Did you know that you can add an emergency contact to your driver’s license in Alabama? First available due to Alabama’s Emergency Notification Law, the contact information could be priceless in the event of an emergency.
Keep reading to learn more about the system and how you can add your emergency contact information to your ID.
About the Emergency Contact System
As part of the Emergency Notification Law, Alabama residents who have recently renewed or applied for certain state-issued IDs can choose to add their emergency contact information to a state-wide database.
Beginning January 1, 2019 following the effective date of this act, each person who applies for a new driver’s license, non-driver identification card, or vessel license, or a learner’s license or permit, or the renewal of any of these licenses, cards, or permits, may provide the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency with the name and contact information for the contact of a person in the event of an emergency. The emergency contact information provided shall be stored in the records of the agency and made available to law enforcement personnel for contact in the event law enforcement deems contact is in the best interest of the licensee or card holder.SECTION 32-6-6.2, CODE OF ALABAMA 1975
If you’re ever in trouble—a car accident, for example—and unable to speak, Alabama law enforcement can use your emergency contact information to keep your loved ones informed. Although most people keep their emergency contact information on their smartphone, the device is usually locked or could become damaged during the emergency—making it difficult for first responders to get in touch with the subject’s loved ones.
Here’s how it works
Adding your emergency contact information to the state-wide database is quick and simple.
First, you’ll want to visit the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s website: https://www.alea.gov
- Under the “Services” tab, select “Emergency Contact Information” or click here.
- Next, scroll down and select the “Emergency Contact” button or click here.
- Finally, you’ll be prompted to confirm your identity and add information for your chosen emergency contact.
Once you save and submit your form, first responders will be able to access the state-wide database to identify & reach out to your emergency contact in the event of an emergency.
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