STAR stands for Secure Trusted and Reliable Identification.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
If you drive in Alabama, you know you have to have a license, but if you plan to board a plane or enter a federal building, soon your license won't be enough. You'll need a new ID or you'll have to carry extra paperwork.
It's called STAR ID. STAR stands for Secure Trusted and Reliable Identification.
Alabama developed the program to comply with federal law written after 9/11.
"All but one of the terrorists on 9/11 had fraudulent ids. Congress wants to verify who people are," said Capt. Guy Rush with the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Rush says starting Dec. 1 of this year, people born after Dec. 1, 1964 will be required to have a STAR ID if they want to board a commercial airline or access regulated federal facilities like a federal courthouse or nuclear plant.
People born on or before Dec. 1, 1964 will have to get the ID by Dec. 1, 2017.
Rush says so far Alabamians aren't lining up to get the new ID. Roughly 7,000 of the state's 3.8 million drivers have one.
George Warring is one of the 7,000 Alabamians who does have his Star ID. He thinks it will make travel easier.
"I don't want to have to carry a passport," Warring said.
While the deadline is Dec. 1 of this year, Homeland Security said it won't enforce the airport part until at least 2016.
Rush says if you don‘t have the ID in hand before then, you won't get grounded at the airport.
"Whenever you renew your license come then to get your star ID," Rush said.
To obtain a Star ID you'll need several documents. You must verify you're identity and date of birth by bringing a document such as a birth certificate. You'll also have to provide your Social Security Number.
Plus, you'll have to bring two proofs of residence such as a utility bill or voter registration card.
To get the new ID, you'll have to apply at driver's license exam offices – it's not currently available at your local probate office.
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