✅ Updated September 2020

Ultimate guide to transferring your out-of-state driver's license to Alabama

Here's the ultimate guide to transferring your out-of-state license to Alabama. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time. This page is geared toward people who've moved to Alabama but have a driver license from another US state. If you have an international license, visit our Alabama driver's license page.

 

What You’ll Need to Transfer your Out-of-State Driver License to Alabama

  • Out-of-state driver license. 
  • Social Security 
    • Social Security card (original)
    • US military form DD214
    • Medicare/Medicaid identification card (if SSN is followed by the letter “A”.
    • W2 tax form.
  • One item from the following, in addition to the Social Security card.
    • US military form DD214
    • Medicare/Medicaid identification card (if SSN is followed by the letter “A”.
    • W2 tax form.
  • Proof of school enrollment or graduation (if younger than 19).
    • Form DL1/93
    • Certificate of Graduation
    • GED certificate
    • Certified letter from school officials stating student is enrolled.
  • $5 for transfer fee.
  • $36.25 to purchase a license.

 

What You’ll Do to Transfer your Out-of-State Driver License to Alabama

  • Step 1: Visit your nearest DPS location ( you can also schedule an appointment online).
    • Submit the required documents & ID
  • Step 2: Pay the necessary fees.
    • At this point you can either obtain a learner’s permit OR you can continue on your driving test. Once you pass your driving exam and pay your license fee, you’ll receive a temporary license to drive legally.

 

Caveats and Exception to Transferring your Out-of-State Driver License to Alabama

  • If you just moved to Alabama, you must apply for an AL driver license within 30 days of establishing AL residency.
  • AL DPS doesn’t require driver testing for new-to-state drivers - unless your out-of-state license has been expired for longer than 1 year. 
  • Testing requirements are at the discretion of the DPS examiner. You might be required to pass one or more tests depending on extenuating circumstances. 
  • You do not need an Alabama driver’s license IF:
    • You’re operating a farm vehicle. 
    • You’re employed by the U.S Federal government and operating a government-owned or -leased vehicle.
    • You are enrolled in any AL school, college, or university and have a valid-out-state license. 
    • You’re at least 16 years old and already have a valid driver’s license from your home state or country. 
    • You’re at least 16 years old from a country that doesn’t require a driver’s license. In this case you can drive for at least 90 days if the vehicle is properly registered in your home country. 

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