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Only 500 business days left before Travel ID deadline for Arizona

TSA to stiffen airport ID requirements on Oct. 1, 2020
October 04, 2018

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.AZDriverLicense Travel ID

“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 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

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 for more information on locations and availability.

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Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) y otras normas y leyes antidiscriminatorias, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieran asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles de ADOT en Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más antes posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.