Iowa DMV

Iowa DMV hours, appointments, locations, phone numbers, holidays, and services. Find the Iowa DMV office near me.


About DMV Locations

In Iowa, the Department of Transportation (DOT) handles vehicle services and driver services, issues license plates and commercial driver's licenses, and grants permits for oversized vehicles. Vehicle registration is managed through the county treasurer's office, so you will need to contact the office in your specific county for this service. There are stations in each county for driver's license services. You can also visit driver's license kiosks located throughout the state at places like city libraries.

The vehicle services offered through your county treasurer's office include titling, registration, and plates. To register your vehicle, you will need proof of ownership and a title application. In most cases, vehicle registration fees are determined by the vehicle's weight and age. Trucks with a 3-ton license, motorcycles, antique vehicles, and trailers are calculated differently.

Drivers under the age of 18 can apply for a graduated driver license (GDL). At age 14, you can receive an instruction permit with parental consent, proof of identification, residency, and your Social Security number. You must also pass the written and vision tests. At age 16, you can apply for an intermediate license. To receive an intermediate license, you must hold a permit for at least 12 months and have a clean driving record for the most recent 6 months. You'll also need to complete an approved driver's education course, have parental consent, and document at least 20 hours of supervised driving, with at least two hours of night driving. At age 17, you can apply for a full license, provided you have met all the requirements of the intermediate license and have a signed consent form from a parent or guardian. Drivers over 18 can apply for a standard license after passing the written, vision, and road tests.