In accordance with the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, the Alabama DOI is required to verify the citizenship of ALL APPLICANTS/LICENSEES.
All individuals must submit documentation of their U.S. citizenship prior to receiving a license. Below is a list of acceptable documentation (which includes a copy of your driver’s license,
FRONT and BACK in ONE FILE ONLY), any ONE of which can be used as proof.
The following states whose driver’s license DOES NOT qualify as a document to be used as Proof of Citizenship per the Beason-Hammon law are:
California (Unless it is a Star Driver’s License based on Real ID Act after January 28, 2018. There will be a bear with a star in upper right corner),
- Colorado (Unless it is a Star Driver’s License based on Real ID Act),
- Connecticut (Unless it is the new Verified Driver’s License),
- Delaware (Unless it is a iDelaware Card, with a Star in upper right corner),
- Illinois (Unless it is a Real ID Driver’s License issued after July 1, 2016),
- Louisiana (Unless it is a Real ID Driver's License issued after October 3, 2016),
- Maryland (Unless it is a Real ID Driver’s License issued after June 20, 2016 with a star in upper right corner),
- New Mexico (Unless it is a Real ID Driver’s License issued after November 14, 2016 with the star in upper right corner),
- Nevada (Unless it is a Real ID Driver’s License),
- Utah (Unless it has the embedded beehive or ghost image applied via laser),
- Vermont (Unless it is Real ID Driver’s license issued in 2014 or later and has the Gold Star in upper right corner),
- Washington (Unless it is an Enhanced Driver’s License or a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) issued after September 1, 2015),
- and District of Columbia (Unless it is a Real ID Driver's License issued after May 1, 2014 with a star in upper right corner).
All transactions requiring citizenship verification will be deferred for state review.
Please note: Fees paid are NON-REFUNDABLE.
Documentation must be received before the license will be renewed or issued. If the documentation is not received within 10 business days after submission of application, the application will be declined.
DO NOT SUBMIT your Proof of Citizenship until you are in the process of applying for a license.
Applicant must apply online through NIPR. Click Here
Examples of Documentation
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FRONT and BACK in ONE FILE ONLY
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APPROVED DOCUMENTATION FOR U.S. CITIZENSHIP OR ALIEN’S LAWFUL PRESENCE
U. S. citizenship may be demonstrated by furnishing any one of the following documents or a legible photocopy or a copy in a digital or other electronic format of any such document:
- A driver's license or non-driver's identification card (FRONT and BACK) issued by the Alabama Department of Public Safety or the equivalent governmental agency of another state within the United States, provided that the governmental agency of another state within the United States requires proof of lawful presence in the United States as a condition of issuance of the driver's license or non-driver's identification card.
- A birth certificate indicating birth in the United States or one of its territories.
- Pertinent pages of a United States valid or expired passport identifying the person and the person's passport number, or the person's United States passport.
- United States naturalization documents or the number of the certificate of naturalization.
- Other documents or methods of proof of United States citizenship issued by the federal government pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, as amended.
- Bureau of
Indian Affairs card number, tribal treaty card number, or tribal enrollment number.
- A consular report of birth abroad of a citizen of the United States of America.
- A certificate of citizenship issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
- A certification of report of birth issued by the United States Department of State.
- An American Indian card, with KIC classification, issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security.
- Final adoption decree showing the person's name and United States birthplace.
- An official United States military record of service showing the applicant's place of birth in the United States.
- An extract from a United States hospital record of birth created at the time of the person's birth indicating the place of birth in the United States.
- A valid Uniformed Services Privileges and Identification Card.
- Any other form of identification that the Alabama Department of Revenue
authorizes, through an administrative rule promulgated pursuant to the Alabama Administrative Procedure Act, to be used to demonstrate or confirm a person's United States citizenship or lawful presence in the United States, provided that the identification requires proof of lawful presence in the United States as a condition of issuance.
An alien’s lawful presence in the United States is presumed if one of the following forms of identification is provided:
- A valid, unexpired Alabama driver's license.
- A valid, unexpired Alabama non-driver identification card.
- A valid tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification bearing a photograph or other biometric identifier.
- Any valid United States federal or state government issued identification document bearing a photograph or other biometric identifier, including a valid Uniformed Services Privileges and Identification Card if issued by an entity that requires proof of lawful presence in the United States before
- A foreign passport with an unexpired United States Visa and a corresponding stamp or notation by the United States Department of Homeland Security indicating the bearer's admission to the United States.
- A foreign passport issued by a visa waiver country with the corresponding entry stamp and unexpired duration of stay annotation or an I-94W form by the United States Department of Homeland Security indicating the bearer's admission to the United States.
Lawful presence within the United States may be verified through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program operated by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, or by other verification with the U. S. Department of Homeland Security pursuant to 8 U.S.C. §1373(c).
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