The information below is accurate to the authors’ knowledge at the time it was written. This is general information and is not a substitute for legal advice.
Iowa has two separate crimes that are commonly referred to as “fake ID.” Fake IDs are often used to purchase alcohol, enter a bar, or are presented to police to show legal drinking age.
Possession of a Fictitious ID
A fictitious ID looks like a real ID, usually a driver’s license, but it is not made by a state agency. Possession of a Fictitious ID is a serious misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $430-$2,560 and up to one year in jail.
Unlawful Use of an ID
Iowa law also prohibits using the real ID of another. You can carry someone else’s ID for them, even if it is expired, so long as you don’t use it as your own. Unlawful Use of an ID is a simple misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $210.25.
Effect on Driver’s License
If you are convicted of either of these offenses, and your real driver’s license is from Iowa, your license will be suspended for 30 days - 6 months. If your real driver’s license is from another state, your license may be suspended regardless of whether you are convicted. For example, if your real license is from Illinois, you are facing a 365-day suspension just for being cited.
If the officer confiscates your fake ID, but does not criminally charge you, you may still be subject to a driver’s license suspension. If your license is suspended, you will need to pay a reinstatement fee in order to drive again.