Newest Deadline for Arizona Travel ID

Beginning May 3, 2023, if you plan to use your Arizona driver license or ID to board an airplane for domestic air travel within the United States (or to enter a restricted federal building or military base) you will need an Arizona Travel ID.  Originally scheduled to be mandatory for flight effective October 1, 2020, the deadline has been delayed more than once due to the COVID pandemic.

The Travel ID may be necessary for compliance with the REAL ID Act passed by Congress in 2005, and therefore might be best described as an Arizona Driver License or Identification Card which is REAL ID-compliant.  The cost of the enhanced ID is $25.00, and for US citizens is valid for 8 years unless age 65 or older, in which case is it valid for 5 years.  The Travel ID is identified by a gold star in the corner, and does not contain an RFID chip.

Having said that, there are several other forms of REAL ID-compliant identification which may be used, such as: a valid US passport or passport card, DHS Trusted Traveler card (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST), US Department of Defense ID, permanent resident card, border crossing card, acceptable photo ID issued by a federally recognized Tribal Nation or Indian Tribe, HSPD-12 PIV card (federal ID), foreign government-issued passport, Canadian provincial driver license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card, transportation worker identification credential, US Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization card (I-766), US Merchant Mariner Credential or Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC).  See the website for further information.

Those holding a standard Arizona driver license or ID who wish to acquire a Travel ID can begin an application online, make an appointment to visit an MVD office, and get more information about documents ADOT needs to issue the ID at the website.

Gordon Thompson


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