Arizona Drivers License vs. REAL ID Card

Sample of Arizona Driver License, effective June 16, 2014
Arizona Department of Transportation

Getting a driver's license in the state of Arizona has never been easier. However, effective October 1, 2020, the standard Arizona Driver License will no longer be accepted by TSA to pass through airport security and board commercial aircraft, as well as access restricted areas in federal facilities, nuclear power plants, and military facilities. Only the REAL ID compliant Voluntary Travel ID will be accepted.

That being said, those wishing to convert their Arizona driver’s license or IDs to the voluntary travel ID can visit to make an appointment at any of the eight offices in Phoenix, Tucson, Prescott, and Flagstaff, or visit any of the 24 authorized third-party driver's license providers across the state without an appointment.

Applicants will need to provide one document to establish birth or legal presence in the United States, such as a birth certificate, a U.S. passport, passport card, certificate of citizenship, or immigration documents. They’ll also need to provide a document to confirm their social security number (like a W-2 form), as well as a document to establish proof of residence, such as a bank statement or utility bill. A full list of approved documents is available online. The travel ID card costs $25 and is good for up to eight years.

Residents can also opt-out of a REAL ID-compliant and choose a regular state license. The card will be marked with "Not for federal identification.” and will need a valid passport to travel even within the United States.

Apply for a New Arizona Driver's License

This information is via the Arizona Department of Transportation – Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) website.

  • To apply for your driver's license, you'll need to begin by filling out the Driver License/Identification Card Application(Form 40-5122).
  • To complete your new driver's license application process:
    • Submit your completed license application 
    • Surrender your out-of-state license, if you're a new resident.
    • Present proof of ID, age, and legal presence in AZ
      • You'll need a minimum of 2 documents from the full list of accepted documents(birth certificateU.S. passport, I-94, Social Security card); 1 document must include a clear photo of you.
      • At least 1 document must be from the Primary column.
      • If you don't have a photo document, you'll need 3 documents from the list.
      • All documents must be originals or certified copies.
  • Provide proof of name change, if applicable (marriage certificate, divorce decree).
  • Provide your Social Security number.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Pass the written knowledge test (unless exempt).
  • If you hold a permit, you will not need to take the permit test.
  • New residents generally do not have to take this exam.
  • Pass the driving test (unless exempt).
  • New residents generally do not have to take the driving test.
  • Pay the applicable fee.
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