Arizonans will soon have a new ID that meets the federal REAL ID Act security requirements.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division, the new Voluntary Travel ID meets security requirements to gain access to airports, restricted federal buildings, military bases and much more. The new ID is $25 and is good for up to eight years.
“With the availability of this new Travel ID, Arizonans have certainty around their ability to conduct business as usual when it comes to flying and accessing federal facilities,” MVD Director Eric Jorgensen said in a recent release. “Now everyone has several years to decide if and when to replace their current license or ID with a Travel ID.”
So no need to rush out and get one, most AZ residents should not require the Voluntary Travel ID for several more years. Here is the reason there is no rush, AZ is now offering a credential that complies with the REAL ID Act of 2005, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has said it will consider AZ drivers licenses and IDs valid through Oct. 1, 2020. This means Arizonans will be able to travel by commercial airline and will have access to federal facilities.
There are 39 security requirements that have been incorporated in the Voluntary Travel ID design, all to meet the REAL ID Act’s goal of making identity documents more consistent and secure. A star is the most obvious mark that confirms it is REAL ID-compliant. Each Voluntary Travel ID requires more documentation from an applicant and greater review than a standard Arizona credential, including checking information against additional databases to confirm an applicant’s identity.