One of the top reasons people visit the MVD is to apply for a driver’s license in Arizona. This task can become a great hassle since the lines tend to be rather long at the MVD and they are only open Monday through Friday.
What do I need to bring with me to get a driver’s license in Arizona?
Social Security Number
It is a requirement via A.R.S. §§ 28-3158(D)(4) and 28-3165(F), under the authority of Title 42 of the United States Code, to provide your Social Security number. This will be used to verify your identity and to comply with federal and state child-support enforcement laws.
Under Arizona law, you are required to submit proof of residency in the United States and that you are authorized to be here under federal law. The following are acceptable forms of identification:
Requirements are subject to change without notice.
What defines someone as a Resident?
Arizona state law requires any resident who drives or owns a vehicle to obtain a driver’s license in Arizona. All vehicles must also be registered as applicable. To be considered a resident, the following must apply:
You work in Arizona (other than for seasonal agricultural work).
You are registered to vote in this state.
You place children in school without paying the tuition rate of a nonresident.
You have a business with an office in Arizona that bases and operates vehicles in this state.
You obtain a state license or pay school tuition fees at the same rate as an Arizona resident.
You have a business that operates vehicles to transport goods or passengers within Arizona.
You remain in Arizona for a total of seven months or more during any calendar year, regardless of your permanent residence.
1 Stop offers complete driver’s license services at some of our locations. View application requirements, practice tests, driver manuals, and more info here.
Voluntary Travel ID/Drivers License
Original ID / Duplicate ID
Driver License Original/Duplicate/Update
Motorcycle Written Test
Driver License Reinstatement
How do I renew my Driver’s License in Arizona?
Now is the perfect time to upgrade your driver’s license in Arizona if you need to renew it. Take the time to upgrade to the Travel ID. Starting in October 2020, this will be the ID that is required to board a plane or enter a federal building.
Visit a 1 Stop Title Loan location to skip the lines at the MVD and get your Travel ID now. You cannot fully complete the process of this license online. A temporary license will be made available to you and is valid for 30 days. Your official Travel ID will be mailed to your address.
How do I change my address?
By law, all driver license and identification cardholders in Arizona have 10 days to report any change of address to the MVD. You can do it online or in person. Changing your address is free of charge. There is a fee to replace your card.
Keep in mind that not having a correct address on file with MVD could prevent important notices from reaching you. You can also be cited by law enforcement.
How do I change my name?
In order to change your name on your driver’s license in Arizona or identification, you must first contact the Social Security Administration online or at 800.772.1213 (toll-free TTY number: 800.325.0778).
It will take two days for the name change to update in the system. After those two days, you can visit a 1 Stop Title Loans location to change your name. Be sure you present identification in both your new and previous names. This identification must be an original (recorded) or certified copy of one of these documents:
Certificate of citizenship/naturalization
Certified copies must be certified by the issuing agency.