State-Issued Identification Cards Available January 15th

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Iowa transportation officials say state-issued identification cards that meet new federal security standards will be available soon.

The state Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that the agency will begin issuing driver's licenses and non-operator's identification cards on January 15th that comply with the REAL ID Act. The card verifies a person's identification and legal presence in the United States.

The 2005 law requires identification cards to meet standards to enter federal buildings or board commercial flights. The federal compliance date varies according to a person's birthday and some screening is set to begin at the end of 2014.

States faced a January 15th deadline to meet the law's compliance requirements. Travelers in non-compliant states will use passports for domestic flights.

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