Secure Trusted and Reliable (STAR) ID

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UPDATED March 27, 2020

ALEA Confirms STAR ID Deadline Extension 

 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline to October 1, 2021, in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Alabama’s version of the federal REAL ID program is STAR ID, which stands for Secure, Trusted and Reliable Identification. 

STAR IDs are issued to qualified individuals only at Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Driver License exam offices.

County operated license offices will continue to provide renewals for license, ID cards, and STAR ID

Applicants must go to a state office for initial issuance.


In response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, and the ongoing threat of additional terrorist activity, the United States Congress passed the REAL ID Act of 2005. This legislation modified U.S. federal law pertaining to security, authentication and issuance procedure standards for state driver licenses and identification cards, as well as various immigration issues pertaining to terrorism. In the future, only those state-issued driver licenses and identification cards that are fully compliant with the REAL ID act of 2005 will be authorized for use as identification for official federal government purposes, such as boarding commercial aircraft and entering certain regulated federal facilities.

In order to comply with the REAL ID Act, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency developed the STAR ID program. STAR ID is a step beyond an ordinary Alabama driver license or non-driver identification card and it meets all the requirements of federal law.

Effective October 1, 2021,  every air traveler will need a REAL ID compliant license/ID (STAR ID) or another form of identification for domestic air travel.          

Once the provision of the REAL ID Act (STAR ID) goes into effect, individuals who do not have an unexpired U.S. passport will need an Alabama STAR ID to board commercial aircraft for domestic flights or to enter certain regulated federal facilities.

To schedule an appointment at your local ALEA office, please visit this website.

STAR ID Document List can be found here.

For additional information, please visit the ALEA STAR ID Frequently Asked Questions website.