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Do I Need a Travel ID?

In Arizona, there are two types of driver licenses and identification cards offered. First is the “old school” drivers license or id, which many people currently have in Arizona. The second is the new voluntary Travel ID, which is also a drivers license or id. It has special attributes for security making it compliant with the Real ID Act, meaning it will be accepted at federal agencies, like airports.

Deadline Approaching Oct 1st, 2020

The reason you’re hearing more about the Travel Id lately is because there is a federal deadline coming up next year. The Travel ID will allow you to travel without carrying your passport for flights within the country after October 1st, 2020. After this date, if you have an old school ID, you will need to bring another federally accepted ID with you, like your passport. This is because the old school ones are not federally accepted and not compliant with the Real ID Act.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, “Secure driver’s licenses and identification documents are a vital component of a holistic national security strategy. Law enforcement must be able to rely on government-issued identification documents and know that the bearer of such a document is who he or she claims to be. REAL ID is a coordinated effort by the states and the Federal Government to improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued identification documents, which should inhibit terrorists’ ability to evade detection by using fraudulent identification.”

The Travel ID also gets you through federal-building checkpoints, like into a courthouse. So while you might not think you’re traveling anywhere, there are other reasons a Travel ID will make access to certain places easier.

Fast Facts on the Oct 2020 Travel ID Requirements

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While the three requirement categories are the same for both types of IDs, the list of federally accepted documents are not. The qualifying list of documents for the Travel ID is shorter than that of a traditional id, making it harder for some to qualify.

The other thing to know about the Travel ID is it lasts for eight years. Below are requirement lists for both so that you can be prepared when you decided to update your license or id.

Note: The MVD only can issue Commercial Driver License (CDL) Travel ID’s

Arizona Travel DL/ID Requirements:

~Proof of Identity 1 document: Original or certified Birth certificate, U.S. Passport, or Passport Card and a few others are accepted, see below images for complete list. (If you need a certified copy of an Arizona birth certificate, the Arizona Department of Health Services now accepts online orders with expedited processing.)

~Proof of Social Security Number 1 document: Social Security card or W-2, 1099 form, (Not 1099R), showing full SSN. (To order a replacement Social Security card visit the Social Security Administration website and establish an account.)

Note: If your current legal name is different from the one shown on a document, you must show legal proof of name change, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order.

~Proof of Arizona Residency 2 documents: with your current Arizona residential address (examples: utility bills, voter card, credit card / bank statements, insurance policy)

Online PDF of requirements here

Arizona Non Travel DL/ID Requirements:

~Proof of Identity 1 document: Original or certified Birth certificate, U.S. Passport, or Passport Card and there are other qualifying documents, see below image of complete list. (If you need a certified copy of an Arizona birth certificate, the Arizona Department of Health Services now accepts online orders with expedited processing.)

~Proof of Social Security Number 1 document: Social Security card or W-2 form, 1099, or pay stub showing full SSN (To order a replacement Social Security card visit the Social Security Administration website and establish an account.)

Note: If your current legal name is different from the one shown on a document, you must show legal proof of name change, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order.

~Proof of Arizona Residency 2 documents: with your current Arizona residential address (examples: utility bills, voter card, credit card / bank statements, insurance policy)

We offer both Travel and Non Travel Driver Licenses and IDs at our Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Cottonwood offices. Come in and see us!

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