REAL ID Deadline and how to apply for one in Arizona

2022 Update: Arizona REAL ID Deadline

Did you know that in May of 2023, you’ll need a REAL ID to travel by air? If you don’t have one by the May 3, 2023 REAL ID deadline, consider your flight grounded. 

Luckily, you have some time before the requirement is in place to get your new ID. Read on to learn more about an Arizona REAL ID, how to get one, what you need to get it, and how much it will cost you. We’ve got you covered so the deadline doesn’t ruin your travel plans. 

What Is an Arizona REAL ID?

After 9/11, the 9/11 Commission recommended that the federal government create standards for identification sources. The resulting REAL ID Act, which was passed by Congress in 2005, requires minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cars. 

The Ace prohibits federal agencies from accepting licenses and identification from states that have not met the standards. This means that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which is the federal agency that handles airport security, cannot accept your license to allow you through a security checkpoint at the airport to board a flight. 

A REAL ID will have a gold star embedded in it. This will tell you if your ID complies or not. Non-REAL IDs will not have this gold star on them. The gold star indicates that the cardholder provided additional proof of identification to meet the federal REAL ID Act requirements.  

What Happens When REAL ID Enforcement Begins?

On May 3, 2023, federal agencies will not accept any state-issued identification cards or driver’s licenses for the purpose of accessing federal facilities, such as the secure area of the airport, if it was not issued by a REAL ID-compliant state. If your state is out of compliance, you will not be permitted to go through the security checkpoint. 

Some states, like Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Washington, have what is known as Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (EDL). EDLs are considered an acceptable alternative to the REAL ID. 

Do I Need a Federally-Compliant Travel ID?

Arizona residents are not required to obtain a travel ID, unless they are planning on air travel following the May 3, 2023 deadline. However, a valid passport will suffice in order to pass security checkpoints and board a commercial aircraft. Current driver’s licenses and IDs are still accepted to enter restricted federal buildings and military bases up through the May 2023 deadline.

What Do I Need To Get a Real ID?

REAL ID requirements include additional documents to prove your identity. In order to get an AZ REAL ID, you will need to present three things. These include: 

1. Proof of Identity

You should bring ONE of the following: 

  • Certified birth certificate (should be issued by a city, county, or state vital statistics office)
  • US passport 
  • Passport card

2. Your Social Security number

You do not need to provide a document proving your Social Security number as you did previously. Rather, you just have to provide the complete number. 

3. Proof of Arizona Residency 

You will need TWO of the following to prove that you are a resident of the state of Arizona:

  • A utility bill showing your Arizona address
  • Credit card statement showing your Arizona address
  • Bank statement showing your Arizona address
  • Insurance policy showing your Arizona address

If you do not have the required Arizona residency documents, you may fill out an Arizona Residency Affidavit and use that as one of your residency documents.

Do Children Need a REAL ID? 

The TSA does not require REAL IDs or any identification for children younger than 18 if they are traveling domestically with a companion. The companion will need appropriate identification. 

Airlines may have specific requirements, though, so you should check with your airline before arriving at the airport. 

How Much Does a REAL ID Cost? 

In Arizona, a REAL ID will cost you $25. 

Where Can I Apply for a REAL ID? 

The quickest and easiest place to get a REAL ID in Arizona is GG&D Motor Vehicle Services. We are an authorized third-party agent for the Motor Vehicle Division. We offer a full range of vehicle services, including title transfers, motor vehicle registration, license plate replacement, notary services, temporary permits, and REAL ID cards. 

We have six different locations in Phoenix, Glendale, and Mesa, including: 

We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. We also have convenient hours. We are open late five days a week and are open all day on Saturdays. Don’t spend hours at the MVD when you can be quickly in and out of a convenient GG&D location. 

We have bilingual staff to help answer your questions and handle your needs and we are one of the oldest and largest third-party Arizona MVD authorized agencies licensed and bonded in Maricopa County.  

Get Your Arizona REAL ID Today

Don’t wait until it gets close to the deadline to get your Arizona REAL ID. Come in when it is convenient for you; you don’t need an appointment. There’s likely to be a big rush as the deadline approaches, so save yourself the frustration and come in to GG&D as soon as possible to get your REAL ID and get it out of the way. 

If you have any questions about the REAL ID, the process of obtaining one, or what you need in order to get one, take a look at our frequently asked questions page and contact us if you have any additional questions that are not answered there.

This is in part due to the COVID-19 situation and the need to lessen the number of attendants in MVD and third-party MVD locations. However, GG&D locations are now open and accepting walk-ins for individuals looking to fulfill their Travel ID requirements ahead of the deadline.


What is an Arizona Travel ID?

The Arizona Travel ID is compliant with the REAL ID Act of 2005, mandating air travelers to carry a federally-approved proof of identification in order to fly. This is available both for a driver’s license and ID card.


Do I Need a Federally-Compliant Travel ID?

Arizona residents are not required to obtain a Travel ID, unless they are planning on air travel following the May 3, 2023 deadline. However, a valid passport will suffice in order to pass security checkpoints and board a commercial aircraft. Current driver’s licenses and IDs are still accepted to enter restricted federal buildings and military bases up through the May 2023 deadline.

Where Can I Apply for a Travel ID?

Applicants can obtain a Travel ID from their nearest GG&D authorized third party location. Our sites are taking walk-ins only and no appointments will be taken. Please remember to bring one document to establish birth or legal presence (birth certificate, passport, legal documents), one document to verify your Social Security number (Social Security card, W-2) and two documents to establish residency in Arizona (bank statements, utility bills, AZ Voter Registration card).