their learners permit at the age of 14. You must have your provisional license for a minimum of 6 months. Drivers can then get their intermediate license at 16. An Intermediate License imposes restricts on when you are allowed to drive and how many passengers are allowed in the car, but allows you to drive yourself without an instructor in the car.
In Alaska, drivers can obtain their full drivers license at the age of 16 years and 6 months.
Alaska requires you to renew your license every 5 years. If you are over a certain age, additional license renewal rules apply:
The state of Alaska enforces increased penalties for all violations within work zones. These increased penalties are known as Work Zone Enhancements. Work Zone Enhanced Penalties may be assessed even if workers are not currently present and working. In Alaska, Work Zone Enhacements are:
The legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is 0.08%. States often enforce more strict mandatory penalties for drivers above a certain BAC. In Alaska, driving with a BAC above 0.15% will trigger automatic enhanced minimum penalties.
Most states do not allow cellphone use while driving. In Alaska, hand-held devices such as phones and mp3 player are are not banned. Hands-free interaction with cellphones is allowed.
Texting while driving is banned in Alaska. Texting while driving is concidered a primary offense. This means that you can be pulled over with texting as the only offense. In Alaska, distracted driving is listed as a category on police crash report forms.
Alaska requires seabelt use. Seatbelt enforcement is concidered primary, meaning you can be pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt. The fine for a seatbelt law violation in Alaska is $15.00. Seatbelt use laws depend on the driving experience of the driver and which seat of the car a passenger is sitting in.