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Permit to drive for an inspection

A vehicle needing to be inspected by an Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement investigator must be brought to an Iowa DOT inspection facility. All vehicle inspections are conducted by appointment only on specified days and locations throughout Iowa. Unregistered vehicles may be driven or towed to the inspection facility, but the operator must have an Affidavit to Operate a Vehicle for Inspection completed and carried in the vehicle. To schedule an inspection or to obtain an Affidavit to Operate a Vehicle for Inspection from other than this website, contact the Iowa DOT's Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement at 866-908-4636 or invmve@dot.iowa.gov.

Salvage vehicle inspections are conducted by local or county law enforcement officers. Please see the salvage vehicle Web page for information on salvage vehicle inspections.