An upgrade to Alabama’s driver license system will necessitate the statewide closure of offices in April.
Gov. Kay Ivey announced Friday a new computer system – the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Driver License System, or LEADS – will launch this spring. LEADS replaces the current system that’s been in use for two decades.
“This new system will consolidate multiple legacy systems into one integrated, modern system to further protect our citizens’ data and enhance customer service,” Ivey said. “I am proud of ALEA’s dedication to complete this crucial and extensive task to positively impact all citizens.”
In order to install the new system and hardware, Driver License Offices will close beginning Monday, April 18 with plans to reopen Tuesday, April 26. The offices will be closed to the public during this time and online services will be unavailable but Alabama Law Enforcement Agency examiners will continue to administer Class D and CDL Road Skills tests. County offices will remain open but only for revenue and probate services.
Once it goes live, LEADS will allow people to pre-apply for the Alabama Driver License and enter all necessary information prior to visiting a local office, a change designed to reduce wait times.
The system will also offer the online ability to update their addresses, pay and reinstate licenses, view Transportation Security Administration Hazmat background checks and more.