Deadline is May 3, 2023 for Passengers to Get Federally-Required Real ID to Fly
May 3, 2022
Starting May 3, 2023, commercial airline passengers ages 18 and older will be required to show identification that complies with the Real ID Act to clear Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints at all U.S. airports. After postponing earlier deadlines, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will begin enforcing the requirement on May 3, 2023.
Arizonans who use their driver’s license or ID card to go through TSA security, should consider getting the voluntary Arizona Travel ID through the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Motor Vehicle Division to be assured of having it when enforcement begins. The Travel ID can be combined and used as a driver’s license, but the standard Arizona Driver License does not comply with Real ID security requirements and will not be accepted by TSA as of May 3, 2023. The Travel ID is easily distinguished from a standard ID by a star cutout inside a gold circle in the upper right corner on the front of the card.
To meet security requirements of the Real ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, applicants for an Arizona Travel ID must provide a Social Security number plus documentation showing your full legal name, date of birth, two proofs of address for your principal residence and your legal status. The cost for the Travel ID is $25 and in most cases it will be valid for up to eight years.
ADOT provides specific information about the voluntary Arizona Travel ID here:
Other Compliant IDs
While driver’s licenses are the most common ID used at airport checkpoints, other IDs the TSA will accept as Real IDs starting May 3, 2023, are:
- U.S. passport
- U.S. passport card
- A Real ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card issued by any U.S. state or territory (Compliant IDs have a star incorporated into the design on the front.)
- A Trusted Traveler card (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST) issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents
- Permanent resident card (Green Card)
- Border crossing card
- A photo ID issued by the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, the Tohono Oʼodham Nation or another federally recognized tribe
- HSPD-12 PIV card (issued to federal employees and contractors)
- Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) issued by the states of Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont or Washington
- Passport issued by a foreign government
- Driver’s licence issued by a Canadian province
- Status card issued by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
- Transportation worker identification credential
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
- U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential
- Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC)
IDs must be currently valid and not expired.
Not acceptable as Real IDs are standard state-issued driver’s licenses and IDs, temporary driver’s licenses, weapons permits and any document that includes a notation that it cannot be used as a federal ID.