(excerpts from the Iowa MVD driver’s manual)
Information for New Residents
If you just moved into Iowa, you will be considered an Iowa resident for the purposes of
If you have a valid out-of-state license, follow these steps to receive your Iowa license.
Be sure to read this manual carefully. Not only will it provide the information to pass the driver
Specific MVD Hours of Operation and Locations
For specific hours of operation, call the driver’s license station or the Motor Vehicle Information Center at 800-532-1121.
Who Needs an Iown Driver’s License?
Anyone who operates a motor vehicle or motorcycle or moped on public streets or roads.
Who Can Apply For An Iowa Driver’s License?
What Test Will I Need To Take?
You will need to pass a vision, knowledge and road test to obtain an Iowa driver’s license.
You must show proof of age, proof of residency and your social security number to obtain an Iowa driver’s license. You need to bring one primary and one secondary document to the MVD. All documents must be original. A complete list can be found in the $CSLINK or online.
Instructional permits are available at age 14 and must be held for a minimum of 6 months. All driving must be supervised by a licensed driver 21 years of age or older. Every passenger must have a seat belt. You must also take an approved driver’s education course and log at least 20 hours of supervised driving.
To qualify for an intermediate license, you must be at least 16 years old and meet all the conditions of an instructional permit. With an intermediate license you can driver without supervision during certain hours.