MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a story Dec. 30 about Alabama's new secure STAR ID driver's license, The Associated Press reported erroneously that people born after Dec. 1, 1964, would need a new secure driver's license or a passport to board a domestic flight starting Dec. 1, 2014. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Dec. 20 that the requirement regarding domestic flights will be enforced beginning in 2016.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Few Alabamians getting new STAR ID
Few Alabamians getting new STAR ID that will making boarding domestic flights easier
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Few Alabamians have obtained a new form of identification that many will eventually need if they want to take a domestic flight without carrying a passport.
State Trooper spokesman Steve Jarrett told the Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.com/JF8JDm) that less than 6,000 of Alabama's 3.8 million licensed drivers have obtained a STAR ID. That stands for Secure, Trusted and Reliable Identification.
The new IDs are Alabama's way to comply with the federal REAL ID law, which was enacted in 2005 as a security response to acts of terrorism.
People born after Dec. 1, 1964, will eventually need one of the new IDs or a passport to board a domestic flight, though that provision will not be enforced until 2016. People born before Dec. 1, 1964, will need the new ID or a passport starting Dec. 1, 2017.
Alabamians can apply at driver's license exam offices with the proper documents. That includes a document such as a certified birth certificate or passport that verifies a person's identity and date of birth, a document such as a Social Security card or W-2 income tax form that verifies a person's Social Security number, and a document such as a utility bill, mortgage contract or rental agreement that verifies the person's address.
The Department of Public Safety began a pilot program for the IDs in 2011 and had it operating statewide by June 2013. The STAR ID looks much like a regular driver's license expect it has a gold star in the corner.
Jarrett said he applied for a STAR ID when it was time to renew his regular driver's license, and it took him about 15 minutes at the driver's license exam office in Montgomery. Through late December, he was one of 6,529 Alabamians who had done that.
Robyn Litchfield, spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Public Safety, said pulling together the documents to get an ID might be a hassle, but "it is going to be a bigger hassle to fly without it."
In addition for use on domestic flights, the ID will also be needed to enter some regulated federal facilities.