PHOENIX – Arizonans thinking about getting a Travel ID to replace their current standard driver license or ID card should make an appointment at an Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division office soon to prepare for the Oct. 1, 2020, changes to ID requirements at airport security checkpoints.
“As of this week, there are about 500 business days, excluding government holidays, for people who want to get the Travel ID,” said MVD Stakeholder Relations Manager Jennifer Bowser Richards. “There are literally millions of Arizonans who may want to get this credential, so making an appointment at ServiceArizona.com to visit an MVD office and obtain the Travel ID is becoming more important as time passes.”
Arizona is one of 37 states to offer a choice between a credential that meets federal standards and one that does not. Arizona law requires that MVD provide customers with this choice.
The Arizona Travel ID replaces the holder’s current card and is distinguished by a gold star embedded in the upper right-hand corner. This indicates the holder has verified his or her identity to meet the more stringent standards of the federal REAL-ID Act. It does not replace a U.S. passport for international travel.
When making an appointment, customers should be prepared to bring several different forms of identification. Some examples include:
- One document such as a birth certificate or valid U.S. passport to verify identity
- One document with the user’s Social Security number such as a Social Security card or W-2 form
- Two documents such as utility bills or bank statements that prove Arizona residency
A full list of acceptable documents is available online at azdot.gov/travelID.
Customers should bring documents that are consistent with each other in regards to a person’s name and other information. For example, name changes due to marriage or divorce, use of nicknames instead of given names and so forth, need to be considered when bringing in documentation.
Some Authorized Third Party dealers provide full license and ID services, including offering the Travel ID. Go to azdot.gov/thirdpartyDLservices for more information on locations and availability.