Next fall, the federal government’s Real ID Act goes fully into effect and will change the acceptable form of ID required to pass through airport security, regardless of a flight’s destination.
The Real ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, requires every air traveler 18 years or older to have an ID marked with a star located in the upper portion of the card.
An enactment of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation, the Real ID Act establishes specific federal requirements for state-issued driver license and identification cards.
Those American passengers who do not have a Real ID-compliant license will need to show another form of valid identification such as a passport. Without it, travelers will not be allowed through the security checkpoint.
Alaska, California, Oregon, Montana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Maine are all states that have yet to make the switch to the Real ID system.
In Texas, the Department of Public Safety began issuing identification cards with the required star on October 10, 2016.
Texas residents who have not renewed or been issued an identification card after that date will be unable to board domestic flights without a secondary approved proof of identification.
Arizona is among states granted federal exemptions allowing valid driver licenses and state IDs to be used for travel until Oct. 1, 2020.
Arizonans have the now have the opportunity to obtain a Voluntary Travel ID. It’s available by appointment at Motor Vehicle Division offices or without an appointment at an Authorized Third Party provider offering driver license services. It costs $25 and in most cases is valid for eight years.
For more information on the Voluntary Travel ID and the documents required to get one visit azdot.gov/TravelID. To schedule an appointment to get a Voluntary Travel ID at an MVD office or to locate an Authorized Third Party offering driver license services. You also can schedule an MVD appointment to get a Voluntary Travel ID via ServiceArizona.com.