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Frequently Asked Questions - Taking Your IA Permit Test

To give yourself the best chance of passing your IA Permit Test, you should read the entire Manual. The Permit Test will test your knowledge of traffic safety laws, speed limits, traffic violations, road signs, signaling devices and many more topics that are covered in the IA Driver's Manual.
The IA Permit Test consists of 35 questions. You will need to answer 28 of those 35 questions correctly in order to pass.
No. You are not allowed to use your IA Driver's Manual or any other study material while you take your IA Permit Test.
No. You do not have to take or pass a drug test to be able to apply or receive an IA Driver's License.
There are a few reasons, test takers fail their IA Permit Test. A test taker who fails may not have studied thoroughly. Or he or she may have been nervous, anxious and/or distracted on the day of the test. If you fail your IA Permit Test, you will not receive your IA Learner's Permit, and you will need to retake the exam. You are able to do so as early as the next business day, however, do not rush retaking the exam. Take your time. Read the entire IA Driver's Manual again and answer test questions on our website [link] so that the next time you take the IA Permit Test you have the best chance of passing.
If you pass your IA Permit Test, you will receive your IA Learner's Permit. In most instances, applicants will need to maintain their Learner's Permit for 6 months before they can take their IA Driving Exam.
In IA, the minimum age requirement is 14 years old.
On the day of your IA Permit Test, you will need to bring proof of your identity, your Social Security Number and proof of your residency in Iowa. If you are under 18, your legal guardian or parent should accompany you if they are not able to do so you will also need to submit a written consent form signed by your parent or legal guardian.
Your parent or legal guardian should accompany you. If they are unable to accompany you, bring a written consent form signed by your parent. Before arriving you should check with your local DOT office to see if there is a standard written consent form available that your parent or legal guardian should fill out.