Civil Rights

Title VI Program

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the federal law that protects individuals and groups from discrimination on the basis of their race, color, and national origin in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. However, the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) reference to Title VI includes other civil rights provisions of federal statutes and related authorities to the extent that they prohibit discrimination in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.

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Title VI documents and forms

The forms portion of this library provides access to forms relating to employees, external (nonemployee), and subrecipients.

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What is Title VI and what will the Iowa DOT do with my complaint? Who is a primary recipient and subrecipient?

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Our nondiscrimination policy statement

It is the policy of the Iowa DOT to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.

Complaint resolution process

Complaint procedures

A signed, written Title VI complaint must be filed within 180 days of the date of the alleged act of discrimination. The complaint must include the following information.

  • Your name, address and telephone number. If you are filing on behalf of another person, include their name, address, telephone number and your relationship to the complainant (e.g., friend, attorney, parent, etc.).
  • The name and address of the agency, program or organization that you believe discriminated against you.
  • A description of how, why and when you believe you were discriminated against. Include as much background information as possible about the alleged acts of discrimination.
  • Your signature.

Complaint forms

Complaints must be filed in person or in writing. They should be directed to:

Iowa Department of Transportation
Office of Employee Services – Civil Rights
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, Iowa 50010

Iowa DOT ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other nondiscrimination statutes. If you need more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact Iowa DOT Civil Rights at 515-239-1111 or by email at


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