New license requirements to demonstrate U.S. citizenship begin Aug. 1

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Beginning Aug. 1, requirements for some Alabama state licenses and permits will require each applicant to demonstrate U.S. citizenship or prove lawful presence in the U.S., according to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).

The requirements are part of the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act. To comply with this law, state health department will require the following for an initial permit or renewal application:

  • A signed declaration
  • A legible photocopy or digital copy of a document demonstrating U.S. citizenship or lawful presence in the U.S.

“We cannot process an application without the signed declaration and the appropriate supporting documentation,” Karen Bishop, ADPH assistant general counsel, said. “Please check the lists of documents that demonstrate U.S. citizenship and qualified alien status on our website and bring the appropriate documents with you when you make an application. You may send a legible photocopy of the document if you are applying or renewing by mail.”

Business entities are also affected for certain permits and licenses — food service establishment permits, hotel or motel permits, emergency medical service personnel or provider licenses, and radioactive material licenses — and must also provide a declaration of business ownership structure if the type of ownership or business entity is not clearly indicated on the application.

The ADPH recently became authorized to use the federal government’s Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program. ADPH will verify an applicant’s immigration status or naturalized/derived citizenship status using the SAVE Program.

Citizenship or immigration status verification will only be required one time.

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