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Real ID Is Coming - Make an Appointment at AZ MVD!

Posted by Dev Sethi | Nov 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Real ID is coming. Make an appointment now to upgrade your drivers license or other state-issued ID to a federally compliant Arizona Travel ID to avoid travel nightmares in 2020. Beginning in October 2020, TSA will only accept IDs that comply with federal regulations for domestic air travel.  Time flies, and you do not want to get stuck grounded at the airport.

Passports and military IDs remain acceptable for travel, but most Americans rely on their driver's license to clear airport security.  The majority of Arizonans, though, do not have a state ID that will allow them to fly.  The Arizona Department of Transportation reports that it has issued less than 500,000 federally compliant Arizona IDs.

Arizona has recently launched the "Don't Get Grounded!" campaign, which urges Arizonans to get to the DMV and upgrade their ID. It typically takes 10 days to receive your new license in the mail, and as crowds head in to get the new card, processing times could increase  The message is act now!  The DMV conveniently allows you to make an appointment, so getting in and out is quick, efficient, and easy.  You can also visit one of the many private, third party vendors around the state.  The lines there are typically small, though there is an additional convenience fee.

Do I need a new ID?

If your current ID has a gold star in the upper right hand corner, you are good to go.  If it does not have one, get to the DMV.

Starting October 2020, your ID must have a gold star to clear TSA.

How Can I Make an Appointment?

Go to to make an appointment.  General locations and hours are here.  

What Do I Need?

You need four documents to get an Arizona Travel ID. 

1. Proof of identity

Bring ONE of the following items:

  • Birth certificate.
  • U.S. Passport.
  • Passport card.

2. Proof of Social Security Number

Bring ONE of the following items:

  • Social Security card.
  • W-2 form.

3. Proof of Arizona residency

Bring TWO of these showing your current address:

  • Utility bill. 
  • Credit card statement.
  • Bank statement.
  • Insurance policy.

About the Author

Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.


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