The Definitive Guide on the Real ID for Arizona Residents

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Awareness of the Real ID is now in full swing. To help shed some light on what it is and why it is so important, here is a definitive guide on the Real ID for Arizona Residents.

What Is a Real ID?

The Real ID is the credential that complies with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. Following the attacks of 9/11, congress sought to set new standards for how identification documents such as driver’s licenses are issued. It prohibits anyone without proper documentation from entering federally restricted facilities.

The Real ID has been referred to by different names. It has been called the Arizona Travel ID, TSA Approved ID, Voluntary Travel ID. While each name is different, they all refer to the same thing.

Why Do I Need a Real ID?

The Real ID serves as a compliant form of identification that allows a person to enter federally restricted facilities. It also serves as an accepted form of identification that allows a person to board a domestic flight within the United States.

Starting on October 1, 2020, if a person does not have proper identification, they will not be allowed to board any domestic flights within the United States. At that time, TSA will accept the Real ID, a U.S. passport, and other federally approved identification at security checkpoints at the airport. Passengers will not be able to use a standard driver’s license to board domestic flights.

When Should I Get a Real ID?

It’s important to note that while a Real ID will be required to board domestic flights starting October 2020, it is not required by law for U.S. citizens to have one – hence, why it has been referred to as the Voluntary Travel ID.

With that being said, here are some situations you may consider having a Travel ID:

  • If you’re using a driver’s license or state ID at airport security checkpoints
  • If you are getting an Arizona driver’s license or state ID for the first time
  • If you are renewing your license
  • If you are getting a 12-year photo update to your current license

How Do I Get a Real ID?

To obtain a Real ID, you will have to fill out the Travel ID Application and pay a fee of $25. You may either schedule an appointment at your local DMV or you may visit an authorized Third Party Driver License office like, Arizona Auto License Services, LLC, at any time with no appointment needed.

You will need to bring a few original documents in order to process your information. This includes:

  • Birth Certificate or U.S. Passport
  • Social Security Card or W-2 or most recent paystub with your full social security number listed
  • 2 forms of proof of Arizona residency (such as a recent utility bill, mortgage, bank statement, tax document, a voter registration card) that includes your full name and physical address (excluding PO Box)

You may refer to the full list of required documents provided by the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Does the Real ID Replace My Driver’s License?

Upon opting to have a Real ID, it will replace your driver’s license. It will be indicated by a large gold star in the top right corner to signify that it complies with the standards set by congress. If you decide to opt out on getting a Real ID, not only will you be unable to board any domestic flight in the U.S., but your driver’s license will read, “NOT FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION”.

When you are ready to obtain your Real ID, come to Arizona Auto License Services, LLC. We will review everything you need and will have your new Real ID card delivered to you by mail. No appointments necessary.