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Arizona Identification Cards

Arizona identification cards are documents issued by the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) of the state Department of Transportation (DOT) for official identification purposes. Getting an ID card in AZ is a procedure that state residents may choose if they are unable or unwilling to obtain a standard driver's license. The MVD offers new ID cards to applicants of all ages, including infants. Per state law, residents are unable to apply for ID cards in AZ as long as they are in possession of a valid driving license. Motorists must surrender their drivers license if they would like to obtain a state identification card.

Arizona identification cards are documents issued by the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) of the state Department of Transportation (DOT) for official identification purposes. Getting an ID card in AZ is a procedure that state residents may choose if they are unable or unwilling to obtain a standard driver's license. The MVD offers new ID cards to applicants of all ages, including infants. Per state law, residents are unable to apply for ID cards in AZ as long as they are in possession of a valid driving license. Motorists must surrender their drivers license if they would like to obtain a state identification card.

How to Apply for ID Cards in Arizona

Submitting ID card applications in Arizona is a procedure that can be finalized in person through a local MVD branch office. Note that ID card services are also offered through certain third-party providers authorized by the DOT to process DMV ID card applications. To successfully get ID cards in AZ, applicants will be required to complete the following steps during their office visit:

  • Fill out and submit the DOT Driver License and Identification Card Application (Form 40-5122).
  • Present primary and secondary proofs of identification.
  • Have their photograph taken.
  • Pay the applicable Arizona ID card costs.

Applicants older than 64 years of age can obtain new ID cards in AZ without paying the DMV ID card price. Free-of-charge identification cards may also be available to recipients of financial assistance from the Federal Supplemental Security Income program. After processing your request for an AZ state ID, the MVD will mail you the credential within 15 days of accepting the payment for the fee.

Mandatory Documents for ID Cards in Arizona

When getting identification cards in Arizona, applicants will generally be required to submit several types of supporting documents for ID cards. The paperwork submitted in addition to the 40-5122 form will serve as proof of the applicant's identity, age and legal presence in the United States. Based on their importance and whether or not the document contains a date of birth, the department classifies the acceptable documentation in two groups: primary and secondary documents.

To successfully apply for state ID in AZ you will be required to submit either one primary or one secondary document (at least one document must contain the applicant's photo) or three separate documents without a photograph. Examples of primary documents for ID cards include:

  • Enhanced driver's license or ID card issued by a U.S. state
  • Copy of a birth certificate issued by any U.S. state.
  • A U.S. passport or a passport card
  • A foreign passport with a U.S. visa

As secondary proof for AZ ID card issuance purposes, applicants can submit documents such as a Social Security card, a U.S. military identification document, a bank card or a marriage certificate. Note that the submitted documentation must be in English. Also, when issuing new ID cards in AZ, the MVD will only accept originals or copies certified by the agency that delivered them. If the division is unable to determine your age, identity and authorized stay based on the submitted paperwork, you may be asked to submit additional documents.

Arizona Identification Cards for Children

Apart from issuing ID cards in Arizona for adults, the state DOT also processes AZ identification card requests for children of all ages (including infants). The department has started producing this type of DMV ID cards for purposes of protecting children against identity theft and helping law enforcement agencies circulate the information of kidnapped victims in the event of an AMBER alert. Children who have obtained a state issued identification card in AZ will also encounter less obstacles when traveling, enrolling in school or obtaining a license to drive in the future.

When getting a state ID card for their child, applicants will generally be required to complete the same steps and submit the same documentation outlined above. Note that during the application process for a minor ID card in AZ, applicants will also be required to submit their child's Social Security Number. The department will not use the SSN as an identification card number. After accepting your application, the MVD will issue you a temporary child ID card. The permanent document will arrive by mail within two weeks.

Note: Parents and legal guardians will be required to take their children to a local MVD location on a regular basis in order to complete the photo update procedure.