Everything about the new Alabama driver's license looks nearly identical to the old version, except for a gold star now featured in the upper left-hand corner.
The star is the signature mark of the state's STAR I.D. program, which complies with the REAL I.D. Act that Congress passed in 2005.
You will need the new license only if you plan to board a domestic flight or if you need to gain access to federal facilities.
If you were born after December 1, 1964, you have until December 1, 2014 to get your STAR I.D.
If you were born after December 1, 1964, you will need it by December 1, 2017.
This change is in the effort to make us all safer from acts of terrorism.
"This is nothing but a plus in terms of valid security procedures to make it safer for you to catch an airplane or go into a federal building," said Trooper Curtis Summerville of the Alabama Highway Patrol. "This will be a plus not only for the citizens of Alabama but the United States."
The new I-Ds will be issued only at driver license examining offices.
Multiple forms of identification will be required to get them, as well as two documents verifying your address.
Individuals who have a valid U.S. passport may use it in place of the required STAR I.D.