Policies and Statements

Terms of Use

Attention icon Attention! You have entered an official Iowa Department of Transportation website, which may be used for authorized purposes only. Please read these terms of use carefully before using this website. These website terms of use (Terms of Use) govern your access to and use of the site. The website is available for your use only on the condition that you agree to the terms of use set forth below. If you do not agree to these terms, please leave the site immediately, and stop your use of and access to this website, the subpages and content.

Change without notice

The Iowa DOT provides this website as a public service to you, subject to these Terms of Use. This website and Terms of Use are dynamic and will change periodically without notice to you. Users of this website are, therefore, fully responsible for checking the accuracy, completeness, currency, and suitability of this site themselves.

In addition, the Iowa DOT may suspend or discontinue some or all of this public service at any time, or may elect to charge a fee for access to or use of this public service.

Intended audience/jurisdiction

This website and other Iowa DOT websites that are linked to this site or affiliated with this site (collectively “the Site”), and all the information, communications, software, scripting, photos, text, video, graphics, music, sounds, images, and other materials and services found on the Site (collectively “Content”), is intended for the lawful use of the public in obtaining access to transportation-related information.

The Site is controlled and operated in whole or in part by the Iowa DOT from its offices within the state of Iowa. The Iowa DOT makes no representation that the materials available on the Site are appropriate or available for use in other locations, and access to them from jurisdictions where their contents are illegal is prohibited.

These terms and conditions are to be governed and construed by Iowa law. In the event of a dispute arising out of or relating to these terms and conditions, or your use of or access to this Site, litigation must be brought in the state or federal court in the state of Iowa.

Restrictions on use of content and site

© Copyright 2024 Iowa Department of Transportation. All rights reserved. You may not copy, display, distribute, download, license, modify, publish, repost, reproduce, reuse, sell, supplement, transmit, use to create a derivative work, recompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, or otherwise convert the Content to a perceivable form.

You acknowledge having been advised by the Iowa DOT that the Content is protected in the state of Iowa and United States by a variety of laws, including but not limited to copyright, trademark, patent, and other proprietary rights laws (collectively “Rights”). In addition to the Iowa DOT’s Rights in individual elements of the Content, the Iowa DOT owns a copyright in the selection, coordination, and arrangement of the Content.

The Iowa DOT does not grant you any permission to use the Content other than the permission expressly stated in these Terms of Use. All other use of Content from the Site, including but not limited to uploading, downloading, modification, publication, transmission, participation in the transfer or sale of, copying, reproduction, republishing, creation of derivative works from, distribution, performance, display, incorporation into another website, reproducing the Site (whether by framing or any other method), or in any other way exploiting any of the Content, in whole or in part, or downloading and using Content repeatedly for uses other than those expressly permitted may not be made without the Iowa DOT’s prior express written consent.

You are hereby granted permission to access the Content from the Site in whole or in part, solely for your personal, educational, and noncommercial use of viewing and browsing through the Site or ordering products or services from the Site.

You may make such limited number of duplicates of any output, both in machine-readable or hard copy form, as may be reasonable for your personal, educational, and noncommercial use. Materials must include any copyright notices originally included with the Content in all copies.

This permission terminates automatically if you breach any of the Terms of Use. If pursuant to an authorization from the Iowa DOT you download Content from the Site, including all code, files, images, and accompanying data, neither title nor intellectual property rights are transferred to you, but remain with the Iowa DOT, who owns full and complete title.

You agree that you will not use or launch any automated system, including without limitation robots, spiders, offline readers, or other devices to monitor or copy the Iowa DOT’s Web pages or Content contained herein or to access the Site in a manner that sends more requests to the server in any given period of time than a typical human would normally produce in the same period using a conventional online Web browser to read, view, and submit information.

You agree that you will not use any device, software, or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Site or any transaction being conducted on the Site.

Design files

Revisions or additions to the design file standards may occur at any time, the receiver agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Iowa DOT, its officers, agents, and employees from and against any and all claims, suits, losses, damages, or costs, including reasonable attorney's fees, arising from the use of outdated design file standards, and such indemnification shall survive acceptance of said file(s) by the receiver. Use of these files is not a substitute for procuring the services of licensed design and engineering professionals. The receiver assumes all responsibility for compliance with engineering practices.


In the event of any permitted redistribution or publication of copyrighted material, no changes in or deletion of author attribution, trademark legend, or copyright notice shall be made. You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by downloading copyrighted material.

Cameras on the Web

The Iowa DOT is not responsible for inaccurate or outdated information seen on a camera. Due to the unpredictable nature of the weather and its effects on roadways, and because weather, road, and traffic conditions change rapidly, motorists are in the best position to perceive such conditions and adjust their driving accordingly. Those relying on the information presented on the Site do so at their own risk, and neither the State of Iowa, Iowa DOT, nor any of their employees or agents shall be liable for either the accuracy of this information or any actions taken based on the information. Recordings from roadside cameras may be briefly retained but are not archived by the Iowa DOT.

Use of geographic information systems (GIS) data

Geographic Information Systems data is information that constitutes “public records” under Iowa Code chapter 22. It is being provided to you by Iowa DOT on an “as is” basis without any warranty of any kind and does not require written permission for use. Data can be manipulated and used for private and commercial purposes. Iowa DOT disclaims all warranties and conditions, express, implied, or statutory, including without limitation the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with regards to this information Iowa DOT shall not be liable for any damages, including but not limited to special, incidental, or consequential damages or lost profits (however arising, including negligence), arising out of or in connection with this information or your use of it.

All information you are about to obtain is subject to change at any time by Iowa DOT without prior notice to you. You are not permitted to represent to any third party that you are in any way affiliated with, associated with, or acting on behalf of the Iowa DOT. The Iowa DOT reserves the right to assert any and all claims of confidentiality available to it under state or federal law, including, but not limited to, Iowa Code chapter 22, and does not waive any claims of confidentiality it may be entitled to assert under state or federal law as to the information in its possession.

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the State of Iowa (including the Iowa DOT) its officials, employees, and agents from any loss, damage, liability, claim, demand, or cost (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) of any kind made or incurred by any third party due to, arising out of, or relating in any way to: (i) your use of any of the information you have obtained, (ii) any third party’s use of any of the information you have obtained, (ii) your dissemination of any of the information you have obtained, (iii) any representations or warranties you have made to any third party relating in any way to any of the information you have obtained, or (iii) your negligence or misconduct in any matter relating to the information you have obtained.

By using the data you are agreeing to the above terms.

Trademarks and service marks

The Contents of the Site, including its “look and feel” (e.g., text, graphics, images, logos, buttons), editorial content, notices, software (including HTML-based computer programs), and other Content are copyrighted and all rights are reserved.

By using the Site, you agree to abide by all applicable laws in connection with the Iowa DOT’s property rights, and by these Terms of Use. Except as otherwise provided in these terms, you may not copy, reprint, publish, reengineer, translate, host, display, distribute, or commercially exploit any of the Content without the express written permission of the Iowa DOT.

There are a number of proprietary logos, service marks, trademarks, slogans, and product designations found on the Site. By making them available on the Site, the Iowa DOT is not granting you a license to use them in any fashion. Access to this Site does not confer upon you any license under any of the Iowa DOT’s or any third party’s intellectual property rights.

No Iowa DOT trademark or service mark may be used as a hyperlink without the Iowa DOT’s prior written permission.

Privacy policy

The Iowa DOT’s collection and use of personally identifiable information about you is subject to our Privacy Policy. For more information, see our full Privacy Policy.

The Site is intended for use by persons of legal Iowa driver licensing age. The Iowa DOT encourages parents and guardians to take an active role in their children’s use of the Internet, and inform them about the potential dangers of providing information about themselves over the Internet.

Outbound links to third-party websites

This Site may provide links to other third-party websites or resources. The Iowa DOT makes no representations whatsoever about any other website that you may access through the Site.

Because the Iowa DOT has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that the Iowa DOT is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, services, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources.

It is up to you to take precautions to ensure that whatever you select for your use is free of such items as viruses, worms, Trojan horses, time bombs, or other computer programming routines that are intended to damage, interfere with, intercept, or expropriate any system.

References on the Site to any names, marks, products, or services of any third parties or hypertext links to third-party sites or information are provided solely as a convenience to you, and do not constitute or imply an endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation of, or affiliation with the third party or its products and services. The Iowa DOT makes no representation or warranty as to any third-party content, products or services, and you agree that the Iowa DOT shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such third-party content, products or services available on or through any such site or resource.

Disclaimer of endorsement

Any reference in the Site to any specific commercial products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the Iowa DOT.

Disclaimer of warranty

The Iowa DOT does not warrant or make any representations regarding the availability, use, timeliness, security, validity, accuracy, or reliability of the Content of the Site or any other websites linked to or from the Site. Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of the Site is done at your own discretion and risk and you are solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material or use of this Site. The Content of the Site is provided “AS IS” and on an “AS AVAILABLE” basis, without warranties of any kind either express or implied. To the fullest extent possible pursuant to applicable law, the Iowa DOT disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement or other violation of rights. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusions or limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from the Iowa DOT shall be deemed to alter this disclaimer of warranty, or create any warranty.

The Iowa DOT attempts to provide the best service reasonably possible, but situations will occur that disrupt service or cause misinformation. The material presented on this Site cannot be guaranteed as to accuracy or timeliness. This information depends on a number of items, including Internet availability, communications networks, and computer equipment that are beyond the control of the Iowa DOT and difficult to predict.

Limitation of liability

The Iowa DOT will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising out of or relating to the use or the inability to use the Site, its Content, or links, including but not limited to damages caused by or related to errors, omissions, interruptions, defects, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, line failure, and all other direct, indirect, special, incidental, exemplary, or consequential damages, even if the Iowa DOT has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusion may not apply to you. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Iowa DOT’s total liability to you for all losses, damages, and causes of action, including but not limited to those based on contract, tort, or otherwise arising out of your use of the Site, its Content or links, shall not exceed the amount you paid to access this Site.


You agree that the Iowa DOT, in its sole discretion, may terminate or restrict your use or access to this Site (or any part thereof) for any reason, including, without limitation, that the Iowa DOT believes you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of these Terms of Service or the terms, conditions, or rules of a promotion contained within the Site.

General information

The Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between you and the Iowa DOT and govern your use of the Site, superseding any prior agreements between you and the Iowa DOT relating to your use of this Site. You may also be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use products or services, participate in a promotion, participate in an Iowa DOT-sponsored program or service, or use or download Content.

The failure of the Iowa DOT to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

By accessing the Site you agree that the statutes and laws of the United States and State of Iowa, without regard to conflicts of laws, will apply to all matters relating to the use of the Site, and you agree that any litigation shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state or federal courts in Iowa. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to the use of the Site, or the Terms of Use must be filed within one year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.


If any provision of these Terms of Use is held to be unlawful, void, or unenforceable by any law, rule, order, or regulation of any government or by the final determination of any state or federal court, then that provision shall be deemed severable from the remaining terms and shall not affect the enforceability of any other provision of the Terms of Use.


Please report any violations of these Terms of Use to the Iowa DOT by using the Contact Form.

Acceptance of terms

You acknowledge you have read and agree to be bound by these Terms of Use and to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including without limitation U.S. export and re-export control laws and regulations regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside. You further agree to comply with all local laws, regulations, and rules regarding online conduct and acceptable Content. You represent you have the legal authority to accept those Terms of Use on behalf of yourself or any party you represent. If you do not agree to these terms, please do not use the Site. If you do not agree to these terms, please do not use the site.

Seeking permission to use content other than expressly stated in these terms of use

To seek permission from the Iowa DOT to redistribute, copy, reprint, publish, reengineer, translate, host, display, distribute, download, license, modify, repost, reproduce, reuse, sell, supplement, transmit, use to create a derivative work, recompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, or otherwise convert the Content, or commercially use any of the Content on the Site in ways other than expressly stated in these Terms of Use, submit a request in writing to the director of the Strategic Communications Bureau, Iowa Department of Transportation, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa, 50010 or email dot-newsgroup@iowadot.us.

Date of last revision: 12/27/23


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