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Changes coming to Iowa driver's licenses

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FORT MADISON, Ia. (WGEM) -

A new controversial program that will eventually impact the entire nation is being implemented in Iowa next week.

Every Iowa resident isn't required to get the new ID, but if you want to do things like board a commercial plane or go into a federal government building, you will be required to get it.

When you go to get your license renewed next week you can apply for your New ID as part of a program recently adopted by congress.

Lee County Treasurer Janet Strunk said people will need to have patience for the new ID process.

"It's going to take a little timing and all of us are really busy and you're going to have to do some planning to make sure you have all those documents, which is going to be a hassle but we don't have a choice. We have to do it," said Strunk.

The documents you will need are your certified birth certificate, your social security card, two proofs of residency and for women, all marriage certificates and divorce decrees.

But Strunk said you don't have to rush out and get the ID's just yet.

"If you were born after December 1, 1964 this won't have to actually be done until December 14th, if you were born before December 1, 1964, it's not going to be completely implemented until December of 2017," said Strunk.  

The program was adopted by congress in part to prevent foreign terrorists from boarding commercial airliners, but some Iowa residents say they don't think the new ID's are a good idea.

"I think the government is got enough from us. I think that is something that we don't necessarily need. Just another way that they are tied into our lives," said Iowa resident Joe Mattix.

"We have enough paperwork we have to take care of now, then you have to haul in a lot more just to show that yeah this is really you," said Iowa resident Tena Dodson.

Right now, Iowa is only 1 of 13 states that meet the new ID's standards.

Illinois and Missouri still have at least 6 months to bring their licenses up to those standards.

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