Arizona Travel ID Delayed Until 2025 (Updated)

With the outbreak of Covid-19 causing delays, closures and abrupt interruption of routines – the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has chosen to extend the deadline of the Arizona Travel ID until 2025. Originally, residents of Arizona had a deadline of October 1st, 2020 to obtain an ID that is compliant with the REAL ID Act for traveling on planes and entering federal buildings. 

The goal of the delay is to reduce customer traffic to MVD locations throughout the state while the population continues to deal with the current public health situation. Instead of visiting a local MVD location, you can continue to use 3rd party MVD affiliates. 1 Stop Motor Vehicle Services is an official 3rd party MVD dealer with the ability to complete your Travel ID transaction in person.

What is the Real ID in Arizona?

The REAL ID Act was passed by the U.S. congress in 2005 with the goal of tightening identification that people use to travel with. After the terrorism that occurred during 9/11, it was apparent that stricter guidelines needed to be set. Currently, the Arizona driver’s licenses are not compliant with the REAL ID Act and therefore need to be updated for the safety and security of all U.S. citizens.

Get a Gold Start to Fly

How do you know if your current license is REAL ID compliant? If your current license has a gold star on it, then it is REAL ID compliant.

In Arizona, the state legislature passed a law requiring a license or cardholder to take steps to secure a Real ID. This new ID might be referred to as a REAL ID, Travel ID or Voluntary Travel ID. All of these names refer to this same type of identification.

There are still other forms of acceptable ID you can travel with. These other forms include:

  • A passport
  • U.S. Department of Defense ID
  • Border crossing card
  • DHS trusted traveler card
  • Permanent resident card
  • For a complete list of appropriate travel identification, visit

How Can I Get a Travel ID in Arizona?

It is a good idea to get your Travel ID sooner than later. However, since the deadline has moved to 2023, you still have plenty of time. The good news is that you do not have to attempt to use the MVD. Instead, you can choose to visit a 1 Stop Motor Vehicle Services locations to grab your ID. With extended hours and friendly service, it is a win-win situation.

To start the process, you must first begin an online application. Once that form has been completed, you must take documentation to a 1 Stop Motor Vehicle Services location. You will need the following to ensure you will receive a Real ID:

1 of the following proof of identity:

  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Current US Passport or Passport Card

AND 1 of the following proof of social security:

  • Social Security Card
  • W-2 form
  • 1099 Form
  • Paycheck stub

AND 2 other documents proving Arizona residency

  • Utility bills
  • Bank/credit card settlement
  • Insurance policy
  • Current Arizona license or registration with current address, etc.

Other Travel ID considerations:

  • Minors under the age of 18 are not required to have a Travel ID, as long as they are traveling alongside someone who does have it.
  • All airports in Arizona will require the Travel ID to travel beginning May 7, 2025.
  • Your new ID will be mailed to you.
  • Smile! You will need your picture taken at the time of application.
  • Skip the MVD! Get your new card at 1 Stop Motor Vehicle Services.

Final Thoughts

The Travel ID is an important security measure for all U.S. citizens. You will eventually be required to have one in order to get on an airplane or enter a federal building. You can get started by filling out an application online and visiting a 1 Stop Motor Vehicle Services location to complete the process. Arizona is one of the last states to fully comply with the Real ID Act. Remember, you have until May 2025 to be in compliance.

Don’t wait, get to a 1 Stop Motor Vehicle Services location for your Travel ID and even Motor Carrier Services!

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