IOWA – One year may seem like a long time, but the Iowa Department of Transportation, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and Iowa Airports came together today to encourage anyone who plans on flying on a commercial airline or entering a federal building after Oct. 1, 2020, to consider obtaining a REAL ID sooner rather than later.

“A year from today, all passengers flying out of airports around Iowa and the country, will need a REAL ID-compliant license or another acceptable form of ID such as a passport or military ID to board a plane,” said John Bright, TSA Iowa federal security director. “Passengers who are unable to verify their identity or do not present an acceptable form of identification will not be permitted through the security checkpoint.”

REAL ID-compliant cards in Iowa are marked with a star surrounded by a gold circle in the upper-righthand corner.

To get a REAL ID marked card, federal law requires you to verify your identity by providing the same documentation you provided when you got your first license or ID card. You will need to visit any Iowa driver’s license or ID issuance location and bring documents that prove your identity, social security number, Iowa residency, and proof of legal name changes – if your name is different from the name on your identity document. To see a list of documents you need to bring with you, visit

Once the REAL ID star has been added to your card, you will be issued a REAL ID-compliant card whenever you renew your license.

This news release was sent to the Herald.

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