09 Feb 6 Common Questions About Getting an Arizona Travel ID
What is an Arizona Travel ID?
The Arizona Travel ID is the new credential that complies with the Federal REAL ID Act of 2005. It is available as both a driver’s license and identification card. There is a gold star embedded in the card. This means the cardholder has provided proof of identification that meets strict Federal requirements. Check out the this Travel ID. Can you find the gold star?
What is the reason it was put into place?
The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards required in order to get a State issued driver’s license or identification card. Basically, you’re going to need multiple valid documents to prove your identification to the MVD.
Where will it be used?
If you plan on flying anywhere within the United States, you will need the Arizona Travel ID to pass through TSA security checkpoints. If you plan on traveling internationally the rules have not changed. You will still need a valid U.S. Passport. Additionally, you will need one to enter Federal buildings and nuclear power plants.
Do I have to get one?
No, you don’t have to get one as long as you don’t plan on flying anywhere or you already have a United States Passport. Here’s the catch… what if you unexpectedly have to travel to another state for work or a family emergency? In addition to the stress of handling an unexpected trip, you will also need to worry about getting your Travel ID before you fly. This might take some time if you don’t readily have the proper documents required. It might be worth it to get a Travel ID for the “just in case” or “what if’s” that life brings.
On a side note, those under the age of 18 will not require a Travel ID.
How much is it going to cost?
The cost is $25.00 and it’s valid for eight years. Those age 65 or older are valid for five years.
What’s the deadline to get one?
The original deadline to obtain a Travel ID was October 1, 2020. Due to Covid-19, the deadline was extended to October 1, 2021 by the Federal government. There is still time to plan ahead to get your new ID so you’re not scrambling at the last minute. In next week’s blog, I will be going over how to obtain a Travel ID if you live in Gold Canyon/Apache Junction, Arizona.