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The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development offices are closed to the public at this time. We are still open for business and encourage you to contact us via phone or email.

Get a Resident License

You must reside in Alaska to apply for a resident license.

Requirements

Take Exams

Schedule your exam(s) through our test administrator, PearsonVue.

See 2019 Exam Performance Summaries.

State Reciprocity Waiver

The exam requirement is waived when you apply for an Alaska resident license within 90 days of canceling a resident license in another state with the same lines of authority.

  • You will need to take the appropriate exams to add additional lines of authority.

Limited Lines Licenses

  • No exam is required for motor vehicle rental agency, travel, or portable electronics producer licenses.
  • Exams are required for title, bail bond, crop, portable electronics adjuster, and limited lines credit licenses.

Apply through NIPR

Apply and find rules and fees through NIPR.

Submit Fingerprints

Resident applicants are required to submit fingerprints for a background check.

You need to submit fingerprints when you are:

  • Seeking initial licensure
  • Changing a license from nonresident to resident status
  • Reinstating a license cancelled or expired more than 12 months

Get Fingerprints

  • Anchorage applicants – schedule online with PearsonVue or at (866) 761-8069 to get fingerprints at your exam center.
  • Other applicants - find an approved fingerprinter near you to make an FBI FD 258 fingerprint card.

Submit Fingerprints and Fee

  • Submit one fingerprint card, with a $48.25 fee for background check payable to the State of Alaska, to our mailing address at bottom of this page.

Change Resident State to Alaska

If you are moving to Alaska, hold a resident license in another state, and do not have an Alaska nonresident license:

  • Cancel previous resident license or change to nonresident status.
  • Submit paper application.
  • Submit Fingerprints - see fingerprint section above for instructions.
  • Exam requirement is waived when you apply for an Alaska resident license within 90 days of canceling a resident license in another state with the same lines of authority.

Convert Alaska Nonresident License to Resident

If you are moving to Alaska and already hold an Alaska nonresident license:

  • Cancel previous resident license or change to nonresident status.
  • Submit a State of Residency Change Form within 30 days to avoid incurring a late fee.
  • Submit Fingerprints - see fingerprint section above for instructions.
  • Exam requirement is waived when you apply for an Alaska resident license within 90 days of canceling a resident license in another state with the same lines of authority.