“3 in 1” Enhanced Driver’s Licence/ID Card FAQ

1. Q: Why would I want to obtain an Enhanced “3-in-1” driver license or identification card?

A: Effective January 31, 2008 the Department of Homeland Security plans to move towards implementing the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) by ending the routine practice of accepting oral declarations of citizenship from people entering the U.S. at sea and land ports of entry. U.S. citizens will need to present the following to enter or depart the United States by land or sea:

Ages 19 and older will be required to show a government issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, along with proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or naturalization certificate.

Children ages 18 and younger will be required to show proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate.

Passports and trusted traveler program cards – NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST- will continue to be accepted for cross-border travel.

If you have an Enhanced “3-in1” driver license or identification card you will not be required to show your birth certificate of naturalization certificate. The Enhanced “3-in1” driver license or identification card will serve as proof of citizenship.

2. Q: What is the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative?

A: The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is the plan to implement a 9/11 Commission recommendation and Congressional mandate. For many years, U.S. citizens and some citizens of other countries in the Western Hemisphere including Canadians, have been exempt from the presentation of a passport or other acceptable document to enter the United States. Effective January 23, 2007- Passports, Merchant Mariner Documents (MMD) or NEXUS Air cards are acceptable documents for air travel to or from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. Effective January 31, 2008 oral declarations would no longer be accepted from U.S., Canadian or Bermudian travelers seeking to enter the U.S. at sea and land ports of entry as sole proof of citizenship.

3. Q: When will full WHTI border crossing requirements be implemented?

A: WHTI border crossing requirements are expected in the summer of 2008, at a date to be determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, the Departments will implement the full requirements of the land and sea phase of WHTI. The implementation date will be determined based on a number of factors, including the progress of actions undertaken by the US DHS to implement the WHTI requirements and the availability of WHTI compliant documents on both sides of the border. DHS and DOS expect the date of full WHTI implementation to be in the summer of 2008. The precise implementation date will be formally announced with at least 60 days notice.

A: The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is the plan to implement a 9/11 Commission recommendation and Congressional mandate. For many years, U.S. citizens and some citizens of other countries in the Western Hemisphere including Canadians, have been exempt from the presentation of a passport or other acceptable document to enter the United States. Effective January 23, 2007- Passports, Merchant Mariner Documents (MMD) or NEXUS Air cards are acceptable documents for air travel to or from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. Effective January 31, 2008 oral declarations would no longer be accepted from U.S., Canadian or Bermudian travelers seeking to enter the U.S. at sea and land ports of entry as sole proof of citizenship.A: WHTI border crossing requirements are expected in the summer of 2008, at a date to be determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, the Departments will implement the full requirements of the land and sea phase of WHTI. The implementation date will be determined based on a number of factors, including the progress of actions undertaken by the US DHS to implement the WHTI requirements and the availability of WHTI compliant documents on both sides of the border. 4. Q: Is an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card the same as the REAL ID?

A: NO, it is not.

5. Q: What is the difference between REAL ID and an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card?

A: REAL ID is a federal plan for standardizing driver license and identification cards, to prevent terrorism, reduce fraud and improve the reliability of identification documents issued by states. Some believe that meeting the REAL ID requirements creates a national identification card. The federal government has yet to release the final rules for the REAL ID Act. Funding to implement the requirements has not yet been determined.

Governor Napolitano will add another layer of integrity to Arizona’s driver license and Identification card by creating the Enhanced “3-in1” driver license and identification card. It will do three things:

1. Function as limited use international travel document that can be used instead of a passport to travel between Canada, Mexico and the United States. This allows people who must frequently legally cross the border to carry the Enhanced 3-in-1, rather than their passport.

2. Serve as a verification of legal status. Employers can accept this card as proof that the person on the card is an American citizen and can legally work in the United States.

3. Convey the same driving privileges as the current Arizona driver license or proof of identity.

6. Q: Will everyone in Arizona be required to obtain an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card?

A: NO. Arizona citizens may voluntarily choose to obtain the new license, but they will not be required to.

7. Q: Will illegal immigrants be able to apply for this type of license?

A: NO. Only U.S. citizens by birth or naturalization may apply for an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card. Currently, to apply for a regular driver license or identification card, proof of authorized presence must be submitted.

8. Q: Did the Governor commit Arizona to the federal REAL ID Program?

A: NO. The governor believes that REAL ID, in its current form, is an unfunded federal mandate to the states. The governor agreed to implement REAL ID:

Only after the federal government has issued its final regulations and the state believes the regulations are reasonable: and

The federal government provides Arizona with all the needed funding to implement those regulations.

The Governor has agreed that Arizona will “take steps” toward having the Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license become compliant with REAL ID only if those two major developments occur.

9. Q: When will I be required to obtain an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card?

A: Applying for an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card is strictly voluntary. You will not be required to obtain one unless you choose to do so.

A: Applying for an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card is . You will not be required to obtain one unless you choose to do so. 10. Q: Will it be more expensive than a regular driver license?

A: Yes, but the additional fee is expected to be small and an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card will be much less expensive than a passport.

11. Q: Is the database with my personal information secure?

A: Yes, very! It is the same database MVD currently uses. It has extensive security features to keep hackers out.

12. Q: Why do Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification cards contain RFID chips?

A: The RFID chip is there to help people cross the border faster. U.S. DHS will use the RFID to begin the query to determine if you are authorized to enter the U.S. while you are still waiting in line. Beginning in January of 2008, a verbal declaration will no longer be sufficient to enter the United States; you must show proof of U.S. citizenship. An Enhanced 3-in-1 license will be accepted for land and sea border crossing purpose. The U.S. DHS maintains the border crossing stations.

13. Q: I’m worried about having an RFID chip in my driver license. Won’t this allow people to steal my identity using a handheld scanner?

A: The RFID chip in the Enhanced Driver’s License will not contain any personal information; it would not aid an identity thief in any way. It will only contain a Unique Identifier (UID) that can be used to retrieve the cardholder’s information (including name and photo that was taken when the Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card was issued) from the secure AZ driver database. An identity thief would need to hack into the AZ driver database to get any information about an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card cardholder, and if they could do that they wouldn’t need to obtain the UID from the RFID chip.

14. Q: If I have an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card with an RFID chip in my driver license will people be able to read it and track me?

A: The RFID chip has a range of 20-30 feet maximum. To help prevent anyone from reading your UID, your Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card will be sent to you in a specially shielded “sleeve”. While in the sleeve, the RFID chip in your Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card cannot be read by any RFID reader at any distance. No one will know you are carrying an Enhanced Driver’s License. You will need to remove Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card from its sleeve when approaching the US border to speed your re-entry into the U.S.

15. Q: I don’t like the idea of the Federal government having access to all of my driver license or ID card information. Is this necessary?

A: US DHS will be able to retrieve information obtained as part of the Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card issuance process, including the cardholder’s name and photo taken when the card was issued. DHS does have not and will not be given full access to the AZ driver’s database.

16. Q: How long will an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card be valid?

A: Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification cards will be valid for five years from the issue date

17. Q: If I get an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card and then decide I no longer want it, can I apply for a regular driver license or ID card?

A. Yes.

18. Q: My current Driver License is valid until I turn 65, won’t my Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card have the same extended expiration?

A: No, all Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification cards will expire five years after issuance.

19. Q: Will I receive a refund for the fees I already paid for an extended license if I decide to obtain an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card?

A: No refunds will be issued; obtaining an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card is voluntary.

20. Q: What documentation will I need to apply for an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card?

A: Customers applying for an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card must provide proof of identity, proof of citizenship, and proof of current address. The documents required to provide this proof may vary, but it typically includes the following: Certified copy of Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, and utility bill from current address. Additional documentation may be required on a case by case basis. Prior to implementation, a full list of acceptable documents will be published.

21. Q: What is the difference between Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card and Real ID?

A: Real ID final requirements have not yet been released, so there is no way to compare the two at this time.

22. Q: When will Arizona Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification cards be available?

A: Arizona Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card cards are expected to be available September, 2008.

23. Q: Will every MVD office offer Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification cards?

A: Applications will be accepted at eight MVD offices located around the state of Arizona. Tentatively identified as the MVD offices in Nogales, Douglas, Tucson Regional Center, Chandler, N. Scottsdale, West Phoenix (51st Ave), Yuma and Flagstaff.

24. Q: If I receive an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card, will I still need a passport?

A: You will still need a passport to travel to other countries by plane.25. Q: Can I have a regular Driver License and an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card?

A: No. You may only have a driver license or an ID card, you may not have one of each, regardless if one is regular and one is enhanced.

27. Q: Can anyone apply for an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card?

A: You must be a U.S. Citizen, either by birth or naturalization, to apply for an Enhanced 3-in-1 driver license or identification card Card.

28. Q: Is legislation approval needed for this new card?

A: Yes. The legislature must change the law to allow the Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division to issue this new type of driver license and identification card.

Information posted by www.azmc.org (Arizona-Mexico Commission)

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