Arizona Will Have To Comply With Federal REAL ID Requirements

By Alexandra Olgin
Published: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 5:05am
Updated: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 8:56am
(Photo courtesy of Arizona Motor Vehicle Division)
Examples of Arizona driver’s licenses.

Arizona will have to comply with the federal REAL ID requirements, which go into effect in January. The Department of Homeland Security denied the state’s request to excuse its driver’s licenses from the new security standards.

Residents will need these new complaint licenses to board a plane or enter federal buildings. The REAL ID act was passed in 2005 and applied to all 50 states, but a few have chosen not to comply.

Residents from Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire and New York will need REAL ID compliant forms of identification, other than their state-issued drivers licenses, to get on a commercial plane and into federal buildings.

Arizona originally banned state compliance in 2008. Then earlier this year, Governor Doug Ducey signed a law allowing Arizonans to get a federally compliant travel ID. But the law required the state to request a waiver from the Department of Homeland Security.

That waiver was denied earlier this month and now the Arizona Department of Transportation is now asking the federal agency for more time.

ADOT spokesman Ryan Harding said, “By granting the extension, it allows our current credentials to be good at airports and federal buildings. So people will still be able to use their current credentials.”

The extension request would give ADOT until October 2016 to start producing the new compliant IDs. The department should know in a few weeks if it is granted.  

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