Obtaining A New Alabama Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Alabama? The Driver License Division (DLD) has a process in place for getting a driverse license, which requires exams and documentation. We've collected up-to-date information, and links to useful resources, to help save you time when going through the process. Select from the options below to get started. 

1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DLD related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DLD offices or websites, you will receive value added products such as a comprehensive Easy Guide containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DLD forms and/or provide links to DLD online services. You will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DLD in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DLD.

3: Via a DLD office

If you prefer to access DLD services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DLD office location. Varying DLD offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DLD closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DLD allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.

Anyone seeking a new Alabama drivers license must visit their local Driver License office. There they will find all the material needed to study along with requirements needed to meet to obtain a new license. For a more detailed online checklist of what you'll need and what you'll need to do when obtaining your new driver's license, click here.

Types of Alabama Licenses
There are many different types of licenses available at the Driver License office. An Alabama drivers license applicant should recognize the different types of license available, and which one they require before applying for a new Alabama drivers license.

  • A Class D license is a license for all drivers restricted or unrestricted ages 17 and older.
  • A Class MB license is for motorcycle drivers who are either 14 or 15 years of age.
  • A Class M license is for motorcycle drivers ages 16 and older.
  • Class A, B and C licenses are for commercial vehicles driven by those ages 18 and older.

Alabama Graduated Drivers License System
The Graduated Drivers License (GDL) system pertains to three grades of license for new drivers. The driver must pass these three grades in order to be issued a full drivers license.

  • Stage I Learners Permit: Drivers given a Stage I learners permit must be a minimum age of 15 years and 1 month. They must have held their permit for at least six months and have reached the age of 16 before moving to the next level, a restricted license. In order for a driver to graduate to a restricted drivers license, the driver must practice driving only with a licensed person over 21, or a registered instructor who is seated in the passenger's seat.
  • Stage II Restricted License: This license is issued to drivers 16 years of age and older. The driver will need to have passed the drivers license test, although there are restrictions once the restricted license is given. The driver may not drive between midnight and 6 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent or a licensed driver over 21 years of age with parental permission. The driver may not have more than one passenger in the vehicle other than a parent or family member. The driver is also not allowed to use any handheld device while driving.
  • Stage III Unrestricted Regular Drivers License: This license is issued to drivers who have either reached the age of 17 years and 2 months and have held a Stage II license for six months or have reached the age of 18 and have passed the road skills test. Permission must be granted from a parent or guardian to drive unaccompanied.

Passing The Alabama Drivers License Test
It is an Alabama DLD drivers license requirement that all applicants seeking an Alabama drivers license in the form of a Stage II license must take a driving test. Applicants seeking to earn an Alabama drivers license must make an appointment.

If drivers pass their driving test, they will be required to pay a licensing fee of $23.50 and have a photo taken. A driver who passes the test will be issued a 30-day temporary license.

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are relocating to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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