Iowa DOT Practice Tests

The best way to prepare for the Iowa driver’s license exam is through practice tests! Our practice tests, such as the Iowa teen permit test and the Iowa new-to-state driver's license test, are what you need to pass the Iowa driver’s license exam.

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Iowa Driver's License Resources

Whether you’re getting ready to take your learner’s permit written test for the first time, studying to get a motorcycle endorsement so you can ride your new bike, or preparing for your CDL exam to drive a commercial vehicle, we’ve gathered a wealth of resources and knowledge to help you obtain your driving credentials.

All Drivers

If you’re renewing a license that has been expired for longer than a year, or if you’re applying for reinstatement after a suspension, you may have to retake the written exam in order to obtain your license.

Free Practice Tests

Driver's License practice tests
Learner's Permit practice tests
Motorcycle Endorsement practice tests
CDL practice tests
Road Signs and Signals practice tests

Resources for all drivers

Read the official Iowa driver’s manual
Check out our frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Buy a driver’s license renewal test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Read our driving safety articles

Iowa DoT quick links for all drivers

Iowa DoT home page
Renewal information
Online renewal
License fees
License issuance sites
Identification requirements

New & Teen Drivers

In Iowa, you must be at least 14 years of age and pass a written test to apply for an instruction permit. You must be at least 16 years of age, have completed an Iowa-approved driver education course, have held an instruction permit for at least 12 months, and have completed at least 20 hours of supervised driving time outside of driver education to apply for an intermediate license. Alternatively, if you live 1 or more miles from the school you are enrolled in, you may apply for a minor school license if you are at least 14 and a half years of age, have completed an Iowa-approved driver education course, and have held an instruction permit for at least six months (you may also be required to take a drive test). You must be at least 17 years of age and meet all the conditions of the intermediate license in order to apply for a full license.

Resources for new & teen drivers

Read the official Iowa driver’s manual
Take one of our free learner’s permit practice tests
Check out our new & teen driver frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a learner’s permit test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Buy a driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy car insurance

Iowa DoT quick links for new & teen drivers


Graduated license program information
Over 18 first-time license information
Driving test information
Private driver education school locations
Parent-taught driver education information

New-to-State Drivers

If you are new to Iowa, you may exchange your valid, unexpired out-of-state license for an Iowa license after passing a vision test.

Resources for new-to-state drivers

Read the official Iowa driver’s manual
Take one of our free driver’s license practice tests
Check out our new-to-state frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a new-to-state driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy car insurance

Iowa DoT quick links for new-to-state drivers

New Iowa resident information

Motorcycles

In Iowa, you must be at least 14 years of age and pass a written test to apply for a motorcycle instruction permit. You must be at least 16 years of age and pass a skills test to apply for a motorcycle license or endorsement.

Resources for motorcyclists

Read the official Iowa motorcycle manual
Take one of our free motorcycle license practice tests
Check out our motorcycle license frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a motorcycle license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
New-to-state motorcycle insurance

Iowa DoT quick links for motorcycles

Motorcycle written test information
Motorcycle instruction permit information
Motorcycle Rider Education program information
Motorcycle Rider Education program locations
Motorcycle Safety Forum

CDL

In Iowa, you must be at least 18 years of age and pass a knowledge test to apply for a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP). You must hold a CLP for at least 14 days, then pass a skills test to apply for a Commercial Driver’s License.

Resources for CDL

Read the official Iowa CDL manual
Take one of our free CDL practice tests
Buy a CDL test paid cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy CDL insurance

Iowa DoT quick links for CDL

How to get a CDL
Commercial Learner's Permit information

Iowa DOT Driving Test Info

Who has to take the written test?

Anyone who is getting their driver's license for the first time must pass the written test in order to receive an instruction permit. Teens can take the test if they are at least 14 years of age and have the written consent of a parent or guardian. Once you earn an instruction permit, if you are under 18 you must follow the state graduated driver's license program and earn an intermediate license before you can get a full license.

Do I have to Take the written test to Renewing my Drivers License?

You do not have to retake the written test when you renew your license unless it has been expired for more than 1 year.

If you're new to state are you required to take the written test?

If you hold a valid driver's license from another state, or a license that has not been expired for more than 1 year, then you are not required to take either part (written or on-road) of the driver's examination unless you are less than 18 years of age.

Who has to take the on-road driving test?

Anyone who is getting their driver's license for the first time must pass both the written and driving tests. Additionally, you will also be required to re-pass both tests if your driver's license has been expired for over 1 year and you want to renew it.

How many questions are on the written test?

There are 35 questions on the test.

How many questions must you get right?

Each copy of the test will state the number of questions you must answer correctly in order to receive a passing score.

If you fail when can you retake the test?

You can retake the test again in 1 day.

How many times can you retake the test?

There is no limit on the number of times you can retake the written test.

Iowa DOT Motorcycle Permit Test Info

What are the Motorcycle Permit age limits?

You must be at least 16 years old and have held a driving permit for at least 6 months before you can take the test. If you are under 18 years of age you must also have parental consent.

How many questions are on the test?

There are 20 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 15 questions correctly in order to pass.

Iowa DOT Motorcyle Permit Resctictions

You cannot drive on highways, drive during hours of darkness, or carry any passengers.

Do you need to take an on-road motorcycle riding test?

Yes, you are required to pass a practical on-road motorcycle skill test in order to get your motorcycle license.

Are there any other state specific age requirements or restrictions for motorcycles?

Anyone under the age of 18 is required to complete the Motorcycle Rider Education (MRE) Program administered by the IDOT Department of Driver's Services.

What is Iowa Helmet Law?

Iowa currently does not have a helmet law, which means that riders are not legally required to wear any kind of helmet while operating a motorcycle.


Iowa Watercraft Written Safety Test Info

Boaters of a certain age in Iowa are required to have a watercraft safety certificate and must complete a boating education course approved by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in order to receive one. Additionally, boaters also have the options of taking the DNR Home-Study Boating Education Course or taking an online safety course offered by Boat-Ed.com, BoatUS.org, or BoaterExam.com. Materials for the home-study course can be requested on the Iowa DNR website.

Who has to take the test?

All boaters who are between the ages of 12 and 17 must have a watercraft safety certificate in order to operate a boat or other watercraft on Iowa waterways. The minimum age to operate a motorized boat or other watercraft is 12.

How many questions are on the test?

The online safety courses generally have 60 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 70% (42 questions) on the online test correctly in order to pass.