The Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division is spreading the word early and encouraging residents who travel to obtain an Arizona Voluntary Travel ID. Standard IDs like a driver license will not be accepted by the Transportation Security Administration beginning in October of 2020. This change is due to the REAL ID Act:
"The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver's licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act's minimum standards. The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft."
You can access a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the REAL ID Act here. The Act does not apply to other important constitutionally protected activities, such as voting, receiving Federal benefits, driving, access to healthcare and participating in law enforcement proceedings. Passports are REAL ID compliant. If you have one, an Arizona Voluntary Travel ID is not necessary, but you will want to get in the habit of bringing it with you to airports.
To get an Arizona Voluntary Travel ID, simply go to ServiceArizona.com and make an appointment. The cost is $25 and is valid for eight years. You will need to bring:
- Birth Certificate or Passport to prove identity
- Social Security card or W-2 form to prove your Social Security Number
- Two documents that prove Arizona residency. i.e. utility bills and bank statements