(Atlantic) The Cass County Treasurers Office will begin issuing driver’s license and non- operator’s identification cards on January 15th to comply with the REAL ID Act.
The program was adopted by Congress in part to prevent foreign terrorists from boarding commercial airliners. Cass County Treasurer Tracy Marshall explains.
“The REAL ID Act was signed in 2005 and the goal was to establish a standardized National driver’s license system that was less prone to fraud.”
Marshall says this means that new residents to the state will need to provide 2-proof of Iowa residency, a social security card or valid passport or birth certificate. The REAL ID Act will be needed to board a plane, enter a federal building or nuclear power plant.
“Some of the elderly people don’t necessarily have a birth certificate so that’s’ why they don’t to have to it,” stated Marshall.
However, they won’t have a star and it will be up to each airport whether or not they will be able to fly.
Some states have lobbied for its repeal because people have run into problems when their records were lost or damaged in natural disasters.
Applicants have a choice: Submit additional documentation as necessary to obtain a REAL ID or continue to use a standard-issued license or ID card. The REAL ID licenses and state ID card will look nearly identical to ones issued now. The only difference will be a star verification mark appearing in the upper-right corner of the card. The star indicates to federal officials that the person’s identity has been verified according to the latest federal standards for physical security, verification of identity and legal presence in the U.S.
The main thing according to DOT Officials is that people do not need to panic or rush. The earliest that requirement could begin is December 2014 or December 2017, depending on your date of birth.
January 3, 2013