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You may need a new ID to fly in the New Year

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Few Alabamians have obtained a new form of identification called Star ID. However, many will need it in less than a year if they want to take a domestic flight without carrying a passport. The State Department of Public Safety says that less than 6,000 of Alabama's licensed drivers have obtained a Star ID. That stands for Secure, Trusted and Reliable Identification.

The new IDs are Alabama's way to comply with the federal REAL ID law. People born after Dec. 1, 1964, will need one of the new IDs or a passport to board a domestic flight starting Dec. 1, 2014. People born before Dec. 1, 1964, will need the new ID or a passport starting Dec. 1, 2017.

Alabamians can get the new ID at drivers license exam offices. They will need proper documents when they apply. For more information go to the Department of Public Safety web site:

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