Driver's education

Iowa Driver Improvement Program

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 ColorsĀ® 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), or you have been convicted of a speeding violation of 25 mph to 29 mph over the limit (serious violation), you may be required to complete the driver improvement program. 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 https://www.nicc.edu/
Northwest Iowa Community College 603 W. Park St. Sheldon 712-324-5061 https://nwicc.edu/
Eastern Iowa Community College 101 W. Third St. Davenport 563-441-4100 https://www.eicc.edu/
Iowa Western Community College 2700 College Rd. Box 4-C Council Bluffs 712-325-3255 https://www.iwcc.edu/
Northeast Iowa Community College Dubuque Center, 700 Main St. Dubuque 563-557-8271 https://www.nicc.edu/
Iowa Central Community College One Triton Cir. Fort Dodge 515-574-1971 http://www.iowacentral.edu/
Kirkwood Community College 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW Cedar Rapids 319-398-5549 http://www.kirkwood.edu/
Southwestern Community College 1501 W. Townline Creston 641-782-1424 https://www.southwesterncc.edu/
North Iowa Area Community College 500 College Dr. Mason City 641-422-4332 https://www.niacc.edu/
Iowa Valley Community College 3702 S. Center St. Marshalltown 641-844-5621 https://mcc.iavalley.edu/
Des Moines Area Community College 111 E. Army Post Rd. Des Moines 515-256-4911 https://www.dmacc.edu/
Indian Hills Community College 525 Grandview Bldg. 6 Ottumwa 641-683-5182 http://www.indianhills.edu/
Iowa Lakes Community College 19 South 7th St. Estherville 712-362-7946 https://www.iowalakes.edu/
Hawkeye Community College Box 8015 Waterloo 319-296-4005 https://www.hawkeyecollege.edu/
Western Iowa Tech Community College 4647Stone Ave. Box 5199 Sioux City 712-274-8733 https://www.witcc.edu/index.cfm
Southeastern Community College 1500 W. Agency Rd., P.O. Box 180 West Burlington 319-208-5375 https://www.scciowa.edu/