New STAR ID Program Hits Alabama

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Residents who meet the requirements for an Alabama driver's license or ID will soon get the opportunity to go a step beyond the standard requirements and obtain a Star ID.

Thursday people who live in Alabama got a chance to see what their new state ID or driver's license will soon look like.

It's called Star ID, which stands for "Secure Trusted and Reliable."

Officials say the new Star ID licenses will only be issued at driver's license examining offices, and more than one form of identification will be required to obtain one.

The new IDs will be available in Montgomery, Autauga and Chilton counties beginning Monday, October 3rd and statewide after the first of the year.

Now the Star ID program is separate from the state's new immigration law.

So what can you expect when you head to the driver's license office now as far as the immigration law is concerned?

"There's not going to be any changes affecting our driver license program, it's going to be business as usual. We have always required certain documentation on immigrants and foreign nationals we've been doing this for years," said Alabama State Trooper Kevin Cook.

and just a reminder on the documents you need if you're a teenager.

"If you're under the age of 19 and you're coming to get your drivers license, you have to have proof of school enrollment, birth certificate and social security card," said Cook.

And for adults?

"A certified U.S. birth certificate, U.S, passport or Alabama identification card resident alien card, if you're an immigrant or foreign national," said Cook.

Military folks also need to keep a few things in mind.

"The new military ID cards don't have your social security number on it so you have to bring your social security card also or your dd-214," said Cook.

Officials say the Star ID acts like a passport when you fly.

Now all current Alabama driver licenses and ID cards will be accepted for official federal purposes until December 1, 2014.

Again Dothan and surrounding areas won't get the Star ID option until next year.

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