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A consular ID is once again a valid form of identification in Arizona

Arizona is now accepting the consular ID, or matricula consular, as a form of identification for non-citizens.

For 10 years, the acceptance of these IDs was prohibited in Arizona and undocumented residents did not have an official form of identification. 

The law Senate Bill 1420 has gone into effect. Gov. Doug Ducey approved the legislation in March.

Now Jorge Mendoza Yescas with the Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix says there has been a recent increase in the amount of IDs issued. 

“We used to issue about 40 consular IDs, and now we are issuing between 80-100 IDs daily,” said Yescas.

He says that usually, the process takes under two hours.

Yescas says applicants need to provide their Mexican birth certificate, another form of ID and proof of an address to be accepted. Then they are set to undergo a biometric screening process. If everything is approved, the ID can be issued that same day.

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Reyna Preciado started her internship with KJZZ in August 2021. She is a senior at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, focusing on community-related stories.She previously had been pursuing a major in biochemistry, but switched directions after becoming a server. During her time serving, she found that so many people had stories to share and so many voices deserved to be heard.She loved to write in her AP English classes in high school, so she made the decision to use her writing and communication skills to major in broadcast journalism. It was always a dream of hers to become a news anchor after being cast as an anchor in a fourth-grade newscast. It was silly, but it stuck with her, and she was eager to follow her dream when she was finally inspired to change directions. Now, she continues being inspired by the many voices within her community that have been waiting for an opportunity to be able to address what's important to them.When she is not working on a story, she likes to cook, sing and hang out with her crazy toddler.