Why Arizona driver licenses don't expire for decades

Posted at 10:43 PM, Jul 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 23:57:39-04

It's one of those "what the heck" moments when people move to Arizona: finding out your driver license doesn't expire until age 65. But why? 

"I think part of the issue was just making it a little less busy at the office," said Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman Doug Nick.

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Legislators changed state law several decades ago in an effort they said would streamline the agency and save drivers money and time. 

Even though your license may not expire for decades, drivers are still required to take a new photo every twelve years.  


After age 65, renewals are required every five years. 

Despite the unusually long timeframe compared to other states, Nick said there are processes in place to keep unfit drivers off the road prior to a renewal. 

ADOT customer service representatives have the right to require a road test or written test at their discretion. Loved ones can also bring medical issues involving a family or friend to the agency's attention.

Voluntary Travel IDs -- which meet the federal government REAL ID standard and are now being issued by ADOT -- must be renewed every eight years.