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Frequently Asked Questions - Applying For Your Iowa Driver's License

You must take your IA Driver's license photo at the DOT office. When you take your photo, you should make sure that you wear what you would wear normally. It's extremely important that your face is clearly shown and recognizable. Look straight at the camera and do not smile, as a resting face is easier to identify.
Yes. You do have to complete a vision test in order to get your IA license.
In IA, the minimum age requirement is 14 years old.
When you apply for your IA Learner's Permit, 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. 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.
You are able to apply at any local DOT office. You can find a list of available locations by visiting this website:
Your parent or legal guardian should accompany you. If they are unable to accompany you, bring a written consent form signed by your parent.
Absolutely. You can visit your local DOT office in person or sometimes call. You can find available locations, hours and numbers near you by visiting this website: