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Posted on: April 28, 2021

STAR ID deadline is: May 3, 2023


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has extended the REAL ID enforcement deadline to May 3, 2023, in response to COVID-19. Alabama’s version of the Federal REAL ID program is STAR ID, which stands for Secure, Trusted and Reliable Identification.  

In order to comply with the Federal 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 May 3, 2023,  every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID compliant license/ID (STAR ID) or another form of identification for domestic air travel. (See TSA’s website for a full list acceptable identification for domestic air travel.)

STAR IDs are issued originally to qualified individuals ONLY at Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Driver License exam offices (Pelham & Columbiana in Shelby County). All County operated license offices will continue to provide renewals/duplicates for license, ID cards, and STAR ID.

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.

In order to be issued a STAR ID, applicants must present four documents to verify identity/date of birth, Social Security number and address of principal residence.  Click the link to see the list of accepted documents in each category. Please read carefully.

Please visit to learn more about State STAR ID requirements.

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