What is the Travel Credential?
The Travel Credential, issued as either a driver license or identification card, complies with the security standards set forth by the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. The REAL ID Act sets up minimum standards for acceptable identification required to enter federally-controlled spaces such as airport security, military bases, etc. These standards are aimed at verifying that a person is who they say they are before they are allowed access to these areas.
Arizona offers two options for residents when it comes to driver licenses and ID cards. The first is a Standard driver license or ID, which many Arizona residents currently possess. The Standard credential does not meet the federal minimum security standards. While these credentials are still valid for driving or identification, you will not be able to board a domestic flight or enter federally-controlled areas, such as military bases and federal courthouses, without a compliant form of identification once the federal guidelines are in effect.
The voluntary Travel Credential meets the federal security requirements and includes a gold circle with a star cutout in the top right corner. In Arizona, it is good for 8 years from the date of issuance or until you turn 65, whichever time period is shorter. Once you reach age 65, the Travel Credential is good for 5 years from the date of issuance. Residents who choose not to obtain a Travel Credential will still be able to board domestic flights or access other federally-controlled areas with an alternative form of identification like a U.S. Passport.
Federal Deadline for Arizona Travel Credential
The deadline for the Arizona Travel Credential has been extended several times over the last three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns that people would not have enough time or access to MVD services to get a compliant ID before the guidelines are active. The current deadline for the federal guidelines to take effect is May 7, 2024.
What Does This Mean for Arizona Residents?
The latest extension means that Arizona’s residents will have more time to gather the necessary documents and visit an MVD or Authorized Third Party location, like FooteWork, to obtain their Travel Credential. These documents include a Primary Document, such as a U.S. Birth Certificate, U.S. Passport, or Permanent Resident card, among others; and 2 documents to prove your physical Arizona address, such as a utility bill or bank statement. Arizona does not require your Social Security Card to be provided, but your Social Security number must be listed on your application. A full list of accepted documents can be found here.
Travel Credentials can be issued at all of our locations: Prescott, Prescott Valley, Cottonwood, Williams, and Flagstaff! Come in and see us or book an appointment here.