Arizona Department of Transportation

The Arizona Department of Transportation has asked the federal government for an extension to develop a REAL ID compliant license before a January 1 deadline.

Arizona passed a law in April allowing the state to provide optional REAL-ID licenses to help residents meet new federal identification standards in airports and federal buildings.

Arizona's law also forced the state to ask for a waiver from participating in the REAL ID act. Last week the Department of Homeland Security denied that waiver and the state has since begun developing the new license.


Construction is set to begin on a section of U.S. 89A south of Page that collapsed last year during a landslide. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, officials say the roadway will reopen by next year’s summer travel season.

The Oak Creek Canyon switchbacks between Flagstaff and Sedona are now completely open. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, this comes on the heels of closures that resulted from wildfire and a major construction project.