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AZ Driver License

What the Arizona Driver License Looks Like



Arizona Driver License, issued June 16, 2014 or after.

© Arizona Dept. of Transportation, used with permission Arizona Driver License

The Driver Licenses that look like this are still valid until expiration.

© Arizona Dept. of Transportation, used with permission

The Arizona Department of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles, continues to improve the efficiency and information included on the Arizona Driver License. The following information is for the new and improved driver license, which will be the only one issued beginning June 16, 2014.

New in 2014

Well, there are quite a few changes to the license as of June 16, 2014, but the most important change is probably the process itself. You won't be able to get your permanent license on the same day any more. You'll get a temporary license and then you'll receive your permanent license within about two weeks. More on that, as well as a sample photo of a temporary license, on this page.


If you are traveling via air and will be passing through TSA security while you have the temporary license, that temporary license will not be sufficient. According to TSA, your ID must "show a valid U.S. Federal or State-issued photo ID that contains a name, date of birth, expiration date, social security number,  phone number, and a tamper-resistant feature." The temporary license does not qualify. Your best alternative is a passport. Otherwise, you will need a second form of identification.

The Photo

The license has a larger photo than previous licenses, with a smaller ghost portrait.

The Look

The license has a laser perforation in the shape of Arizona. Hold it up to the light! The ringtail, the state mammal, illustrated on the front.

The Bar Code

The bar code is on the back of the AZ driver license.


The driver license has a high-security design with unique Arizona geological features in the background created by using many different patterns, lines and images. The date of birth field will have a raised feel to it to assist in authenticating the credential using the sense of touch. A tri-color Optically Variable Device consisting of the state outline, the state name “Arizona,” the state seal, a saguaro cactus and a star. This laminate overlay provides the final layer and one more feature for authentication.

Medical Alert

If the driver has a medical alert situation, that will be indicated on the front of the AZ driver license


It is easy to identify drivers who are under 21 years of age, because their licenses are different!


Next Page >> Driver License for People Under 21

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