Commercial vehicles/CDL

Proof of citizenship or lawful presence to renew your CDL

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Federal regulations require you to bring proof of citizenship or lawful presence to renew your CDL.


You must bring one of the of the following documents to
prove citizenship or lawful presence in the U.S. to renew your CDL (required)

U.S. Citizens

  • Certified copy of U.S. birth certificate
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship

If your CDL has a gold star in the upper right hand corner, it’s a REAL ID license, and no additional documentation is required. Just bring your current CDL.

Permanent resident

Permanent residents or temporary foreign nationals must provide proof of lawful status whenever they are issued a license.

  • Permanent resident card (lawful permanent residents)

Temporary foreign national

Permanent residents or temporary foreign nationals must provide proof of lawful status whenever they are issued a license.

  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD) or I-94 document

You’re also required to prove your Iowa residency. Bring your current CDL showing your Iowa street address. If you do not have your current CDL, bring any document with your name and address, such as a utility bill, pay stub, or any piece of mail with a postmark or stamped date.

checkmark  View list of acceptable documentation to show residency



Get a REAL ID-compliant license (optional)

Since you must bring the documents above, you’re only two short steps away from getting a REAL ID license if you want one. Just bring two additional items with you.

  • Proof of Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Additional proof of your Iowa residency

REAL ID requirements will affect travel beginning Oct. 1, 2021.