Iowa Learner's Permit

Getting Your Iowa Instruction Permit: A Complete Guide

by Zutobi · Updated Jan 06, 2022

Getting an instruction permit, also known as a learner’s permit, is the first step of the Graduated Drivers License Program and only necessary for those from the ages of 14 to 17. With an instruction permit, you will only be able to operate a motor vehicle with adult supervision.

How to Get an Instruction Permit

1. Visit Your Local DMV

You will need to apply for a learner’s permit at your local Iowa DMV location.

2. Pass Written and Vision Test

All new drivers will be required to take a vision test upon applying for a driver’s license or permit in the state.

You will also be given a written driving test designed to assess your knowledge of driving rules, traffic laws, and road signs. There are 35 multiple choice questions on the test. You must answer 28 correctly in order to pass the exam.

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If you are under 18, you will need written parental consent in order to get a permit.

4. Bring Proper Documentation

Like most trips to the DMV, you will be required to bring documentation with you. You will need proof of the following:

  • Primary identification
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of Social Security number

5. Pay Fees

You will be charged a $6 fee at the time of your permit application.

Permit Restrictions

Your Iowa learner’s permit will allow you to drive whenever you please as long as you have adult supervision. This adult must be at least 21 years of age with a valid driver’s license.

OPTIONAL – Get a Minor School License (Ages 14 ½ – 16)

You must be at least 14 ½ years old and live over a mile from school to be eligible to apply for an Iowa minor school license. Driving to school is a responsibility held by your parents, bus driver, or another adult in your community. With a minor school license, you will be allowed to drive yourself to school without adult supervision.

If a minor school license is not necessary, you may skip directly to the intermediate license.

How to Get a Minor School License

You will need to complete a state-approved driver education course in order to apply. Before you can apply, you will need to have held your permit for a minimum of 6 months.

You will need to schedule an appointment and bring in your completed forms in order to get your license issued. An $8 fee will be charged at the time of application.

That’s It!

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