The Iowa DOT will begin issuing cards with the compliant marking beginning Jan. 15, 2013.
In response to acts of terrorism committed against the United States, and in an effort to ensure the safety of citizens, Congress passed the REAL ID Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-13, 119 Stat. 231). The Act modified federal law pertaining to security, authentication and issuance procedure standards for state driver’s licenses (DLs) and identification (ID) cards, as well as various immigration issues pertaining to terrorism and border control.
Beginning Dec. 1, 2014, a federal agency may not accept for official federal purposes a DL or ID not issued in compliance with the REAL ID Act. (See below for full explanation of implementation dates.) To assure Iowans can continue to use their DLs and ID cards for federal official purposes, the Iowa Department of Transportation will begin issuing cards with the compliant marking beginning Jan. 15, 2013.
States remain free to also issue noncomplying DL and IDs, so long as they can be clearly distinguished from a REAL ID-compliant card. The State of Iowa has elected to issue both REAL ID-compliant and noncomplying DL and ID cards. Therefore, current DL and ID card holders may choose whether to obtain a REAL ID-marked card. (Successful new applicants will automatically receive one as they are already required to present documents required for REAL ID verification.)
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