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What Is an Arizona Voluntary Travel ID

Volunteer Travel ID sample. Note top right corner star. Photo via ADOT.

If you rely on your Arizona driver’s license or state ID card to pass through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoints at airports, you might want to consider getting an Arizona Voluntary Travel ID in the coming months.

In a little more than two years, on October 1, 2020, TSA checkpoints will no longer recognize Arizona-issued driver’s licenses or state IDs as valid identification cards. The state is hoping that, by then, Arizona residents will obtain a Voluntary Travel ID. The ID looks like your existing driver’s license except for a new gold star logo in the upper-right corner that meets additional requirements. The Arizona Voluntary Travel ID complies with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, which was passed in response to 9/11 to set federal standards for issuance of identification sources such as driver’s licenses.

You have plenty of time to get one, but the state is encouraging residents to update their IDs sooner rather than later to avoid a potential rush as October 2020 approaches.

However, if you’re an enrolled Native American, federally recognized, tribal-issued photo IDs are already accepted by TSA. A variety of other documents, including a U.S. passport, are also accepted.

The cost for an Arizona Voluntary Travel ID is $25, and it is valid for up to eight years. You are required to apply in person at an Arizona Motor Vehicle Division office (fill out the application online before visiting an office). To convert a current Arizona ID card to a Voluntary Travel driver’s license or ID card, an appointment at MVD is also required. Walk-ins are possible at the many third-party driver license providers, many of which are open Saturdays.

Your new Voluntary Travel ID will arrive via U.S. Mail up to two weeks later.

To apply for an Arizona Voluntary Travel ID, you will need to present documents for proof of birth (a birth certificate or a passport), Social Security number verification (Social Security card, W-2 or 1099 form) and proof of Arizona residency (two documents with your address, such as a utility bill or bank statement, mortgage or loan document, Arizona Voter Registration Card, Medicare/Medicaid or WIC statements, etc.).

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