As University of Arizona employees, we cannot provide legal advice. If you have questions about any of the information listed below, contact ASUA Legal Services, a free service offered to all currently enrolled students, for a 30-minute consultation with a lawyer.
Local Laws & Safety
You must learn local traffic laws before driving or biking. Observe all road signs, and know that going over the speed limit by even a little bit gives a police officer the right to pull you over.
Car Insurance and Registration
The state of Arizona requires that every motor vehicle be covered by insurance. If you are driving someone else’s car or renting a car, make sure your insurance includes this coverage. Keep a copy of your insurance and your registration in the car’s glovebox at all times and register your car annually.
Police Traffic Stops
If a police car wants you to pull over while driving, they will flash their lights. Pull over onto the right shoulder as soon as you safely can. Remain in the vehicle and give the officer your driver’s license, international driver’s license, proof of insurance, and registration.
Never leave the scene of an accident until you’ve made contact with any other affected drivers or, in some circumstances, the police—even if the accident isn’t your fault.
Driving Under the Influence
Arizona also has particularly strict laws regarding driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI). An arrest for a DUI could affect your immigration status; if you’re arrested for a DUI, contact a private attorney or a public defender immediately. If you can’t reach a lawyer yourself, ask your arresting officers to contact one for you.
In Arizona, domestic violence is defined as almost any criminal act of abuse (assault or battery, assault or battery with a weapon, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, threatening, kidnapping, witness intimidation, etc.) committed by one family or household member against another. Even roommates can be cited for domestic violence.
If you are in imminent danger, are seriously injured and need medical assistance, call 911 (even if you are on campus, calling 911 will connect you with law enforcement and emergency services).
If you are a student, faculty, or staff member, you can also contact OASIS Sexual Assault and Trauma Services at (520) 626-2051.
A valid Arizona hunting or fishing license is required for taking wildlife (including fish) in Arizona.
International students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are not eligible to establish domicile in the U.S. and should, generally speaking, not purchase an Arizona resident hunting license; however; please contact an attorney to verify what type of license might be appropriate for your specific situation.
More information on Arizona hunting and fishing license can be found in this Arizona Game and Fish department publication.
The legal drinking age in Arizona is 21. Be prepared to show a valid picture ID proving you are 21 or older when ordering (or possessing) alcoholic beverages at local drinking establishments. The same is true when drinking at a party in someone else’s apartment.
The University of Arizona is smoke and tobacco free. This policy applies to university students, faculty, employees, contractors, volunteers, and visitors on its campuses and in its vehicles. Smoking and Tobacco Policy