The state of Arizona has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of new federal identification requirements to board airplanes that go into effect in October 2020.
Governor Doug Ducey and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego kicked off the “Don’t Get Grounded” campaign Thursday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
“More than 2.5 million Arizonans will go through the airport next year – and we want to make sure every one of them is able to catch their flight when these new federal guidelines kick in,” Ducey said.
The new federal law requires Americans to obtain a new travel identification card, called the Real ID, to board airplanes for all domestic flights. Passports and military IDs also will still be accepted, but normal state driver's licenses will not.
“Beginning October 1, 2020, if your license does not have the gold star, it will not fly," Ducey said. "I encourage every traveler who relies on their driver’s license at the airport to get their Travel ID today.”
Gallego said the “Don’t Get Grounded” campaign seeks to spread the word about the new travel ID so Arizona residents aren't caught off guard next year.
“We do not want the travel plans of any individual to be negatively affected due to lack of proper identification,” Gallego said. “We are increasing our outreach to ensure that anyone who travels through our airport is aware of the change and can take action before the federal rules go into effect.”
The stateis partnering with federal agencies, airlines, businesses, local governments and airport officials to communicate the change, according to a news release. The state Department of Transportation also will increase staffing at motor vehicle offices around the state.
Arizona residents can visit AZTravelID.com to get more information, apply online and schedule an appointment at any motor vehicle office.