Arizona to begin issuing REAL ID next month

YUMA, Ariz. – The REAL ID Act is being implemented across the country in an effort to prevent fraudulent issuance of IDs nationwide.

Officials at the Yuma International Airport are beginning to inform the traveling public of deadlines and ways to prepare for traveling with the REAL ID.

Yuma International Airport Corporate Account Manager, Gen Grosse, says, “We want to take this opportunity to focus on our winter visitors here in Yuma to let them know they have plenty of time to start preparing and gathering the information they need, getting the documents ready, so that when they return next year they already have their REAL ID and they won’t have any troubles traveling with us.”

Twenty-three states have already started implementing the REAL ID Act, 27 states, including Arizona, are still working on getting things going. The Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) will have the Voluntary Travel ID available for Arizona residents to purchase by April 1, 2016. Additional information and Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the Arizona Department Of Transportation‘s website.

Here’s a list of dates the TSA has scheduled for the final phase of implementation of the REAL ID Act:

July 15, 2016: TSA, in coordination with airlines and airport stakeholders, will begin to issue web-based advisories and notifications to the traveling public.

December 15, 2016: Passengers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is still not compliant with the REAL ID Act (and has not been granted an extension) will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel to board their flight.  Passengers with driver’s licenses issued by a state that is compliant with REAL ID (or a state that has been issued an extension) will still be able to use their driver’s licenses or identification cards.

October 1, 2020: Every air traveler will need a REAL ID-compliant license, or another acceptable form of identification for domestic air travel.

Travelers are encouraged to check the REAL ID compliance status of their state on the Department of Homeland Security‘s website.

Passengers are still permitted to use any of the various other forms of identification accepted by TSA such as a Passport or Passport Card, Global Entry card, U.S. Military ID, airline or airport-issued ID, federally recognized tribal-issued photo ID).

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