(Des Moines Register) Iowa Department of Transportation officials plan to proceed with a controversial driver’s license identification program that has been rejected by 25 states and has been the subject of concerns about individual privacy and difficulties with compliance.

The REAL ID program, adopted by Congress in part to prevent foreign terrorists from boarding commercial airliners, will begin in Iowa on Jan. 15.

New applicants for an Iowa driver’s license or a state identification card are already being asked to submit documentation required for a REAL ID and will automatically be issued a REAL ID.

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