Few Iowans Carrying a Real ID -- Do You Need One?
By Heather Hubbs, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The state of Iowa started issuing what's known as a Real ID 10 months ago, but most Iowans still don't have one in their wallet.
Of the more than 2.2 million licensed drivers in the state of Iowa, only about 85,000 have been issued a Real ID. And most of those have been issued to teens getting their license for the first time, or to those who moved here from out of state.
But not everyone necessarily needs a Real ID.
The nationwide Real ID Act states that by 2014, anyone under age 50 must have a Real ID or passport to board commercial flights in the United States, or to enter federal buildings or nuclear plants. Those over 50 have until 2017 to get the new ID.
If you never plan to do one of those three things, you'll never need a Real ID.
If you do need one, you'll need to take several types of documentation to prove you are who you say you are. The Real ID Act came as a direct result of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, which spurred a desire to crack down on identity fraud.
"Those people that flew those planes into those buildings got licenses fraudulently, so there was a call to get stricter, more streamlined across the nation," said Lisa Hennessey, Driver License Supervisor. "Let's make sure we're requiring the same things,"
Documents you may need to get a Real ID include a birth certificate and passport to prove identity, a W-2 statement or Social Security card to verify your Social Security number, and two pieces of mail as proof of address.
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