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.