That’s right: In just a little more than 13 months, your old driver license will no longer serve as federally approved identification at TSA airport security checkpoints for domestic travel.
So, what can you use instead? The Arizona Travel ID or a U.S. passport will both be acceptable forms of approved ID. Here, we answer all your questions about the new travel ID, so you’ll be prepared when the deadline comes (October 1, 2020).
What is the difference between the new travel ID and a “regular” driver license?
The new Arizona Travel ID is the credential that complies with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. It serves as both a driver license and identification card. When you get your Arizona Travel ID, you’ll see a gold star embedded in the card—this is new and isn’t present on the old style of driver license. The gold star shows that you, as the ID holder, have provided the Arizona government the additional proof of identification necessary to meet the updated federal requirements.
If you get a new driver license and opt out of getting the new travel ID, your license will indicate that it’s “Not for federal identification.” (Note that you can continue to use this at airport security checkpoints through September 30, 2020, but it won’t be accepted after that date.)
You can learn more about the REAL ID Act here.
How do I know if I need an Arizona Travel ID?
You’re not required to get an Arizona Travel ID, but you might prefer one if you meet these criteria:
- You travel domestically and currently use your driver license or ID card at airport security checkpoints.
- You’re new to Arizona or are getting an Arizona Driver License or identification card for the first time.
- You need to renew your current license.
- You’re getting a 12-year photo update to your current license.
If you typically use a passport or other permissible documents at TSA checkpoints, then you may not need an Arizona Travel ID.
How can I get an Arizona Travel ID?
To apply for your Arizona Travel ID, start by completing the application online in advance, as well as scheduling an appointment at an MVD office (you can also visit an authorized third-party driver license office without an appointment). When you show up for your appointment, be sure to bring your original identification documents.
What are the original identification documents?
You’ll need to bring the following to the MVD or third-party driver license office to verify your identity:
- Birth certificate or current (unexpired) U.S. Passport
- Social Security card or W-2 form
- Two documents that establish proof of residency (such as bank statements or utility bills; these must show your name and current address)
Make sure you have every document required by taking this questionnaire.
How much does it cost and how long will my Arizona Travel ID be valid?
The application cost is $25 at state MVD offices and $55 at 3rd party locations. Most Arizona Travel IDs are valid for eight years, but if you’re 65 or older, your travel ID will be valid for five years (similar to a driver license for 65 and older).
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