Vol. 11, No. 3 April 2015
Service adjustments at
Northeast Regional Center
The Marriage License, Passport and Public Records area at the Northeast
Regional Court Center in Phoenix will be temporarily closed April 27 – May 8,
2015 while the office expands to better meet customer needs. All services will
remain available. During the closure, please obtain marriage licenses, passports,
or public records from the Multi-Purpose Room inside the Northeast Regional
Center. For your convenience, the same services are available at locations
around the Valley. See the Clerk’s website for office hours and locations and
other services: http://www.clerkofcourt.maricopa.gov.
During the expansion, there will be one public access computer available within
the Northeast Regional Center for viewing or printing court records. When
demand requires, customers’ use of the computer will be limited to 15 minutes.
Parties and their attorneys can access the records within their own case by
registering at the Clerk’s ECR Online webpage. This free service provides
remote access to devices that are connected to the internet. For more
information, go to https://ecr.clerkofcourt.maricopa.gov.
Ease of being up in the air
still up in the air
Arizona’s legislature is rapidly approaching the end of the legislative
session for 2015. One proposal this session would allow Arizona’s Department of
Transportation to create driver licenses that comply with federal standards
that were created in 2005. The standards, known as Real ID, require certain
methods of identification and verification to obtain the ID as well as requirements
for regular renewal and updates. Current Arizona law would have to change to
allow the creation of Real ID-compliant driver licenses.
Arizona’s current driver licenses are not a sufficient form of
identification to access some federal facilities. In the future, licenses may
not be sufficient to board an airplane, even for domestic travel. The full restrictions,
including air travel, won’t be fully implemented until 2016 at the earliest.
The seven states that do not fully comply with the standards, including
Arizona, can apply for a waiver while they implement compliant identification.
This session’s proposal would allow Arizona residents to choose a Real
ID-compliant driver license, but would not require it.
Individuals who need Real
ID-compliant identification can obtain a passport from any passport acceptance facility,
including the U.S. Postal Service, the Clerk’s Office, and some cities in the
Valley. The State Department determines the fees, forms of payment, documents
required and other steps for obtaining a passport. See the Clerk’s website for
more information and locations: http://www.clerkofcourt.maricopa.gov/passport.asp.
The fate of Arizona’s driver license legislation should be known within the