COVID-19

Public Response

 

DOT Facilities

Are Iowa DOT facilities closed?

Iowa DOT rest areas, garages, weigh scales, and administrative offices remain open. Iowa DOT operated driver’s license service centers are open by appointment.

 

What are you doing to increase the safety of your facilities?

To reduce the chance of contamination, staff have increased cleaning and sanitization procedures in all our facilities, with extra attention to facilities that serve the public and high-touch areas. In addition, social distancing is encouraged.


 

Driver's Licenses

Are driver’s license service centers open?

All Iowa DOT operated service centers are open by appointment. Please plan ahead as you may have to schedule a few weeks out. Use our online service selector tool to determine if there are other ways you might be able to receive service. If you must make an appointment and one is not available, we encourage you to check back often. Walk ins will be served based on availability.

Customers who do not have access to the internet or English is not their primary language may call 515-244-8725 to set up an appointment at their preferred location.

Please note that driver’s license and ID services are also conducted at county treasurer’s offices. It is suggested that you contact the location you plan to visit before making the trip.



MY DRIVER’S LICENSE EXPIRED, WHEN DO I HAVE TO RENEW IT?

All noncommercial Iowa driver’s licenses are subject to the expiration date printed on their license. Certain eligible CDL/CLP holders may continue to drive on an expired license under the FMCSA waiver, explained below under the CDL Holders information.

All Iowa driver’s licenses have a 60-day grace period following the printed expiration date that allows it to be used for driving purposes in Iowa. If you need to renew your license, we suggest that you use our online service selector tool to make an appointment or determine if there are other ways you might be able to receive service, such as online renewal.

Please plan ahead. It may take a few weeks to get an appointment.



How do I make an appointment?

Use our online service selector tool to make an appointment or determine if there are other ways you might be able to receive service. Please plan ahead as you may have to schedule a few weeks out. If you must make an appointment and one is not available, we encourage you to check back often. Walk ins will be served based on availability.


I’m having a difficult time making an appointment at a driver’s service center. What do I do?

We encourage you to check back often as appointments regularly open up, particularly first thing in the morning. Walk ins will be served based on availability, but you may have to wait for service. We also suggest that you use our online service selector tool to determine if there are other ways you might be able to receive service, like online renewal.

 

If your license is expired, or about to expire, it is important to note that Iowa law states you have 60 days past the expiration date to renew your license, during which time you can continue to drive in Iowa.


Are you offering drive tests at this time?

All drive tests (Commercial drivers, Non-commercial drivers, and motorcycles) are being conducted in all DOT operated facilities (CDL and motorcycle drive tests are not available at Waukee or Des Moines River Place). Drive tests are being conducted by appointment only. Use our online service selector tool and choose “testing” from the drop down menu to walk you through the steps on how to receive service and make an appointment. If you must make an appointment and one is not available, we encourage you to check back often.


How can my teen get their permit?

In addition to making an appointment to take the knowledge test that is required to obtain a permit, teens have the option to take the web-knowledge test at home with our Skip the Trip Program. Their parent will need to apply to administer the test and the student will need to have an electronic device connected to the internet. After the teen passes the knowledge test, they will still need to make an appointment to come into a facility to be issued their permit.

Please plan ahead as it make take several business days to review your application to administer the test or a few weeks to get an appointment to take the knowledge test. If you must make an appointment and one is not available, we encourage you to check back often. Walk ins will be served based on availability.

 

I need to get a REAL ID gold star on my license. Can I do that at this time?

Yes. Please note that the deadline for REAL ID enforcement is now May 3, 2023. You must come into a service center to obtain the REAL ID GOLD star on your card. Please use our Prepare for Success Tool to determine what documents you need to bring with you and our online service selector tool to make an appointment.


CDL Holders

IS THERE ANY RELIEF FOR EXPIRATION DATES OF COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE OR COMMERCIAL LEARNER’S PERMIT?

Yes. If your CDL or CLP expired on March 1, 2020 or later, your expired license will be considered valid if you are driving anywhere in the U.S. until November 30, 2021, in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) guidance. If your CDL or CLP expired prior to March 1, 2020, it is subject to its original printed expiration date and must be renewed. To renew your CDL or CLP, please make an appointment at any driver’s license service center.

Please note: Once your CDL or CLP has been expired for more than one year (i.e., 366 days or more), you must complete full retesting in order to renew your driving privileges. The FMCSA extension permits CDL/CLP holders whose license expired March 1, 2020 or later to continue driving validly until November 30, 2021 but does not extend the underlying expiration date for purposes of the one-year retesting requirement. In other words, if the expiration date printed on the CDL or CLP is more than one year from the date of renewal, full knowledge and skills testing will be required prior to renewing the CDL or CLP.

MY CDL MEDICAL CERTIFICATE HAS EXPIRED OR WILL EXPIRE SOON – WHAT CAN I DO?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) guidance provided the following relief regarding commercial medical certificates:
  • CDL or CLP holders whose medical certificate or variance expired between March 1, 2020, and May 31, 2020, were provided a temporary waiver to continue operating validly through October 31, 2020 (this relief has now expired)
  • CDL or CLP holders whose medical certificate or variance expired between June 1, 2020, and August 31, 2020, were provided a temporary waiver to continue operating validly through December 31, 2020 (this relief has now expired).
  • CDL or CLP holders whose medical certificate or variance expired between September 1, 2020, and November 30, 2020, will not be downgraded and may continue to operate validly through February 28, 2021. (this relief has now expired)
  • CDL or CLP holders whose medical certificate or variance expired on or after expired between December 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021, will not be downgraded and may continue to operate validly through May 31, 2021. (this relief has now expired)
  • CDL or CLP holders whose medical certificate or variance expired on or after between March 1, 2021 and May 31, 2021, will not be downgraded and may continue to operate validly through August 31, 2021. (this relief has now expired)
  • CDL or CLP holders whose medical certificate or variance expired on or after June 1, 2021, will not be downgraded and may continue to operate validly through November 30, 2021.

School bus drivers should check with their school’s administration for any school-related medical certification requirements during this time.

Find additional guidance on CDL’s from FMCSA here.

How do I get a restricted CDL for the movement of agricultural goods during this time?

 

Restricted CDLs are issued to eligible suppliers or employees of suppliers of agricultural chemicals, fertilizer, seed or animal feeds. If you meet the requirements to receive a restricted CDL, you will need to make an appointment to come into a driver's license service center or visit a county treasurer’s office to get it issued. Many of the county treasurer's locations are not conducting business as usual. If you choose to go to a county treasurer location, please contact the location you plan to visit before making the trip.


Motor Carriers

Is there a place to get information about how I can receive motor carrier services during this time?

Yes, please go to https://iowadot.gov/mvd/vmcs-services for information about your options for receiving motor carrier related services.

How are weight limits changing for those responding to the COVID-19 disaster?

The weight exemption previously in place for non-interstate roads expired on July 25, 2021. However, there are weight limit proclamations in place for harvest season that are currently in effect through November 14, 2021. You can find more details here.

How are hours of service requirements changing for those responding to the COVID-19 disaster?

Motor carriers transporting vaccines, antivirals, prescription drugs, protective equipment, other necessary medical assets, food, medical supplies, cleaning products, other household goods, agricultural supplies and commodities (including, but not limited to, livestock, raw milk, and crop supplies), or any other goods and supplies necessary to respond to this public health disaster and its economic effects or passengers responding to or affected by COVID-19 are temporarily waived from following hours of service requirements both in Iowa and the United States by declaration from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.



Road Construction

How has the COVID-19 situation impacted road construction projects?

We have continued to complete road construction projects in a timely manner throughout the pandemic and have not seen any notable delays due to COVID-19.

What are you doing to keep road workers safe during this emergency?

Road construction and maintenance are considered essential occupations, therefore workers in these areas are continuing to work during this time to keep people moving through Iowa. However, we are working with DOT staff and our construction partners to assure that they are following state and federal guidelines regarding the reduction in the spread of COVID-19. In addition, if we do have a report of a worker that has tested positive for COVID-19 we are collaborating to make sure we are taking measures to reduce additional exposure to the virus for those on that jobsite.

 

 

State of Iowa COVID-19 website

How to DISCOVER THE LATEST RESOURCES, MAPS, AND INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) OUTBREAK IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

Visit the Iowa COVID-19 website, which provides information, maps, and resources about the coronavirus response in your local area. View the current status of confirmed cases here.