Traveling Within the United States By Air Will Require A New ID In 2020

Michelle J. Perkins, Esq.

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As fast as 2018 went, we should all realize this is just around the corner!

Starting in October of 2020, Arizona Driver’s Licenses will NO LONGER be accepted as an acceptable form of identification to travel by plane.

Although for some of you this policy change may seem distant, you don’t want to be the one who books the family vacation to Disneyworld only to find out you can’t get on the plane!

Travelers will still be allowed to use the valid identifications below, but a normal Arizona driver’s license will not work.

  • U.S. passport or passport card
  • DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents
  • Permanent resident card or Border crossing card
  • DHS-designated enhanced driver's license
  • Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
  • HSPD-12 PIV card
  • Foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
  • Transportation worker identification credential
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
  • U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential

Please note that the rules for international travel remains unchanged, you will still need a valid passport to travel outside of the United States.

To get started, click here: https://azdot.gov/motor-vehicles/driver-services/arizona-travel-id/overview

If the MVD lines seem too long, there are also many authorized third party service providers for the Motor Vehicle Division throughout the Valley, many of which are open on Saturdays. To see the list of locations, click here: https://azdot.gov/motor-vehicles/driver-services/ATP-driver-license-locations

The Arizona Travel ID is the credential that complies with the federal REAL ID act of 2005. It is both a driver license and an identification card. A gold star is embedded in the card to show the cardholder has provided added proof of identification to ensure the license or ID meets strict federal requirements.

Everyone has travel “horror stories”, don’t let this policy change add a story to your repertoire.

All of us at Owens & Perkins hope you and your loved ones had a safe and wonderful holiday celebration and as we bring in the new year, remember a quote from Benjamin Franklin “be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better” person.

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If you find yourself, a friend or a loved one in need of legal assistance and you would like to work with one of our experienced Attorneys, please call OWENS & PERKINS at (480) 630-2464 to schedule your free 30 minute consultation.

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