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New driver’s license and ID card design starting today

06/05/2018

IMG_1709The next time you renew your Iowa driver’s license or identification card, the card you receive will look a little different. Any cards issued on or after June 2 will have new graphics and security features to help protect your identity.

The key objective is a secure card that protects Iowans from identity theft or fraud. States regularly refresh the look of driver’s licenses and identification cards to incorporate new and advanced security features and to protect against fraud. Iowa’s new cards include security features that thwart counterfeiting and tampering, and decrease the possibility of identity theft or fraud. The cards feature the golden dome of Iowa’s capitol building along with our state motto and include layered security features that protect the cards against fraud or alteration.

IA_D200_PR_Adult_DL_no Veteran_300dpi“The security and safety of every Iowan’s identity is our main concern,” said Melissa Spiegel, director of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Division. “This newly designed card allows us to stay on the leading edge of security technology to effectively prevent driver’s license fraud and identity theft.”

The updates follow the most recent card design standards for driver’s licenses and IDs set by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators and includes dozens of new security features, some that are visible to the naked eye and others that are not. The secure cards are easy to authenticate by law enforcement, the Transportation Safety Administration, and other businesses who rely on the cards to prove identity. The changes also make the cards more difficult to counterfeit or alter.

For more information about driver’s licensing and identification cards, including how to get a REAL ID compliant card, please visit https://iowadot.gov/mvd/driverslicense

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REAL ID box


You will need to go to an Iowa driver's service center and present documents that prove your:

*Identity.
*Date of birth.
*Social Security number (or immigration number for persons authorized to be present in the United States but not issued a Social Security number).
*Legal status or authorized presence in the United States.
*Residency and residential address in Iowa.

You can create your own customized list of documents at: https://iowadot.gov/mvd/realid/success.aspx

What document's does one need to update lic to upgrade to a real ID?

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