Arizona Has Simplified Its Driver's License and Travel ID Site

Mark Hake

The Arizona Dept. of Transportation has simplified its website showing the advantages of applying for a "Travel ID."

The site shows that starting on May 7, 2025, a Travel ID will be required at TSA airport security checkpoints. This is the same as an Arizona driver's license with a gold star in the upper right-hand corner.
AZ Travel IDPhoto byADOT

Short of that, a traveler will have to present a passport or other federally approved identification just to board a plane.

Moreover, the new site also shows that there are several advantages to getting a Travel ID driver's license.
Advantages of AZ Travel IDPhoto byADOT

The site shows that the Travel ID is only $25 and lasts for 8 years.

DHS and the REAL ID Requirement

The Dept. of Homeland Security reset the implementation date for the REAL ID requirement on Dec. 5 in a statement.

Now the DHS REAL ID site has also been revamped. It shows a map of the U.S. where you can click on the state and be taken directly to the REAL ID page for the state.
DHS REAL ID sitePhoto byDept. of Homeland Security

Note that most other states other than Arizona call their new driver's license a REAL ID or REAL ID-compliant license.

What You Need in Arizona

To get an Arizona Travel ID or REAL ID license the driver must provide a birth certificate and/or passport showing they were born in the U.S. or have U.S. citizenship.

People who have a name change (from divorce, marriage, adoption, etc.) can show the legal paperwork that proves this.

In addition, you need to show your Social Security Number (SSN) card or else a pay stub having your SSN.

Lastly, the person needs to provide 2 proofs of legal residency in Arizona.

This can include a utility statement, lease document, etc. You can even bring a valid existing AZ driver's license.

There are other documents that can satisfy this requirement, which can be found on the AZDMV website.

The bottom line is that it is not that hard to get a star put in the upper right-hand corner of your AZ license. This will allow you to travel hassle-free on airplanes starting May 7, 2025.


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Mark Hake is a financial analyst, investor, and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He writes about US and foreign stocks as well as cryptos, hedge funds, and private equity. He previously ran his own hedge fund, investment research firm, and acted as CFO for a fintech startup. He focuses on finding value, arbitrage, and hidden asset opportunities.

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