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Travel ID deadline: Only 300 business days left until new TSA rules take effect

Posted at 3:54 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 18:54:27-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizonans have only 300 business days left until new TSA ID rules go into effect.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, every air traveler 18-years or older will need a "REAL-ID" , a card that is marked with a star located in the upper portion of a driver's license.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is urging Arizonans to start the process as soon as possible.

“This date is looming large for Arizonans with driver licenses and ID cards,” said MVD Stakeholder Relations Manager Jennifer Bowser Richards. “We don’t want to see peoples’ travel plans ruined because they don’t have an ID that meets the upcoming new federal TSA checkpoint requirements, but that’s a very real risk for people who don’t get a Travel ID,” ADOT said in a press release.

The travel ID costs $25 and replaces the current license or ID.

ADOT says customers need to bring in a document to proves their identity and a second document with a social security number.

In addition, customers must show two pieces of documentation proving Arizona residency.

Bowser Richards added, “There are customers who plan to simply use a Passport even if they’re just flying to someplace like Atlanta, Denver, or L.A., which is their choice, but we suggest that the Travel ID is more convenient. Other customers have told us they rarely, if ever, travel by air, but having a Travel ID would be valuable in case of an unexpected trip that required air travel.”

Arizona is one of 37 states to offer the choice between a non-federally compliant credential or getting the travel ID.

For more information on the new TSA rules taking effect in 2020, visit