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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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Table of Contents

  • After You Have Passed the Driving Exam (or Road Test)
  • Applying for Your Iowa License
  • Preparing For Your IA Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Preparing For Your IA Permit Test
  • Renewing Your IA License
  • Taking Your IA Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Taking Your IA Permit Test
  • What If I Failed My Road Test?
  • What If I'm Moving to Iowa or Just Visiting?
If I'm under 18, are there any limits to my driver's license?

Yes. Iowa employs a graduated driver's license (GDL) program, which allocates restrictions and responsibilities over a period of time, until you earn your full license.

If you're 15 years old or younger and driving on a permit, you will ONLY be able to drive with:

  • A parent or guardian.
  • A family member who's 21 or older.
  • Your driving education instructor.
  • A fully-licensed person 25 or older with written permission from your parent or guardian.

If you're 16 or 17 and driving on an intermediate license, restrictions include:

  • Unsupervised driving ONLY:
    • Between 5 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.
    • To school or work, with a written waiver.
  • No more than 1 additional passenger, unless appropriately supervised.

Once you turn 17 and earn your full license, there are no more restrictions.

What happens after I pass my IA road test?

What happens after you pass your IA road test depends on your age:

  • If you're 17 or younger: You will be given your intermediate license.
  • If you're 18 or older: You will receive your full driver's license.

Once I have my permit, who can I drive with?

While driving with your IA learner's permit, you can drive with:

  • A parent or legal guardian.
  • A fully-licensed family member who's at least 21 years old.
  • A fully-licensed passenger who's at least 25 with written permission from your parent or guardian.

Once I get my IA permit, what do I need to do before I can drive with my parents?

Once you get your IA instruction permit, you will be able to drive with anyone who is at least 25 years old and fully licensed, a parent, guardian, or a family member who's at least 21.

What are the auto insurance requirements for IA drivers?

Minimum Iowa auto insurance requirements include liability insurance covering at least:

  • $20,000 for bodily injury or death of one person in an accident.
  • $40,000 for bodily injury or death of two or more persons in an accident.
  • $15,000 for destruction of property.

How To Get A Iowa Driver’s License

Driving can afford wonderful freedom—but only if you can prove you’re responsible.

In order to legally drive in Iowa, you must pass a number of tests that show the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) that you can handle a vehicle and follow the rules of the road.

Still, the process looks slightly different, depending on your age and the type of vehicle you want to drive.

Iowa Graduated Driver’s License (GLD) Program (Under Age 18)

The IA DOT has a system called the Graduated Driver’s License, which allocates certain driving privileges over a period of time.

If you’re under 18, you must use this system to earn your license.

Learner’s Permit

The first step toward getting a full driver’s license in Iowa is getting your learner’s permit. You can start this process once you turn 14 years old.

To get your Iowa learner’s permit, you’ll have to pass the state’s written driving exam. You can take the test either:

Regardless, after you pass the test, you’ll have to schedule an appointment with the  IA Department of Transportation, and:

Once the tests are passed, the paperwork filed, and the fee paid, you’ll be issued your Iowa learner’s permit. This credential ONLY allows you to drive while under supervision of:

  • A parent or legal guardian.
  • A certified driving instructor.
  • A family member age 21 or older.
  • A fully-licensed passenger who’s at least 25 years old, with written permission from a parent or guardian.

Iowa Minor’s School License

This next step is optional. You may apply for an Iowa Minor’s School License if you:

  • Are at least 14 ½.
  • Have practiced on your learner’s permit for at least 6 months.
  • Live at least 1 mile from the school you attend.

This license will let you drive unsupervised in limited capacities, in the most direct route possible, including:

  • To your school and back.
  • To your family’s farm and back.
  • To a school you’re not enrolled in, for extracurricular activities.

To apply, schedule an appointment with the DOT and bring:

You may also be asked to perform a vision test or driving test, at discretion of the DOT. The state’s website has more information.

Intermediate Driver’s License

If you aren’t eligible for a Minor’s School License, you’ll have to wait to apply for your intermediate license.

In order to do so, you’ll need to:

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Practice on your learner’s permit for at least 12 months.
  • Pass a state-approved Driver’s Education course.
  • Log at least 20 hours of driving practice, including at least 2 hours at night.

Once those requirements have been met, it’s time to take your driving test. Schedule an appointment with the Department of Transportation and bring:

The car you test in will also need current:

  • Liability insurance.
  • Registration.
  • License plates.

After passing the test and paying the fee, you’ll be issued your intermediate license. Restrictions on this license include:

  • Unsupervised driving ONLY between 5 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.
  • No more than 1 additional passenger, unless appropriately supervised.

Full Driver’s License

You’ll be able to upgrade to your full license once you:

  • Have held your intermediate license for 12 consecutive months.
    OR
  • Turn 18.

To take the final step, schedule an appointment with the DOT and bring:

The state will then issue your license. Congratulations!

Driver’s License (Age 18+)

If you’re applying for a first-time driver’s license in Indiana and you’re 18 or older, the process is a bit more streamlined.

Written Exam

To start, you’ll have to take the written knowledge exam. Visit your closest participating DOT office and bring:

You’ll also need to successfully pass:

  • A vision test.
  • The written knowledge exam.

After passing the exam and paying the fee, you’ll be issued your permit. During this time, you’ll be restricted to driving with a fully-licensed passenger who’s:

  • At least 25 years old and fully licensed.
  • At least 21 years old and a family member.

Road Skills Exam

To earn your full license, you’ll have to take the road skills exam. When you feel ready, schedule an appointment with the BMV and bring:

Note that you’ll have to show up to this appointment accompanied by a fully-licensed passenger who is either at least 25 years old or 21 years old and a member of your family.

The vehicle you test in will also need current and valid:

  • Liability insurance.
  • Registration.
  • License plates.

After successfully passing the test and paying the fee, you’ll be issued your full driver’s license. Congratulations!

Transferring an Out-of-State License

Welcome to Iowa!

If you’re new to the state, you’ll have to transfer your out-of-state license within 30 days of relocating.

To do so, visit your closest participating Department of Transportation office and bring:

  • Your current, valid license.
  • Proof of your:
    • Identity.
    • Lawful status in the U.S.
    • Indiana address.
    • Social Security number.
  • The appropriate fee.

At this appointment, you’ll also have to pass a vision screening to complete the transfer.

Once all of the above credentials have been met, you’ll be issued your new Iowa license!

Iowa DOT Motorcycle Permit & License Info

IA Motorcycle License

To legally drive a motorcycle in Iowa, you can either add an endorsement to your existing license or get a stand-alone motorcycle license.

To begin the application process, you must be at least 14 years old.

IA Motorcycle Permit

The first step toward earning your motorcycle license or endorsement is getting your permit.

Schedule an appointment with the IA DOT and:

  • Bring proof of your:
    • Age and identity.
    • Social Security number.
  • Pass the:
    • Written exam.
    • Vision exam.
    • Written Class C license exam, if you don’t already have a driver’s license.
  • Pay the motorcycle permit fee.

If you’re under 18, you’ll also need:

Once the above requirements are met, you’ll be issued your permit.

Iowa Motorcycle License

To turn your motorcycle permit into a license (or endorsement), you’ll need to pass the on-road skills exam.

Schedule another appointment with the DOT and bring:

Once the above is complete and the test is passed, you’ll be issued your motorcycle license. Congratulations!

 

Iowa CDL Requirements

Iowa Commercial Driver’s License

A commercial driver’s license (CDL) will allow you to drive much larger vehicles than the average car. Before you can start the process, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Already have a valid Iowa license.

Once the above is complete, you can begin the CDL process.

Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP)

The first step toward getting your commercial driver’s license is getting your commercial learner’s permit (CLP).

The process involves passing your written knowledge exam. To take it, visit your closest DOT office and bring:

After the paperwork is filed, the fee paid and the test passed, you’ll be issued your CLP. You must hold this credential for at least 14 days before you can take the road test.

While practicing on your permit, you are also required to drive with a CDL-holder who’s at least 21 years old.

Your CLP is valid for 1 year, and there is no option for renewal.

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)

To turn your CLP into a CDL, you’ll have to pass the driving skills exam.

Schedule an appointment with the BMV and bring:

  • Your current, valid CLP.
  • Your medical exam certification.
  • The Indiana CDL fee.

You must arrive to this appointment with a CDL-holding passenger who’s at least 21 years old. The vehicle you test in must also have current and valid:

  • Insurance.
  • Registration.
  • License plates.

After passing the test and paying the fee, you’ll be issued your CDL. Congratulations!