Sex Predator Driver License

By: Rayne McKenzie Email
By: Rayne McKenzie Email

Sexual predators in Alabama now will be marked for life on their driver's license. The new law went into effect in September of 2006, and law enforcement officers are starting to see the new look on the roadways.

The change is helping law enforcement officers identify anyone who has been convicted of a sexual offense. The prominent mark on the license is also designed to alert employers of a future employee’s background before any hiring arrangements are made.

Sexual offenders in Alabama now have to comply with a new state law. The law was passed in 2005 and is now being implemented throughout the state.

Cpl. Jessie Williams with the Dothan Driver's License District said, "Effective September 21, every convicted sex offender has to have a designated license and they're required to carry them with them at all times."

The new license has the words written in red, bold letters on the front of the license. Driver's license officials say many people have already started complying with the law.

Williams said, "On most occurrences the applicant will say they need a license to comply with the law and we check with the ABI to make sure they're on the list."

And if sexual offenders choose not to register for the new license, they face serious penalties.

Williams added, "Failure to do that person would make a person guilty of a Class C felony."

That means a sexual offender who fails to get a new license with the new mark could spend up to 10 years in jail and be fined up to $15,000.

State driver's license officials say the mark will be hard to miss.


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  • by Sue Location: Alabama on Aug 1, 2007 at 02:24 PM
    It is sad that there is so much ignorance in the world that we would all be led astray by the legislators who inact laws in order to earn more dollars for their supposed laws that will protect your children. What a farce!!! Do any of you who believe that these laws will predict or even prevent crimes know that you are being taken to the bank! All you're getting is a false sence of protection. These laws will do nothing but chip away at your freedoms. Get educated, dont leave the care of your children in the hands of the state. They dont care about them the way that you do. Keep them close, dont let them stray, dont trust anyone but those you know intimately. Never ever let them at age 6 go to a toy department by themselves, Like Adam Walsh's mother did. And Countless others who did not know when their child was taken because they wer'ent in their sight. Never let your children out of your sight! Even to a toy Dept.
  • by carolyn Location: hartford on Jul 30, 2007 at 09:10 AM
    How else can an offender be identified ? One certainly can't identify a sexual predator by his/her looks. It's sad that things have reached this point, but children need as much protection as they can get. However, and very unfortunately many parents are unconcerned about day to day dangers which instead of trying to prevent, they perpetuate
  • by cc Location: alabama on Jul 30, 2007 at 07:27 AM
    I think that is a good idea to do that to ones who are reg, but you need to think of someway to make sure they are all reg. My EXHUSBAND is not reg. I have checked on the sex offenders list for alabama he is not on it. He has been charged with it twice. Once in 1990 and now again in 2007. How many more times does he have to do this to make the list.
  • by Melinda Location: Indiana on Jul 29, 2007 at 11:54 AM
    Why stop at these types of offences? why just mark someones ID for a sex offense? I for one would like to know if someone has been caught drinking and driving or perhaps murdered someone or if they have ever stolen anything and been convicted of anything!!!! Why stop at one offense????? There are so many crimes why not just label everyone for life??????
  • by john Location: smith on Jul 29, 2007 at 09:59 AM
    they made the choice to do what they have done now it is time for them to take responsibility ! ...how can you possibly take responsibilty for something that maybe happened years after their crime! this is just another illegal after the fact punishment specifically banned by the verry law you are on your high horse about!
  • by john Location: smith on Jul 29, 2007 at 09:56 AM
    what a crock! nothing but a recreation of the star of david forced on jews during WWII and just as immoral and illegal as it was then. also not sure just how legal it is for force someone to carry "ID Papers" at all times in this country.
  • by S.S. Location: Alabama on Jul 28, 2007 at 05:17 PM
    I am scared for my children. Single mom with three children. My oldest is driving. I can see this happening. I stop pick up a pack of cigarettes. The clerk ask for my ID. My other two children are in the back seat. Police stop me a short bit later, and all heck breaks loose, or better yet vigilante reaction with myself and my children watching. I am a registered sex offender. I have had custody of my children for 8 years. I have got on with my life. This is a Scarlett Letter, and based off the fear of all sex offenders being predators and repeat offenders. But they aren't. If you check the Department of Justice statistics, the recidivism rate is lower than any other offense out there. And better yet, there's a very small percent that are considered predators. The offenses range from peeing on the sidewalk, to consensual sex between married couples, who got caught in their vehicle to mooning someone, the list goes on and on. Everyone is grouped into one category.
  • by Anonymous Location: Ozark on Jul 28, 2007 at 06:51 AM
    they made the choice to do what they have done now it is time for them to take responsibility for their actions. It seems that people like this never change Just check out the daily news around the nation
  • by Sue Location: Daleville on Jul 28, 2007 at 04:34 AM
    what a great Idea! To bad that they usually keep the drivers licence in their billfold or purse. So only those required to show identification will have to produce them (if they show them and not some other form of ID). The up side is if they apply for work or to cash a check some one will know who and what they are. All and All its better than No ID at all. Maybe we should require a Large Red "S" to be tattooed on their forehead that may increase public awareness.
  • by ZMan Location: Georgia on Jul 27, 2007 at 09:48 PM
    So how is this suppose to protect anybody? It's just another public humiliation technique. They'll be harassed every time they go to a liquor store or anywhere else they have to show their license.
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