Obtain New Drivers License

If you just started driving, or just moved from out of state, you will need a valid Alabama driver’s license to legally travel on the many roads that the state has to offer. There are a few different licenses available, each with their own requirements, but we will focus on the main Class D license. There are also a few steps, forms, and fees, to obtaining your new license.



To complete the application process for your drivers license, you will need to visit the Alabama Department of Public Safety office that is nearest to your home address.


The office will need 2 documents that verify your identification; one of which should have your photograph. 3 documents will be needed if at least one of your documents do not have a photograph.

You will need a document that provides your social security number. This document can either be your social security card or a tax form.

For drivers that are younger than 19 years of age, you will need a document that proves that you are enrolled in school or have graduated from school.


You will initially need to pay a $5 fee to cover both your written and visual exams. You can prepare for the written exam by studying the free Alabama driver handbook or completing several practice exams that cover the rules of the road.

When you are ready to take your driving exam, you will need to pay a $36.25 licensing fee. This fee does not need to paid immediately after you have passed your vision exam, written exam, and received your learner’s permit, only when you are ready to take the driving exam.


There are several people, under a variety of conditions, who are not required to obtain a driver’s license. These drivers include:

  • Drivers operating farm equipment
  • Drivers who are employed by the federal government and are operating vehicles that are owned, or leased, by the governmental agency
  • Drivers who meet specific non-resident situations


There are several people who will be ineligible for a driver’s license due to these reasons:

  • The driver is a teen driver who has not completed the Graduated Driver’s License process
  • The driver is under the age of 19 and does not have any proof of school enrollment or proof of graduation
  • The driver has an impairment that has been deemed as unsafe by an official
  • The driver has been deemed as a chronic alcohol or drug user by an official

If You Just Moved

If you are new to the state, then you must obtain an Alabama driver’s license within 30 days of moving to the state. Unless your license has been expired for over 1 year, then you will not need to complete another driving exam. However, you will need to complete a vision exam and relinquish your out-of-state driver’s license. Depending on the requirements of the specific DPS examiner, you may be required to complete several additional exams, but this is at their discretion.


Welcome to your new home. There are many great sight to see and places to visit in this state, but you will need your own valid driver’s license if you are planning on driving to them. By preparing yourself, through these useful steps, you will be one step closer to obtaining your license and traveling the roads of the state. If you have any remaining questions, feel free to contact the DPS office that is nearest to you.