Sample STAR license

Here is a sample of the Alabama STAR driver's license. 

The STAR IDs will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2020. Every air traveler will need a STAR ID or another form of identification for domestic air travel, said Probate Judge Andrea LeCroy.

Since there's only a year left to get a STAR ID, officials around the state are reminding people of the need.

Individuals who do not have a STAR ID will have to provide a U.S. passport to board a commercial aircraft for domestic flights or to enter certain regulated federal facilities after the Oct. 1, 2020, deadline

LeCroy said a lot of people are getting frustrated when they come in to get their STAR ID because the Probate Office cannot issue the STAR ID. STAR IDs are issued to qualified individuals only at an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency driver’s license exam office. You cannot go to the court house and get a STAR ID. The county operated license offices will provide renewals/duplicates for licenses and ID cards, but they cannot do the STAR ID until you have already received your first one.

April Johnson of the Probate Office said that you do not have to live in the county to get your STAR ID. For example, if you work in Huntsville you could go to the Madison County driver’s licenses exam office and get your STAR ID. You will need the proper documentation to get the ID, but you do not have live in that county.

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s website, the reason behind the STAR ID is in response to acts of terrorism committed against the United States. In an effort to ensure the safety of citizens, Congress passed the REAL-ID Act of 2005. In order to comply with the REAL-ID Act, the STAR ID program meets all of the requirements of the federal law.

There is no extra cost to get the STAR ID if you are renewing your identification except for the cost of the renewal. The cost is $36.25. You are able to renew up to six months prior to your expiration date. However, if your license expires after the date, you will need to renew again. For example, if your license expires in June 2021, you would have to get your license again in June of 2021 even if you got a STAR ID this year. 

It is not a requirement that you have the STAR ID, but it is if you wish to fly domestically and you do not have an up-to-date passport, you will need it. You will be taking a chance that you could not fly if you do not have the STAR ID and you need to get somewhere quickly. Johnson said if a loved one passed away and you needed to fly, you are taking a chance on getting a flight unless you have a valid passport.

Additional documentation will be required to receive a STAR ID. You will need one document with identity and date of birth, one verifying your Social Security number and two documents of residence. You will need a total of four items to get your STAR ID.

Below is a list of these items:

Identify and date of birth,

one document

  • Valid, unexpired United States passport
  • Certified birth certificate
  • Consular report of birth abroad (Form FS-240, DS-1350 or FS-545)
  • Valid, unexpired permanent resident card (Form I-551) issued by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
  • Unexpired employment authorization document (EAD) issued by DHS (Form I-766 or Form I-688B)
  • Unexpired foreign passport with a valid, unexpired U.S. visa affixed, accompanied by the approved I-94 form documenting the applicant’s most recent admittance into the United States.
  • Certificate of Naturalization issued by DHS (Form N-550 or N-570)
  • Certificate of Citizenship issued by DHS (Form N-560 or N-561)
  • A REAL-ID compliant driver license or non-driver identification card

If your name has changed from the one displayed on the document, you will need the official document verifying this change. For example, if you get married or were adopted.

Social Security Number,

one document

  • Social Security card
  • United States military form DD 214
  • Medicare/Medicaid identification card (if Social Security number is followed by the letter A)
  • W-2 tax form

Principal residence,

two documents

  • Voter registration card
  • Residential mortgage contract
  • Current lease or rental agreement for housing
  • Proof of payment of residential property tax (Homestead)
  • Previous year’s tax returns bearing applicants’ address
  • Vehicle registration bearing applicants’ name and address
  • Utility bill (water, gas, electric, etc.) less than 90 days old
  • Any state or federal court documents indicating full address of residence
  • School enrollment documentation
  • Defense Department Form 214 (Report of Separation)
  • Sex offender registration documents
  • Current homeowner’s insurance policy with name and address
  • Social Security benefits statements/summary mailed to physical address
  • U.S. or state government check or other document mailed to applicants’ physical address
  • Military orders documenting duty station and place of residence

The Marshall County Driver’s License Office of Guntersville is located at 357 Blount Avenue. Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. with lunch from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. If you wish to contact them, the number is 256-582-0664.

For more information, visit the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s website at www.alea.gov or call 877-567-1045. You can also contact the Probate Office  at 256-571-7764.

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