July 17, 2014
Alabama Farmers Federation members may soon need to apply for a new driver’s license.
Starting Dec. 1, people born after Dec. 1, 1964, will be required to have a Secure, Trusted and Reliable Identification, or STAR, ID for domestic flights and entrance to certain regulated federal facilities. People born before Dec. 1, 1964 have until Dec. 1, 2017, to comply with the regulations.
“This new requirement will affect a lot of active Federation members who travel frequently,” said Alabama Farmers Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan. “Members who meet the age requirement for the Dec. 1 deadline and plan to attend the 2015 American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting in California or next year’s Washington Legislative Conference should consider starting this process to ensure easy and safe travels.”
A valid U.S. passport may be accepted in place of a STAR ID for domestic flights and entering federal buildings.
Residents cannot obtain the STAR ID at county probate offices. Instead, the new license is issued by the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS) Driver’s License Examining Offices in each county.
A birth certificate, Social Security card and two documents verifying place of residence are required to apply. The cost is the same as an Alabama driver’s license or non-driver ID: $23.50 for a renewal and $18.50 for a duplicate.
The new license is required by the REAL ID Act of 2005. While the act includes the 2014 and 2017 deadlines, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced it will implement enforcement no sooner than 2016.
For more details, call 877-567-1045 or visit the DPS website at dps.alabama.gov.