Open Records Requests / FOIA

The Iowa DOT maintains vast amounts of records, reports, and other information that are available for review to anyone who requests them. We are committed to providing records upon request in accordance with the requirements of Iowa’s open records law. Please note that some records may be considered confidential or may be redacted to eliminate exposure of personally identifiable information.

Cost

You will be provided up to three hours of staff time for retrieval and review of records and 10 pages in hard copy at no charge. Additional staff time to fulfill a records request will be charged at $33 an hour and ten cents per hard copy page. To reduce copy charges, every attempt will be made to fulfill requests electronically, if possible.

If charges are necessary to fulfill your request, you will be notified in writing of the costs and payment methods. Payment must be received by the Iowa DOT before records will be released.

Driver’s license and vehicle records

You may access documents related to a driver’s license record or vehicle records without going through the open records request process.

Media

If you are a member of the media and would like information for a story or to arrange an interview that does not involve the request of records please contact:

Strategic Communications
515-239-1730 (News Media Only)
dot-newsgroup@iowadot.us

Timing of requests

You should receive a response to a records request within 10 business days. If the request could include confidential records or information, Iowa Code allows for up to 20 calendar days to determine what should be made available.


How to request a public record

Due to the large volume of records available, please be very specific in the type of information you are looking for including date ranges, search terms, and other pertinent information that will help us narrow our search. Requests can be made by:

Phone: 515-239-1111

In person or mail:
Records Request Administrator
Director’s Office
Iowa Department of Transportation
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010

By Email (complete form below)








Please be very specific in the type of information you are looking for including search terms or other pertinent information will help us narrow our search.