MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The state of Alabama says it has averted an apparent crisis discovered by opponents of the controversial, new immigration law.
The new law, on hold until a federal judge reviews it, would have inadvertently required a person to prove their residency in person at drivers license offices before being issued new plates or registrations. The inability to register by mail or online could have flooded already taxes license offices.
Governor Robert Bentley said Monday that a new web-based system will enable county license plate issuing officials and their staffs to meet the residency verification requirements of the pending legislation while streamlining the processing motor vehicle registration and title transactions.
Governor Bentley, Department of Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee and Department of Public Safety Director Colonel Hugh McCall showed off the new system, called ALVerify.
Developed by the Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama, the system links the agencies' motor vehicle and driver license databases into an electronic application that can be securely accessed to check citizenship verification.
"ALVerify is a much needed solution to the citizenship requirements required by the new immigration law," Governor said.
ACLU Alabama Legal Director Allison Neal says the program is nothing more than an unnecessary expenditure.
The exact cost of the program is not immediately known, but Commissioner Magee said the bill is on its way.
To complete the residency verification requirements for license plate renewals and other similar transactions, the person presents their Alabama driver license or non-driver's license identification card.
County licensing officials then enter the card's ID number into ALVerify. The program will return a "failure" response if all data elements do not match or if the Alabama driver license or non-driver identification card is expired.
The secure website to access ALVerify is http: www.mvtrip.alabama.gov