REAL ID Deadline and how to apply for one in Arizona

REAL ID Deadline Requirements Delayed to May 2023 (UPDATED)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that the REAL ID deadline for air travelers to get a driver’s license or ID that complies with the REAL ID Act, including the AZ Travel ID, has been pushed back again, to May 3rd, 2023. 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).