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Posted at 10:25 AM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 12:25:33-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — The deadline for the Real ID is coming.

To make sure that Tucsonans have the proper federal ID by the October deadline, the University of Arizona Passports Office will hold a special "Passport Day" application event on Feb. 22.

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Beginning on Oct. 1, domestic travelers will be required to present a Real ID to board a flight. State driver's license without a gold star will no longer be accepted. However, a passport will fulfill the federal requirements for identification needed after the deadline.

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Sample of Arizona Real ID. Effective October 1, 2020, only the Arizona Travel ID (driver license or ID card), a U.S. passport and other federally approved identification will be accepted for domestic travel.

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Passport applications should bring:

  • Proof of citizenship (certified or original version)
  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Recent passport style photo (2 inches by 2 inches), or applicants can use the photo service on site for $10
  • Two separate payments (cash is not accepted)

The event will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Arizona Global Center, 615 North Park Avenue.

More information about the required documents and fees can be found here.