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More changes to Alabama drivers license services

First-time drivers, out-of-state drivers, and those needing road tests will have to wait.
Star to be required on driver's license

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — More changes have come to Alabama Driver's License offices.

On March 12, services were modified due to concerns over the coronavirus. On March 26, further revisions were made.

ALEA Driver License offices are closed to all public access, and staff will remain on-site to answer phones and assist with online services. The STAR ID (Alabama's REAL ID) enforcement deadline has been extended to October 1, 2021, which ALEA believes will relieve wait times at offices. 

During this closure, ALEA’s Driver License personnel will be making contact with customers who scheduled appointments for services prior to the pandemic.

Here's a list of what services Alabama citizens will or will not be able to do at this time:  

Customers will NOT be able to:

  • Obtain first-time issuance of DL/CDL or ID card
  • Take knowledge test (Learner’s License, Motorcycle, CDL)
  • Take road test
  • Transfer out-of-state license
  • Obtain foreign national/renewal
  • Register vessel – first-time registration or transfer
  • Obtain Ignition Interlock License

 Customers will be able to:

  • Renew DL/CDL/ID online
  • Renew by mail – for Alabama drivers out of state for military, employment, missionary work, under a physician’s care or other issues on a case-by-case basis
  • Request a hearing online or by mail/fax. They will not take any law enforcement actions until hearing can be held.
  • Change address by mail/email/fax. Address change document available online.
  • Change name by mail/email. Contact ALEA DL for instructions.
  • Renew hardship license
  • Have license reinstated by mail/email/phone. May use credit card.
  • Order MVR (driver history) by mail/email/phone. May use credit card.
  • Order crash reports by mail/email/phone. May use credit card.
  • Submit medical cards by fax/email
  • Submit medical unit forms – fax/email
  • Handle Mandatory Liability Insurance – online/mail
  • Renew vessel registration online

Once ALEA’s Driver License Division resumes normal operations, they say customers may schedule an appointment on the agency’s website to obtain a STAR ID and conduct other driver license business. In addition, Secretary Taylor would like to remind the public of the 60-day grace period for driver licenses (Code of Alabama, 32-6-1),  but customers who would like to renew during the pandemic are encouraged to do so online. Individuals whose driver licenses must be reinstated may contact the Driver License Division to handle it by phone.    

For more information on STAR ID, online renewals and other services, and the latest on Driver License Division office closures, please visit  www.alea.gov.

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