Driver's Education

Iowa Driver Improvement Program

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What is the Driver Improvement Program (DIP)?

Safety is at the heart of everything we do at the Iowa Department of Transportation. Helping people become safer drivers is one element of this safety focus. The eight-hour Driver Improvement Program, developed in partnership with NCTI using Real Colors® personality assessment, is a way to learn or relearn the skills to help you be a safer driver.

This program will help you to:

  • Discover how attitudes affect driving behavior.
  • Understand how attitudes and emotions influence whether the driver is in control.
  • Understand techniques that help drivers avoid accidents and promote safe driving.
  • Understand the effects that drugs/alcohol have on driving ability.
  • Develop a renewed awareness of driving responsibilities.

Why participate in the program?

  • To prevent a suspension - when your record shows convictions of three countable moving violations that were committed within a 12-month period (habitual violator), you have been convicted of a speeding violation of 25 mph to 29 mph over the limit (serious violation), or you have been convicted of a first offense of unlawfully passing a school bus, you may be required to complete the driver improvement program in lieu of a license suspension. After you have successfully completed the program, you will be on probation for one year. The completion of a driver improvement course does not clear your driving record of any entries showing violations or accidents. Your driving record will show all convictions, accidents, or suspensions during at least the last five years.
  • To receive a reduction on your auto insurance - Some insurance companies may offer incentives for taking the driver improvement program.
  • To meet a requirement of your employer - Trucking companies and other employers send their drivers to promote safety.

Where can I take the driver improvement program?

School name Address City Phone number Website address
Northeast Iowa Community College 1625 HWY 150 S, P.O. Box 400 Calmar 563-562-3263
Northwest Iowa Community College 603 W. Park St. Sheldon 712-324-5061
Eastern Iowa Community College 101 W. Third St. Davenport 563-441-4100
Iowa Western Community College 2700 College Rd. Box 4-C Council Bluffs 712-325-3255
Northeast Iowa Community College Dubuque Center, 700 Main St. Dubuque 563-557-8271
Iowa Central Community College One Triton Cir. Fort Dodge 515-574-1971
Kirkwood Community College 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW Cedar Rapids 319-398-1022
Southwestern Community College 1501 W. Townline Creston 641-782-1424
North Iowa Area Community College 500 College Dr. Mason City 641-422-4332
Iowa Valley Community College 3702 S. Center St. Marshalltown 641-844-5621
Des Moines Area Community College 111 E. Army Post Rd. Des Moines 515-256-4911
Indian Hills Community College 525 Grandview Bldg. 6 Ottumwa 641-683-5182
Iowa Lakes Community College 19 South 7th St. Estherville 712-362-7946
Hawkeye Community College Box 8015 Waterloo 319-296-4005
Western Iowa Tech Community College 4647Stone Ave. Box 5199 Sioux City 712-274-8733
Southeastern Community College 1500 W. Agency Rd., P.O. Box 180 West Burlington 319-208-5375


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