As a licensed driver in Iowa, your driver’s license will be valid for 8 years from the date it was issued to you. You will have a 60-day grace period after the expiration date before your license will officially be deemed invalid.
The state of Iowa offers a few different ways to complete a driver’s license renewal which we’ll cover in-depth in this article.
Like most engagements with the DMV, you will be required to present the following documentation for your license renewal.
There are a multitude of documents that will satisfy these requirements. You can find a list of them here.
Upon renewing your Iowa driver’s license, you will be charged $32, or $4 per year that your license will be active. Those over the age of 78 will be issued a license that is valid for only two years, equating to a renewal fee of only $8.
You are able to renew your license in a few different ways.
The most common way for Iowa residents to renew their driver’s license is in person at any Iowa driver’s license locations throughout the state. To begin the process, you will need to do the following:
If your license has been expired for over 12 months, you will need to pass the knowledge and road exams before you can complete the renewal process. Need help studying? Try our Iowa practice test to make sure you learn all you need!
You can also use one of Iowa’s many self-service kiosks if:
You may renew your Iowa driver’s license online if you satisfy the following requirements:
Once you have confirmed that you meet these requirements, you will need to visit the Iowa DOT online renewal platform and follow the instructions on the screen. You will be asked to provide certain information that is available on your driver’s license, so be sure to have it nearby when completing the application.
Once you have successfully gone through all the steps, a fee of $32 will be assessed and must be paid by credit card. Your new license will arrive at your mailing address in 3 weeks.
Renewal by mail is not currently available for Iowa residents. However, if you are temporarily out-of-state or do not meet the eligibility to renew online, you may apply for a temporary extension of up to six months. This request must be made within 30 days before or 60 days after your license expiration date.
To do so, complete an Application for Temporary Extension of Motor Vehicle License and mail or fax this document to the Iowa DOT’s Driver & Identification Services with your out-of-state address.
That’s all the information you need to complete your Iowa driver’s license renewal. Remember, you may renew your license up to 6 months before it expires and it will be valid for 60 days after expiration.
Be sure to reference this blog in order to make sure you have everything you need to get it done correctly with minimal stress!
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