It's the Law:
Every Alabama resident who operates any motor vehicle must have a valid driver's license. All applicants who have not been licensed in Alabama or whose Alabama license has been expired for over three years must pass the required driver's examination given by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

The driver's license manual may be viewed on the web at the following address:

Drivers License issuances can be obtained at the Jacksonville State Trooper’s Examining Post on Hwy 21 just south of Jacksonville in Calhoun County. 

1703 Pelham Rd South
Jacksonville, AL  36265

Application should be made in your county of residence. Study guides for the auto, motorcycle, and commercial vehicle are available and can be picked up in person at any Calhoun County License Commissioner's Office or Alabama Law Enforcement Agency  location. (Study guides will not be mailed.)  

**All first-time issuances of Driver Licenses, CDLs, and Non-driver Identification must be made at an examining post. Any changes to the endorsements of a license, such as those pertaining to vision, vessel privileges, or motorcycle privileges must be made at an examination office.
***To schedule an appointment to obtain or renew a driver license, CDL, or ID card, please contact ALEA at . ***
The Calhoun County Commissioner of License Office is a renewal site only. No first-time issuances are made at either the Ken Joiner County Administration building or the Alvin E. Gibbs Annex in Piedmont.

** No Driver License transacations are processed at the Alexandria Community Center location.

Commercial Driver Licenses may be renewed at the Ken Joiner Administration building in Anniston or the Alvin E. Gibbs Annex Office in Piedmont as long as all DOT information is current with Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. If you wish to make changes to any portion of your CDL, or discontinue the license, the transaction must take place at an examination office.

Any questions regarding the issuances of first-time driver permits, driver licenses,  privilege endorsements, non-driver identification or Commercial Driver License should be directed to an examination post.  You may email your question to 

Starting next year, commercial travelers will be required to have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license (STAR ID) or another form of identification for domestic air travel. The new rule applies to every traveler 18 years of age or older, beginning October 2020. STAR IDs are issued to qualified individuals only at Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Driver License exam offices. Calhoun County will continue to provide renewals/duplicates for license, ID cards, and STAR ID’s. Once the REAL ID Act goes into effect a valid U.S. passport or Star ID will be needed to board commercial aircraft for domestic flights or enter certain regulated federal facilities.
For more information visit the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's website at or call 877.567.1045.

Motorcycle License:
The motorcycle manual can be viewed on the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's website or by clicking here. The motorcycle skill test is currently not applicable in Alabama; however, a written exam is required to obtain a motorcycle endorsement. 
Boating License Information:
Information involving boating licenses can be obtained from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Marine PoliceDivision. The boating booklet and test are available on-line. Once certification is obtained, you may add your vessel endorsement at the Jacksonville State Troopers Examining Post, or any examination office in the state of Alabama. Vessel licenses cannot be issued in either the Anniston or Piedmont locations of the Commissioner of License offices. For more information regarding the first-time issuance of a vessel privilege you may also visit .

Non-Driver Identification Cards: 
An individual seeking any license or identification card for the first time in Alabama will need to report to the Examining Post.  For information regarding necessary documentation, please call 256-435-7006.

Renewals and Duplicates:
Alabama driver’s licenses, non-driver identification cards, vessel licenses and motorcycle licenses may be renewed at the Calhoun County Commissioner of License Office in Anniston or at the Alvin E Gibbs County Annex in Piedmont.

***Duplicates may also be issued at these locations with the proper forms of identification.

Proper forms of identification for replacing a lost or stolen ID are a birth certificate and a social security card.

  Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) now offers the ability to renew a driver license on-line.  In addition to renewing, you may duplicate your lost or stolen ID, reprint a temporary ID (within the 30-day temporary time period) or change your emergency contact information associated with your license, permit, or ID record.

The following licenses can be renewed on line:

  • Driver License
  • Commercial Driver License
  • Commercial Learner's Permit
  • State ID Cards
  • Star ID (renewal only)

This service is only permitted once every 8 years online. You are eligible to renew 180 days prior to expiration date.
Replacing lost or stolen ID or driver’s license:
If your license is lost, destroyed or becomes illegible, but has not yet expired, you should apply for a duplicate license. You will be asked to furnish acceptable identification from the following list of documents:

** A Social Security Card is required PLUS one of the acceptable documents listed below.

  • Certified US birth certificate
  • Current US Passport
  • Alabama identification card
  • Alabama driver license
  • Temporary License or ID

NOTE:Xerox and FAX copies are not acceptable. You may be required to furnish additional documents to support your claim of identity. Birth certificates must be certified copies only. 
**Your social security card alone is not proof of identification.  You will be required to show another form of documentation listed above.

For a complete listing of acceptable forms of identification please visit Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

Military Personnel

Military personnel out of state at the time of their renewal may contact the Alabama Department of Public Safety at to download a form to submit a request for an out of state renewal.

Commercial Driver's Licenses:

All CDL licenses may be obtained and renewed at an examiner’s post. For questions regarding the renewal of a Commercial Driver License, please contact Alabama Law Enforcment Agency by emailing

Reinstatements of Suspended Licenses:
Any reinstatements of suspended licenses and all questions need to be directed to an examiner’s post.  The number to call in Jacksonville for driver license reinstatements is 256-782-1322. 

For your convenience, Driver License Reinstatement Offices are located throughout the state of Alabama.  You may make inquiries at any of the Reinstatement Offices throughout the state regarding the reinstatement of your Driver License.  A few are listed below:


Birmingham     205-252-0426
Huntsville        256-536-2365
Montgomery   334-242-4259

For a complete list of Reinstatement Offices statewide, please visit the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's website.
****Effective February 9, 2015, Alabama Department of Public Safety has increased all driver license fees by $12.75 *****

 Driver License Fees
Class D Operator License $36.25  Vessel Operator License $36.25
Motorcycle License $36.25 (plus $5 test fee)   ID cards
62 yrs +
Learner's License $36.25 (plus $5 test fee) Duplicate
Identification Cards
Out of State License Transfers  $36.25 (plus $5 transfer fee)
**CDL licenses are to be obtained and renewed at an Examiner’s Post.    **Reinstatements of suspended licenses are to be done at an Examiner’s Post  
Identification Card No Age
Class D Learner License 15 years old
Class D 16 years old
Motor Driven Cycle 14 years old
Vessel License 12 years old