Voluntary Traveler ID

PHOENIX (3 ON YOUR SIDE) -- Planning a trip? Your flying days may be coming to an end if you don't have the right ID to pass through airport security.

The clock is ticking.

"If you don't have the Voluntary Travel ID by October 1 of 2020 when you go through TSA, they're not going to accept the standard license,” Doug Nick told 3 On Your Side.

[WATCH 3 ON  YOUR SIDE'S ORIGINAL STORY: Travelers need to get voluntary travel IDs before Oct. 2020 (May 14, 2018)]

Nick is a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Transportation. The agency is doing its best to alert people now that they need to trade in their old driver license for a new federally approved one.

TSA checkpoint

If you don't do that by October 2020, then you won't be allowed through TSA checkpoints.

"This is a nationwide issue; this isn't simply an Arizona problem," Nick said.

More than a decade ago, Arizona lawmakers decided not to comply with the federal REAL ID when it first came into existence.

"Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act 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,'" explains the Homeland Security website. "The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards."

But Arizona is now on board with the idea and has been given time to convince people to switch.

"I'm surprised they waited until now to do it; Nevada had done it earlier," Wayne Miller told 3 On Your Side outside an MVD office.

Standard driver license Voluntary Travel ID

Three years ago, Arizona even started issuing driver licenses that clearly stated that the ID is not for federal identification, which is fine if you don't ever plan on flying.

[RELATED: Arizonans can begin obtaining REAL ID-compliant licenses (March 31, 2016)]

But if you want to fly, not surprisingly, the new IDs will cost you money and time. In fact, you're required to make an appointment at your local MVD office to get your new ID. So, don't try just walking in. (Click here to fill out the application before your scheduled appointment.)

You'll then have to pay $25 for it. When you get your new ID, you'll notice some subtle changes.

Voluntary Travel ID

"It does have the gold star which is the visual cue to the TSA," Nick explained about one of the changes.

The gold star in the upper right corner tells TSA that it's the new travel ID and that it meets stricter security standards.

You'll have to renew your Voluntary Travel ID every eight years.

Some travelers have already made the switch.

"I just got a new driver's license last weekend,” Jordan Levine told us.

ADOT says you have about two years to switch over. But if you wait too long, that could be a problem.

Motor Vehicle Division MVD DMV

Remember, getting the new ID is by appointment only and if you think MVD lines are long now, then get ready.

"We want to get the word out as soon as possible, so we don't have a crush sometime in late summer or early fall of 2020,” Nick said. “We want to have more of a steady flow of customers converting to this throughout the next couple of years rather than having that huge push at the last minute."

And if you'd rather show your passport instead of using your driver's license at TSA security checkpoints, that is always good. The TSA has a list of acceptable forms of ID to go through airport checkpoints on its website.

Click here to get more information about Arizona's Voluntary Travel ID from ADOT.


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(24) comments


All of the talk about passports on this thread is hilarious. Like any dope on here ever leaves the country.


Just because you are that much of a dope? By the way you will need a new form of ID to fly anywhere. Obviously you do not know how to read.


Yeah, I KNOW THAT. Maybe I should revise it to read, "Like any dope on here ever leaves Arizona."


You are the hilarious one, showing your incompetence and stupidity in all your comments.


Unless your 65 and then you have to renew your license every 5 years.If you get a "travel" ID to last 8 years then your driver's license becomes invalid (you can't have both). Sounds like elder abuse!! [pirate]

AZ Native

The AZ License is $25 and good for 8 years. A U.S. Passport is $175 and for 10 years. Terrible on both accounts.


But you do not have to make a special "appointment" then wait for hours at the DMV for a passport. I did not pay $175 for my passport, in fact I think it was closer to $80 since I was in no hurry for it.


I already paid that in the 90s to last til I was in my 60s. Not sure why they need more than 5 bucks to process.


They just want your money Justin. If you get a new one you will have to pay all over again.


That's my point, Dean


Probably have a "chip" in it where they can track you even on the pot


Get a valid US Passport. Don't spend the extra money on this unnecessary license renewal.


Right. Passports are *so* much easier to obtain than driver's licenses.


You obviously have never had a passport. It is extremely easy to get a passport (IF you are a citizen or LEGAL resident which I doubt you are) in that all you have to do is fill out a form, get your picture taken and mail those with a birth certificate and sit back and wait a couple of weeks. No appointment necessary to sit at the DMV for 4 or 5 hours.


A couple of weeks vs. a few hours?? Yeah, so easy, dipshit! JFC.


Notice they don't mention passport until the very end of the article. Passport works just fine for air travel. You don't need to buy this add-on drivers license feature.


I think they added that comment AFTER my post since they were caught with the truth.


Right, Dean. The AZFamily content editor staff pays extra special attention to all of your posts. You're that important.


Maybe the reason AZ is not telling you this is that AZ does not get any money for replacing your DL if you use a passport.


Hold everything Charlie - If you have a US passport you do not need one of these. From what I have seen and understand the way AZ is handling it, it is easier to get a passport than one of these things.


Hold the phone, Mabel! You whine about the cost of a driver's license and then tell everyone to just get a passport. Makes sense.


Hey henny penny, please quote EXACTLY where I EVER complained about the cost of a DL? come on. You are showing how stupid you are.


"They just want your money", "if you get a new one, you'll have to pay all over again" shows that you're concerned about the cost. Then you go on stupidly suggesting that people pay $145--which is the current cost--for a friggin' passport rather than $25 for the Travel ID. Not to mention, a passport doesn't get to you in 15 days-- it can take up to two months. So yeah-- EVERYBODY GET A PASSPORT because it's SO EASY AND INEXPENSIVE. Maybe that makes sense in your idiot bubble ("Deanworld"?) but not to other people.


Aren't we the state that got blasted out of the water for insisting illegal aliens show proof of their right to be in our country? Where is the outcry for Americans having to prove they are American?

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