Motor Vehicle Enforcement

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Motor Vehicle Enforcement, sometimes known as MVE, is a dynamic, progressive, and professional statewide law enforcement organization dedicated to highway safety. Our officers serve and protect the public by patrolling Iowa’s highways and operating our state-of-the-art weigh station facilities. We are Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) certified peace officers. While we enforce all state law (traffic and criminal) our core mission is in the enforcement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), vehicle size, weight, registration, and travel authority of commercial motor vehicles.

Derecho disaster proclamation

On non‐interstate roads only, motor carriers hauling any goods and supplies necessary to respond to the severe storm disaster may exceed the weights listed in Iowa Code 321.463 by 12.5% without a permit, so long as they don’t exceed 20,000 pounds on an individual axle, and their total weight does not exceed 90,000 pounds. This change remains in effect until the end of the emergency, currently November 8. Trucks are still required to obey posted bridge restrictions.

On interstate roads only, trucks hauling divisible loads of goods and supplies necessary to respond to the severe storm disaster may operate on the interstate with a gross weight over 80,000 pounds when operating under a special permit issued by Iowa DOT. Permits will be issued for free and only for loads related to the severe storm disaster. Permits can be obtained by visiting our website at: https://iowadot.gov/mvd/motorcarriers/Oversize-Overweight-Trip-permits. Please select the emergency interstate permit or the single/round trip permit on the application page and fill in your truck details to obtain your free permit. Please include a comment on your application that this permit is related to disaster assistance. This change remains in effect until the end of the emergency, currently November 8.

COVID-19 Information

Motor carriers transporting livestock and livestock feed; medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants; and food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores, are temporarily waived from following hours of service requirements both in Iowa and the United States by declaration from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration until Dec. 31, 2020.