Just in time for the new immigration law, Governor Robert Bentley and other officials roll out a new driver’s license program. Bentley said Thursday, “It makes their license very similar to a passport.”
The new driver’s license is supposed to comply with federal requirements for more secure identification.
It’s called STAR I.D., short for “Secure Trusted and Reliable.” It will look like a regular driver’s license with a gold star in the upper left corner.
You won’t be able to get them at the probate judges’ offices like you have in the past. These will only be issued at those already crowded driver license examining offices. And you’ll need more than one form of ID to get it.
A list of documents can be found on our website at www.dps.alabama.gov
Included in the documents to verify identity and date of birth are:
For U.S. Citizens:
•Valid, unexpired U.S. passport
•Original or certified copy of birth certificate
•Consular Report of Birth Abroad
•Certificate of Naturalization issued by Department of Homeland Security
•Certificate of Citizenship issued by DHS
For cases where the current name and the name on the primary identity document are different, you should also bring:
•Court ordered name change document
•Marriage certificate, issued by the courts and/or
•Divorce decree, issued by the courts
•Valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card – I-551 for Lawful Permanent Residents
•Valid Passport for non-immigrants except for asylum applicants and refugees
•Other government issued document showing your full name
•Department of Homeland Security document showing proof of lawful presence
•If your name has changed by marriage/divorce, you must have your name changed on your Citizen and Immigration Services (CIS) documents.
Both Citizens and Non-Citizens will need to bring:
•Your Social Security Card or proof of your Social Security Number
•Two documents that show your principal residence
The driver’s licenses will be available starting in Montgomery, Autauga and Chilton County next week. It will be implemented statewide next year.
All current Alabama Driver Licenses and ID cards will be accepted for official federal purposes until December 1, 2014.
The Public Safety website explains this is part of the REAL ID Act of 2005. “In addition to the standard requirements of the Alabama Department of Public Safety, those who select STAR I.D. will be required to present additional documents specified by the REAL ID Act of 2005. Upon presenting these documents and fulfilling the issuance procedures required, these applicants will receive an Alabama STAR I.D., which will serve as valid identification for official federal government purposes.”