Driver's education

Parent-taught (home-school) driver education

Parent-taught (home-school) driver education was created and authorized by the Iowa legislature for parents that home-school their children. The information below contains the requirements, process, and Iowa DOT approved courses.

For questions about parent-taught driver education, please contact parenttaught.de@iowadot.us or 515-509-4974.

Processing for each step with submitted documentation may take up to 10 – 14 days.

Step 1: Parent completes and submits application

If the request is approved

Application is approved

If the request is approved,the parent will receive an approval letter along with an approval packet from the Iowa DOT and may proceed with parent-taught driver's education.

 

If the request is denied

Application is denied

If the request is denied, the Iowa DOT will send the parent a denial letter that explains the reason(s) for denial.


Step 2: Completing course requirements

  • After receiving the Iowa DOT's approval to teach the course, the teaching parent may purchase course material directly from the course provider and begin instruction. See the list of approved courses on the tab above.
  • Student successfully completes an approved course, including required classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction.
  • Parent submits the Application for Parent-Taught Driver Education Certificate of Completion to the Iowa DOT. Parents can request the application by sending an email to Parenttaught.de@iowadot.us.
    The following items must be included:
    • Name of approved course completed.
    • Copies or printouts of written tests.
    • Copy of driving log.
    Submit course completion information to:
    Iowa Department of Transportation
    Driver & Identification Services
    P.O. Box 9204
    Des Moines, IA 50306
  • The Iowa DOT will review the submitted materials. If requirements are met, the Iowa DOT will mail a certificate of completion to the parent and student. If the course completion material is unsatisfactory, the Iowa DOT will send a denial letter explaining the reason it was denied.

Step 3: Obtaining driving privileges

  • After the student receives their certificate of completion, the student and parent may schedule their driving test at any driver’s license station. The student and parent should bring the following items with them to the driver’s license issuance site: