MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has partnered with the Alabama State Department of Education to streamline the driver license process for teens who have completed a Department of Education driver education course and passed the basic road test with an instructor.
Designed to save time and eliminate a second visit to an ALEA Driver License Examining Office, the process no longer requires a parent to take their child for a road test before their learner permit may be exchanged for a driver license. Instead, beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, information on a student who has completed SDE’s driver’s education and passed the road test with an instructor will be transmitted automatically to ALEA’s Driver License Division for a Graduated Driver License. On the morning of the student’s 16th birthday, ALEA automatically will remove the Y restriction from their license if they have held their permit for at least six months. Rather than make a second in-person visit to an ALEA Driver License Office to present an “SDE yellow card,” the student and parent may go to www.alea.gov to place an online order for the teen’s Stage II driver license by selecting “Duplicate.”
Not only is this a great example of Alabama’s state agencies collaborating on programs designed to make services more convenient to customers, but it also provides additional options as ALEA continues to modify its Driver License Division operations in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).