DES MOINES — Iowans planning to fly may need to get a new driver’s license.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, anyone who wants to fly on commercial airplanes or enter a federal building, such as a courthouse or military base, will need a Real ID.

The Real ID Act, passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, requires licenses to be marked with a special insignia to indicate the holder has gone through additional steps to verify their identity.

Although the Iowa Department of Transportation has been issuing Real ID cards since 2013, only 36% of Iowans hold Real ID-marked driver’s licenses, according to Andrea Henry of the IDOT.

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