Iowa driver's license renewal and extensions
If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may renew your driver's license or identification (ID) card online and skip a trip to the driver's license issuance location. You will need your current driver's license or ID card and a credit or debit card at your fingertips to complete the process. Fees will include your driver's license or ID card renewal fee plus a $1.50 online processing fee.
You can renew your driver's license or Identification card at any one of Iowa's 100 issuance sites.
At a kiosk
You can renew your driver's license or Identification card at any one of Iowa's 24 kiosks.
After one year following expiration, you will be required to take the knowledge test and drive test. If you plan to travel or rent a car during the 60-day grace period, you should renew your driver's license; some entities may not recognize the grace period. You may renew your driver's license 30 days before its expiration date. If you demonstrate a good cause exists to renew earlier, you may renew your driver's license up to one year before the expiration date. You must pass the vision screening each time you renew your license.
Watch videos to learn more about Iowa’s
transition from a five- to eight-year
driverís license renewal process.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, and continuing through Dec. 31, 2018, Iowa will transition from a standard five-year license term to an eight-year license term. During this time, Iowa driver's licenses will be issued with a randomly assigned expiration date between five and eight years, as shown in the chart below.
Expiration dates will be limited according to age as shown in the chart below.
|Younger than 17 years and 11 months||Two years|
|Older than 17 years and 11 months through 66 years||Five to eight years
|67 years||Five to seven years
|68 years||Five to six years
|69 years||Five years
|70 years||Four years|
|71 years||Three years|
|72 years||Two years|
|73 years||Two years|
|74 years and older||Two years|
Iowa nonoperator's ID cards will be issued with an expiration date of eight years.
Licenses issued to persons under the age of 18 or persons who are temporary foreign nationals are not eligible for licenses with an expiration date between five and eight years. These individuals will be issued driver’s licenses with shorter renewal periods set by Iowa law.
Receive an email reminder to renew your driver's license or identification card.
To assist Iowans gather the necessary documents, there is a list of acceptable documents available on the Internet (Proof of Identity), or you can call 515-244-8725 to listen to a recorded message.
Iowa law also provides for an extension to dependents of active military personnel. This extension is valid for five years from the expiration date of the license. A copy of the dependent's military identification must accompany the written request.
A request for an Extension for Military Service may be faxed or mailed to:Office of Driver Services
Iowa Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 9204
Des Moines, Iowa 50306-9204
Honorably discharged veterans are eligible to have a “veteran” designation placed on their driver’s license or nonoperator identification (ID).
The veteran designation is a completely voluntary initiative designed to assist Iowa veterans. There are thousands of businesses throughout Iowa and the United States, including restaurants, hotels and even home improvement stores that give discounts to veterans. Some of those businesses require proof of veteran status. The veteran designation on a driver's license or ID card allows you to be quickly identified as a veteran, eliminating the need to carry official military papers for these purposes.
To be authorized to get the veteran designation placed on your driver's license or ID card, you must first present a copy of your DD 214 or applicable discharge document to your county Veterans Affairs office. That office will confirm your veteran status and complete the required Iowa DOT application form. Take the completed form with you to any driver's license issuance location. The veteran designation will be added to your driver's license or ID card when it is issued.
If you are applying for a new license or ID or are renewing a previous one, all usual fees apply. If you are requesting a duplicate or adding the veteran’s designation to your current DL or ID, there will be a fee of $10.
To expedite the authorization process, you can also bring a completed Iowa DOT application form with you to the county VA office, along with your DD 214. The application form must be certified by the County Veterans Affairs Office or the Iowa Department of Veteranís Affairs. Find a County Veterans Office near you..