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Driver's License

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Driver's License is by appointment ONLY. Please call 515-433-0522 to set up an appointment or email Emma Clausen or Denise Holladay.

Hours & Locations

Renew your license 180 days before or 60 days after your birthday. If your license has been expired for over one year, full testing (computer and skills) are required.

General Hours & Appointments

Driver's license services are available Monday through Friday by appointment only. Some services are only available at certain times. Please see the appointment list below for specifics.

Appointments available:

  • Renewals | By appointment only 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • Computer Knowledge Test | Please call to set up a testing appointment. Knowledge tests are not available after 3:30 p.m.
  • Car Drives | By appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Motorcycle Skills Test | By appointment only on Wednesdays

Please call 515-433-0522  to book an appointment or email Emma Clausen or Denise Holladay.

Services

Permit Test Requirements

  • Birth certificate
    • Certified state copy of the birth certificate (the hospital birth certificate with baby footprints will not be sufficient)
  • Social security card
    • You must also bring one printed document showing your current name and current Iowa residential address. This could be a report card, medical form, sports enrollment paperwork, or a piece of mail you have received. The address must be a physical address where you reside and not a post office box.
  • A parent must be present at the appointment or this Parent Consent Form (Iowa DOT Form 430018) must be completed prior to the appointment

School Permit Requirements

  • Completed and passed Driver's Education
  • 6 months of having a permit with no accidents or citations
  • Completed Affidavit for Minor School License (Iowa DOT Form 430021)

Renewals

Renewals are $4 per year for basic renewals. Motorcycle endorsements are an additional $2 per year.

  • Renewal Requirements
    • 8-year renewals | 18 to 72-year-olds
    • 7-year renewals | 73-year-olds
    • 6-year renewals | 74-year-olds
    • 5-year renewals | 75-year-olds
    • 4-year renewals | 76-year-olds
    • 3-year renewals | 77-year-olds
    • 2-year renewals | 78-year-olds and older

Payment Options

  • Cash
  • Check made out to Treasurer, State of Iowa
  • Debit/credit cards for an additional $1.50

Duplicate/Replacement

Duplicates cost $10.

Identification Cards

  • In Iowa, you can have an ID card or a driver's license; you are not allowed to have both. 
  • Iowa non-operator’s ID cards will be issued with an expiration date of eight years.

Commercial Drivers Licence (CDL)

CDLs are $8 per year, plus the cost of endorsements if being issued for the first time. If you have the hazmat endorsement, testing is required at renewal time. Every five years, fingerprints and background checks are required as well. More information can be found on the Iowa DOT website.

If you have a CDL you must certify if you are interstate or intrastate. Intrastate includes using your CDL only within the state of Iowa while interstate is using your CDL while outside of the state of Iowa. If you certify as non-excepted interstate you will need the following:

Failure to comply with the required timeline will result in a downgrade of your CDL. 

See the diagram below for more information on interstate vs intrastate.

Commercial Driver's License Chart
Click on the image to view a PDF version

Reminder! CDL holders must bring in their birth certificate, passport or INS document to renew if they don’t have a Real ID. 

CDL Requirements

REAL ID Requirements

  • Deadline: May 2025
  • Typical documents needed (you will need all three):
    • Identity
      • Birth certificate or valid passport
    • Social security
      • Proof of social security (social security card, anything listing your full social security number or social security number affidavit for driver's license or identification card services)
    • Residency
      • Two pieces of mail
    • You may also need proof of legal name change, if applicable
      • If your legal name has changed, you will need to bring in your certified legal name change documents (i.e. certified marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.).
    • To change your existing license to the Real ID license it is $10 if not at renewal time.

Iowa DOT REAL ID Info    View REAL ID flyer

Address Change

In-state address changes cost $10 and can be done through a verbal address update. If from out of state, please visit the Iowa DOT website for more information.

New to Iowa?

Learn how to get an Iowa driver's license.

  • You will need to bring:
    • Proof of identity (passport, birth certificate, INS documents)
    • Proof of social security (social security card, anything listing your full social security number or social security number affidavit for driver's license or identification card services)
    • Proof of residency x 2 (2 pieces of mail)
    • If your legal name has changed, you will need to bring in your certified legal name change documents (i.e. certified marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.)

For additional forms, please check out the online forms. 

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