All laws and regulations related to an Alabama driver license and non
driver identification cards are administered by the
Department of Public Safety. To view State DPS office locations and
here). In Limestone County, the representative of the State DPS
Athens office is
the driver license examiner located on the first floor
Clinton Street Courthouse Annex at 100 South Clinton Street. Currently there is
one examiner assigned to the Athens location. For office
hours and services offered you may wish to call at (256) 233-4152. If the driver
license examiner is unavailable due to testing or if you wish to inquire with
supervision of the Athens office, you may call the State DPS Decatur office at (256)
If you are applying for a new driver license, a learner's license, a new ID
card, a motorcycle operator license, or
boat operator's license, then you will test with the State DPS driver
license examiner. If you are transferring an out-of-state driver license
to an Alabama driver license, then you also must receive approval from the State
DPS driver license examiner. Supporting document requirements
restrictions for new licenses and identification cards
approved by the
Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Beginning May 1, 2013, Alabama veterans may have the
option of displaying proof of military service on their driver license issued by
the State DPS offices.
Click here for more information.
In 2012, DPS developed the STAR ID program to comply with
the federal requirements of the REAL-ID Act of 2005. Once the provision of the
REAL-ID goes into effect in December, 2014, those persons who do not possess a
valid, unexpired US passport will need a STAR ID to board commercial aircraft
for domestic flights or to enter certain regulated federal facilities. STAR ID
is available to qualified individuals at any State DPS office. To view a list of
In 2009, the Alabama Legislature
increased the cost of driver licenses and non-driver licenses by 50 cents to add
funding for the Veterans Living Legacy Act Citizenship fund.
In 2008, the Alabama Department of
Public Safety began a program to allow the scheduling of the road skills test in
Huntsville at their state office at 1115-A Church Street. If you would like to
schedule by phone, their number is (256) 539-0682. If you wish to schedule
click here for their link.
In 2007, the Department added a new
office serving on Wednesday only for military and service personnel at Redstone
Arsenal. For office hours and services offered you may wish to call at (256)
The written examination and authorization fee is $5.00 per test. The driver
license card issuance fee is $23.50. The State DPS office accepts cash
and bankcards only.
To renew your existing Alabama driver license or to apply for duplicate
license that is lost, you may apply in the License Commissioner's office.
(Currently CDL renewals must be completed with the State DPS
fee for the replacement license is $18.50. To renew the
driver license, the fee is $23.50 and your expiration date is extended by four
Alabama Law allows an additional sixty (60) days to
operate your vehicle beyond the listed expiration date on your Alabama license
card without citation. It is recommended that you renew your driver license
before attempting to board a commercial flight or drive out-of-state, since most
officials will not be aware of the sixty (60) day grace period. A driver may
renew their license card at any county licensing office in Alabama. Always
verify your personal information for accuracy when you renew or replace your
A permanent license card will be mailed from the
Alabama Department of Public Safety within thirty days. If you do not
receive your license in 30 days, then contact the state agency at 334-242-4400.
A nonresident who has a valid driver license from the state of previous
residence may drive without an Alabama license for 30 days after becoming
a resident of the state.
A nonresident at least 16 years old who has in his immediate possession
a valid driver license issued to him in his home state or country and is
properly enrolled and registered in a school or college in this state may
operate a vehicle without an Alabama driver license. Likewise,
military personnel from other states and their families stationed in
Alabama are not required to obtain an Alabama driver license as long as
they hold a valid driver license from their home state or country.
If you would like to download the driver
license manual, or learn about the documents required by the State DPS Office
for new drivers or transferring your out-of-state driver license, then visit the web site at the
License Division, Alabama Department of Public Safety.