Residents urged to change to REAL ID cards

Anyone who planning to fly on a commercial airline or enter a federal building after May 3, 2023, will need a REAL ID instead of a standard driver’s license. “A year from [now], federal law will require all passengers flying out of airports from Iowa and around the country to have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued ID, or another acceptable form of ID such as a passport or military ID to board a plane,” said Melissa Gillett, Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Division director.

Beginning May 3, 2023, Minnesotans will not be able to use their standard driver’s license to board domestic flights or enter federal facilities. Instead, they will need a REAL ID, enhanced driver’s license or ID card, passport or passport card or another acceptable form of identification for federal purposes.

REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and state-issued ID 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, you will need to visit any Iowa driver’s license or ID issuance location and bring documents that prove your identity; social security number and two proofs of Iowa residency. To build a list of documents you need to bring with you, visit aspx.

Once the REAL ID star has been added to your card, the REAL ID mark will remain on your card every time you renew it in Iowa. If a person’s ID card is up for renewal before May. 3, 2023, simply wait until it’s time to renew and receive a REAL ID marked card at no additional cost. However, if a person needs a REAL ID marked card it can be added prior to expiration for the cost of the replacement card. Once you have received the REAL ID, you will be able to renew your ID online.

The Iowa DOT began issuing REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards in January 2013. Anyone who has received an Iowa license for the first time since then should have been given a REAL ID.

Almost 60 percent of Iowans and 24 percent of Minnesotans currently have a card with the REAL ID gold star in the top right corner.