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Iowa DOT Resource Links & FAQs

Here you’ll find everything you need to prepare for your tests and tasks with the Iowa DOT.

Driver’s license and vehicle tasks are completed with the Department of Transportation. The official website for the Iowa DOT is:

Online Services at the Iowa DOT

If you can avoid a trip to your local DMV office, you’re in luck. The Iowa DOT offers the following services online:

  • Renew your license.
  • Change your address.
  • Replace your license.
  • Get a driving record.
  • Order special license plates.
  • Renew your registration and tags, in some counties.

Visit to set up an online account and complete your driver’s license and vehicle tasks online.

Iowa Driver’s Licenses & Learner’s Permits is designed to help you prepare for and pass your DMV written tests – all for free!

We want you to focus on studying and being a safe driver. We don’t think you should pay extra for this.

Iowa DOT Practice Tests

Iowa DOT Permit Practice Test

Road Signs & Traffic Signals Practice Test

Free Iowa DOT Cheat Sheets & Study Guides (Including Free PDF Print-Outs)

We also provide overviews of the steps you’ll need to take at the DMV, so you can be better prepared and know what to expect when it comes time to make a visit to your local office or complete a task online or through the mail. You’ll also find tips and guides designed to help make you the most knowledgeable driver and vehicle owner as possible.

How to Get a Driver’s License in Iowa

Driver’s Education in Iowa

REAL ID Identification Requirements at the DMV

Driver’s License for Undocumented Immigrants

Driving Safety Topics: Distracted Driving, Defensive Driving, DUI, Seat Belt Laws, and More!

Iowa Motorcycle License & CDL

Are you interested in obtaining other types of driver’s licenses and endorsements in Iowa? has you covered!

Iowa Motorcycle License Practice Tests & Application Requirements

Iowa Motorcycle Written Exam Simulation

Free CDL Practice Tests & Guides

Iowa Car Registration & Title

After you get your driver’s license, you’re going to need something to drive, right? We’ve got the information you’ll need to get started.

Iowa Car Registration & Title Information

Smog Check & Vehicle Inspection Requirements

Car Insurance Requirements

Vehicle History Reports

Free Bill of Sale Form

Iowa License & Registration FAQs

What documents do I need to get an Iowa driver’s license?

You’ll need proof of your identity, Social Security Number, and residential address.

How do I renew my driver’s license in Iowa?

You can renew online or in person.

How long do I have to renew my Iowa driver’s license after it expires?

You have a 60 days grace period to renew your driver’s license.

Do I need a new driver’s license when I move to Iowa?

Yes, you’ll need to get an Iowa license upon establishing residency.

When will I receive my Iowa driver’s license after renewing or replacing it?

You should receive your updated license within a few weeks.

Can I get a copy of my Iowa registration online?

No, you’ll need to contact your local tag office.

How do I renew my car registration in Iowa?

Depending on the county where your vehicle is registered you may be able to renew your registration online, by mail, or in person.

Can I renew my car registration online in Iowa?

Yes, in some counties.

What happens if my Iowa car registration is expired?

You may be charged a late fee.

When will I receive my Iowa car registration and license plate stickers/tabs after I renew or replace them?

You should receive your updated documents and stickers within a few weeks.

How much of my Iowa car registration is tax deductible?

You can deduct your car registration fees from your federal income taxes if a portion of your registration is based on the vehicle’s value. Refer to your registration documents for details.

Do I need to register my vehicle when moving to Iowa?

Yes, you’ll have 30 days to visit your county treasurer’s office to transfer your out-of-state registration.

Iowa DOT Office Locations & Appointments

Sometimes there’s nothing you can do to avoid a trip to the DMV.

Use the Iowa office finder to locate DMVs near you (or find alternatives for completing your tasks): or

Here you’ll be able to find:

  • Addresses and directions.
  • DMV Office Hours.
  • Holiday and Weekend Schedules.
  • Acceptable forms of payment.
  • Current wait times, if available.

Remember, if you do have to visit the Iowa DOT, it’s always a good idea to make an appointment. This can help reduce the time you’ll need to spend there.

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