Alabama to shut down and upgrade their driver’s license system April 18-26

States Will Downgrade CDLs Quickly for Recent FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Violations

Alabama will shut down the state’s two-decade old driver’s license system to install a new system (LEADS) that will revitalize the old system, expand online services, and save users time and money.

To implement these changes, state officials said they will close all driver license office locations from April 18 through April 26, 2022. During this time office and online services will not be available to the public.

While offices will be closed temporarily to the public and online services will not be available during the transition period, ALEA Examiners will continue to administer Class D and CDL Road Skills Tests.

County Offices will remain open but strictly for revenue and probate services.

What is LEADS?

The new system is called the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Driver License System (LEADS), and, according to state officials, will yield significant improvements to citizen experience and expanded online services including:

  • Ability to update their addresses
  • Ability to pay and reinstate their licenses
  • Ability to upload U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Medical Cards
  • Ability to view Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Hazmat background checks
  • Ability to issue duplicate licenses to eligible foreign nationals
  • Ability to pre-apply for individuals who are requesting an Alabama License for the first time

“This new system will consolidate multiple legacy systems into one integrated, modern system to further protect our citizens’ data and enhance customer service,” said Governor Ivey. “I am proud of ALEA’s dedication to complete this crucial and extensive task to positively impact all citizens.”

For further information on LEADS and project updates, visit LEADS | Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (alea.gov)

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