Iowa DOT News

REAL ID media event Oct. 1 at the Des Moines Airport

ANKENY, Iowa – Sept. 26, 2019 - In just over a year, Iowans wishing to use their driver’s license or state-issued ID to board a commercial flight or enter a federal building will need to make sure their card is marked with a REAL ID gold star.

Only 36 percent of Iowans currently hold a REAL ID-marked card, even though the Iowa Department of Transportation has been issuing REAL IDs since 2013. The REAL ID Act is a federal requirement and not having the gold star has the potential to cause security hassles and delays for travelers or those doing business in federal buildings across the country starting in October of next year.

The Iowa DOT, in conjunction with Iowa’s Airports and the Transportation Security Administration, are working together to help Iowans understand REAL ID so they can be more successful as they fly or do other business that would require a REAL ID marked card once the Oct. 1, 2020 enforcement deadline draws near.

What is REAL ID, who needs one and why? Join us Oct. 1 to find out.

WHAT: REAL ID information session

WHERE: Cloud Room, Des Moines Airport, 5800 Fleur Drive
(parking passes will be provided for media at the event)

WHEN: Oct 1, 1 p.m.


  • Mark Lowe, Iowa Department of Transportation Director
  • John Bright, TSA’s Acting Iowa Federal Security Director
  • Clint Torp, Des Moines Airport Operations Manager


Contact: Andrea Henry at 515-239-1730 or [email protected]





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