Coronavirus and Your Arizona Driver’s License

Person driving in Arizona with mask on during Coronavirus

With the coronavirus pandemic still causing business delays across the country, many Arizonans with expired or soon-to-be expired driver’s licenses might be wondering how this affects them.

We’re filling you in on all the details you need to know about the changes that are taking place regarding your Arizona driver’s license.

Arizona Travel ID Deadline Extended

If you haven’t gotten your Real ID-compliant Arizona driver’s license yet, you now have an entire year to do this.

The deadline, which was originally in October of this year, has been extended until October 1, 2021 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

As a reminder, a Real ID-compliant Arizona Travel ID will be needed after this new deadline for anyone wanting to fly domestically or enter federal facilities.

Arizona Driver’s License Renewal Extended

If your driver’s license or driving permit is expiring anytime between March 1, 2020 and September 1, 2020, you now have a six-month extension on the expiration date. So, for example, if your license was set to expire on May 25, 2020, the new expiration date will be November 25, 2020.

This change will be automatically updated on your motor vehicle record, so you don’t have to do anything to receive this extension.

Flying with an Expired Driver’s License

With all of the recent changes, TSA has agreed to accept expired driver’s licenses or state-issued IDs as long as they expired on or after March 1, 2020. They will be accepting these up to a year after expiration.

*Please note, that this year long extension only applies to flying with TSA. You will still need to receive a renewed license for driving before the six-month extension on your expiration date is up.

AZ Auto Is Open and Fully Operational for Your Driver & Vehicle Services Needs

AZ Auto is still open and operating with all of our driver and vehicle services with the exception of road tests.

Many MVD locations are limiting services to essential needs only and by appointment. At AZ Auto, we are still open for extended business hours to provide you with fast, convenient, and safe service. No appointment needed!

Find your nearest AZ Auto location to check our hours of operation and stop in when it’s convenient for you.

Getting a head start on obtaining your Arizona Travel ID or renewing your driver’s license is recommended to avoid the large flood of people that will likely be doing this after all of the coronavirus executive orders are lifted.

See a full list of acceptable required documents needed to obtain your Arizona Travel ID at AZ Auto here.