Obtain An Identification Card In Alabama

Do you need to apply for a state ID in Alabama? The ID card application doesn't have to be complicated. We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to know about getting an ID card and renewing an ID card. You will also learn how to replace your ID card in Alabama or purchase a duplicate Alabama ID card. Select from the options below to get started:

1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DLD related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DLD offices or websites, you will receive value added products such as a comprehensive Easy Guide containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DLD forms and/or provide links to DLD online services. You will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DLD in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DLD.

3: Via a DLD office

If you prefer to access DLD services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DLD office location. Varying DLD offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DLD closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DLD allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.




Regardless of why you do not own a driver's license, you will still need to apply for an ID card for various reasons, ranging from leisure activities to travel. Getting an ID card in Alabama is simple, and you should begin the ID card application process as soon as you are ready.

Obtaining a new ID card

To apply for an ID, first, you should plan a visit to your local driver's license office.

You will need to bring your Social Security card and $23.50 (cash or credit card) along with:

  • Certified U.S. birth certificate (or)
  • U.S. passport
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad
  • Resident Alien Card
  • Valid foreign passport with valid U.S. immigration document

You may also need a third form of identification, but only if one of the above documents does not contain a photo. For a list of these documents, click here.

What is an Alabama STAR ID?

STAR (Secure, Trusted And Reliable) ID is another form of state ID card available in Alabama. For more information on how to get an identification card in Alabama, or specifically, a STAR ID card, click here.

ID card renewal

Just like a driver's license, an Alabama ID card will, too, expire. ID card renewal is crucial, especially if you are planning to travel in the near future. By renewing your identification card, you will be able to avoid future predicaments. In Alabama, renewing identification cards should happen every four years. Click here for more information on what you will need to expedite the ID card renewal process.

Replacement ID cards

If you have lost your ID card, you should look into replacing your ID card immediately. A stolen ID card may even lead to identity theft, so it is crucial you looking into replacing your identification card as soon as possible. A lost identification card in Alabama costs $18. The instructions for duplicate ID cards are similar, but be sure to bring everything you will need for your new ID card copy before you head to the DLD by clicking here.

For a list of related services, see below:

Obtain a new driver's license here.
Renew a driver's license here.
Replace a driver's license here.