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What do I need before I can get my permit?

Before applying for an instruction permit, you should complete a driver’s education course approved by the State of Iowa. This will help you learn the rules of the road and safe driving techniques. Study the Iowa Driver’s Manual before taking the written knowledge test. This handbook covers traffic signals, road signs and has practice questions to help you prepare for the written exam. The manual is available at any driver’s license station or on the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) website. The DOT also has study guides available in Albanian, Bosnian, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.