What is Arizona’s Travel ID?

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The Arizona Travel ID is a federal form of identification that complies with the REAL ID Act of 2005. It follows standards set by Congress in order to enhance security for state issued driver’s licenses and identification cards. As of October 2020, you will no longer be permitted to pass through airport security without obtaining one or a passport.

What if I don’t plan on flying? Am I still required to get an Arizona Travel ID?

Obtaining an Arizona Travel ID is completely voluntary and not required by law. However, if you choose to opt out of the Arizona Travel ID, your driver’s license or personal identification card will read “Not for Federal Identification” to signal that it is not REAL ID compliant. Keep in mind that when choosing to opt out, this will prevent your ability to fly within the United States unless you have a valid passport.

How long will my Travel ID be valid?

The federal government requires that your Arizona Travel ID be valid for up to eight years after issuance. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. Drivers who are 65 or older with currently valid licenses for five years are excluded from this, and non-U.S. citizens with authorized legal presence will find an expiration date of their Travel ID to be congruent with their immigration documents as long as it doesn’t exceed the eight year limit.

Where can I get my Arizona Travel ID?

AZ Auto License Services is able to help you obtain your Arizona Travel ID, and you don’t need an appointment to do so. We have several locations for your convenience, and we’re open evenings and Saturdays so that you can obtain your Travel ID at the time most convenient for you.

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What do I need to bring with me?

Before you stop by AZ Auto to get your federally compliant Arizona Travel ID, you’ll need to gather a few documents first. Please bring the following with you:

A Document to Establish Citizenship or Legal Presence

Examples of acceptable documents include:

  • Certified birth certificate (no copies)
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Valid immigration documents

A Document to Confirm Social Security Information

Examples of acceptable documents include:

  • Social security card (no copies)
  • W-2 form

TWO Documents to Establish Proof of Residency

Examples of acceptable documents include:

  • Your most recent bank statement
  • Your most recent utility bill
  • Your Arizona Voter Registration Card

Have more questions about obtaining your Arizona Travel ID? Contact us at AZ Auto today.