The state of Alabama is rolling out a new modernized driver license system, replacing a decades-old system.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said the new Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Driver License System (LEADS) will provide significant improvements to both citizens and Driver License personnel across the state.

“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 [Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s] (ALEA) dedication to complete this crucial and extensive task to positively impact all citizens.”

In a press release, the state said that in order to install the new system and hardware, Driver License Offices will close statewide beginning Monday, April 18, with plans to reopen Tuesday, April 26. The state explained that in addition to the new hardware, the state will also have to convert “tremendous” amounts of data received since 1970 into LEADS.

“LEADS is a tangible example of ALEA’s continued focus on improving customer service, communication and technology to effectively achieve the Agency’s mission of providing quality service for all,” ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor said.

Once LEADS goes live in April, citizens will now have access to a variety of new options and enhanced services, including allowing individuals to pre-apply for the Alabama Driver License and enter all necessary information prior to visiting a local office, which the state says will reduce wait times “exponentially.”

Once LEADS goes live, ALEA will offer 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; and

Ability to pre-apply for individuals who are requesting an Alabama License for the first time.

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