Lisa Greve, Marketing & Administrative Manager
Have you noticed these signs at the airport?
Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act established security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards. Federal agencies such as the TSA will no longer accept licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet the standards.
But don’t worry; you have time to be in compliance. January 22, 2018 is the deadline for using driver’s licenses or state IDs issued by states that are not in compliance and have not been granted an extension. Those states are: Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington.
Several states have been granted extensions, including Arizona, where Versant Capital Management is based. If you reside in Arizona, you have until October 2020 before standard Arizona driver licenses will no longer be accepted for domestic air travel. You’ll need The REAL ID (or a valid passport, military ID or permanent resident card) to board a flight after that date.
Click on the map to find out the current status of your state.
For those of you who live in Arizona, the ADOT (Arizona Department of Transportation) website states, “customers wishing to convert their current driver licenses to the Voluntary Travel ID at an MVD office must make appointments at servicearizona.com. Current driver license holders can also convert to a REAL ID at any of the 24 authorized third party driver license providers around the state without the need for an appointment.”
In Arizona, you must apply in person at the MVD; however, you can submit an online application before your visit to speed up the process. You might want to do that soon to avoid long lines at the MVD in 2018 when everyone is rushing to be in compliance.
The cost is $25 for the card and will be valid for eight years.
Note: I’ve completed Arizona’s online application and have an appointment later this month at the MVD to get my Real ID. I’ll report back on how the process went and with any tips that might help make your license transition go more smoothly. -LG
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