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Changes for getting a driver's license or ID

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by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) The way you get your driver's license or ID is about to change. The Iowa Department of Transportation is no longer issuing cards "over-the-counter."

Starting April 19, all 19 driver's license stations and 81 county treasurer's offices that issue licenses and ID cards will start following new guidelines.

You'll still go to driver's license stations or county treasure's offices, but you won't be walking out with a hard copy of your license.

Instead, your old license or ID gets a hole punched in it, you get a new picture taken and then you receive a temporary document which is good for 30 days.

In about two weeks, your new license comes in the mail in an unmarked envelope.

"This is the part that's very important for central issuance because you want that residential address to be correct as well as the address you want your mail to go to," said Debby Homewood with the Waterloo Driver's License Station.

The goal with the new process is to help prevent identity theft and fraud. Another component of that means getting your picture taken with a "neutral" expression.

"The picture is going to go into a database where they will be looked at to make sure they previous pictures all match and that's another checking system for us to make sure no one is using your identification," said Homewood.

Iowa isn't the only state switching to a central issuance policy.

"22 states have gone to central issuance and the responses we've gotten from them it's worked quite well," said Debby Homewood.

If you don't receive your new license in two weeks, there's a toll free number on the temporary document you can call.

Homewood said while you wait for your license in the mail, it's up to individual businesses whether or not to accept the temporary paper document as a form of identification.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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