Driver's license/ID

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Iowa driver's license renewal and extensions

Renewing your Iowa driver's license or ID card

There are three ways to renew your driver's license or ID card: online, in-person, or at a kiosk.

Online renewal checkmark
 

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may renew your driver's license or identification (ID) card online and skip a trip to the driver's license issuance location. You will need your current driver's license or ID card and a credit or debit card at your fingertips to complete the process. Fees will include your driver's license or ID card renewal fee plus a $1.50 online processing fee.



In-person renewal checkmark
 

You can renew your driver's license or Identification card at any one of Iowa's 100 issuance sites. Schedule an appointment

At a kiosk checkmark
 

You can renew your driver's license or Identification card at any one of Iowa's 24 kiosks.

 

Expiration dates

Your license expires on the expiration date printed on the license. The license is valid for driving for an additional 60 days after the expiration date. After 60 days from the expiration date, you may be ticketed for driving with an expired license. (If you are a temporary foreign national, you are not entitled to the 60-day grace period.)

After one year following expiration, you will be required to take the knowledge test and drive test. If you plan to travel or rent a car during the 60-day grace period, you should renew your driver's license; some entities may not recognize the grace period. You may renew your driver's license 180 days before its expiration date. If you demonstrate a good cause exists to renew earlier, you may renew your driver's license up to one year before the expiration date. You must pass the vision screening each time you renew your license.

Age Expiration date
Younger than 17 years and 11 months Two years
Older than 17 years and 11 months through 66 years Eight years
67 years Seven years
68 years Six years
69 years Five years
70 years Four years
71 years Three years
72 years and older Two years

Iowa nonoperator's ID cards will be issued with an expiration date of eight years.

Instruction permits will be issued with an expiration date of four years.

Commercial learner permits (CLP) will be issued with an expiration date of one year. Full test required upon renewal.

Driver licenses issued to persons under the age of 18, over 72, or persons who are temporary foreign nationals will be issued with shorter renewal periods set by Iowa law.

Electronic renewal notifiction sign upElectronic renewal notification

Receive an email reminder to renew your driver's license or identification card.

Real ID

If you want a REAL ID-marked card, you must complete a new application (assisted by the driver’s license issuance site representative) and present proof of identity. Regardless of whether you have held your driver’s license or ID card for a short time or many years, the same provisions apply.

To assist Iowans gather the necessary documents, there is a list of acceptable documents available on the Internet (Proof of Identity), or you can call 515-244-8725 to listen to a recorded message.

Temporary extension

If you are temporarily out of state, are unable to renew your driver's license in person and do not meet eligibility to renew online, you may apply for a temporary extension not to exceed six months. Please note: If you are eligible to renew your license online, you may not be eligible for a temporary extension. A request for extension must be made within 30 days before or 60 days after the expiration date. The request must also be in writing by mailing or faxing an Application for Temporary Extension of Motor Vehicle License to the Iowa DOT's Driver & Identification Services. You must provide an out-of-state address and/or out-of-state fax number.

Temporary extension for military personnel

An extension of operating privileges may be given to military personnel who cannot return to Iowa to renew their driver's license in person and do not meet eligibility requirements to renew online. The extension is valid until six months following separation from active duty.

Iowa law also provides for an extension to dependents of active military personnel. This extension is valid for five years from the expiration date of the license. A copy of the dependent's military identification must accompany the written request.

A request for an Extension for Military Service, along with the active duty assignment orders, may be emailed, faxed, or mailed to:

mymvd@iowadot.us

Driver & Identification Services
Iowa Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 9204
Des Moines, Iowa 50306-9204
Telephone: 515-244-8725
Fax: 515-239-1837

Optional driver’s license or ID card designations

There are several optional designations you may add to your driver’s license or nonoperator identification cards to, such as “Veteran,” “Hard of Hearing” or “Deaf,” and others. Find out more about these voluntary designations and how to add them to your license.