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Alabama License Residency Requirements Tightened

In a move to streamline state regulations, Alabama has recently updated its residency requirements for obtaining a driver’s license. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) has announced that individuals must now establish residency in the state for at least 30 days before they can apply for a driver’s license.

Understanding the New Mandate

The new mandate, effective immediately, aims to ensure that only bona fide residents are issued Alabama driver’s licenses. This measure is part of a broader effort to enhance the integrity of state-issued identification and to comply with federal REAL ID requirements. Applicants must provide proof of residency through various documents, such as a lease agreement, utility bill, or employment records.

Impact on New Residents

The updated residency requirement affects new residents who have recently moved to Alabama. These individuals must wait for the stipulated 30-day period before they can legally drive with an Alabama license. However, new residents can use a valid out-of-state license during this waiting period.


Q: What counts as proof of residency?
A: Documents like utility bills, lease agreements, or employment records with the applicant’s name and Alabama address are acceptable.

Q: Can I drive with my out-of-state license during the 30-day period?
A: Yes, you can legally drive with a valid out-of-state license while you establish residency.


Residency: The place where a person lives or intends to remain.
REAL ID: A set of security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards, established by the federal government to improve security.

By Daniel Hall

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