Iowa driver's license renewal and extensions
Receive an e-mail reminder to renew your driver's license or identification card.
Renewing your licenseYour license expires on the expiration date printed on the license. The license is valid for driving for an additional 60 days after the expiration date. After 60 days from the expiration date, you may be ticketed for driving with an expired license. (If you are a temporary foreign national, you are not entitled to the 60-day grace period.)
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 DL; some entities may not recognize the grace period. You may renew your DL 30 days before its expiration date. If you demonstrate a good cause exists to renew earlier, you may renew your DL up to one year before the expiration date.
You must pass the vision screening each time you renew your license.
Temporary extensionIf you are temporarily out of state and are unable to renew your driver's license in person, you may apply for a temporary extension not to exceed six months. A request for extension must be made within 30 days before or 60 days after the expiration date. The request must also be in writing by mailing or faxing an Application for Temporary Extension of Motor Vehicle License to the Iowa DOT's Office of Driver Services. You must provide an out-of-state address and/or out-of-state fax number.
Temporary extension for military personnelAn extension of operating privileges may be given to military personnel who cannot return to Iowa to renew their driver's license in person. The extension is valid until six months following separation from active duty.
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