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Driver's license services are available by appointment only.  This includes renewals, state-issued ID's, address changes, all testing, Real ID's, etc. 

* ONCE YOU HAVE THE REAL ID/GOLD STAR LICENSE, YOU DO NOT NEED TO PROVIDE THESE DOCUMENTS AGAIN *

View hours and testing information for driver's licenses.

The following topics are covered in this section:

Hours & Locations 

* Services & Testing

* CDL Information

* Real ID Requirements

* Address Changes

* New to Iowa?

* Concerned about a loved one's safety while driving?

* FAQ

 

Hours & Locations

Renew your license 30 days before or 60 days after your birthday. If your license has been expired for over one year, full testing (computer and skills) are required.

Knoxville:

Renewals |  8:00 am – 4:00 pm (last appt. at 3:45 pm)
Computer Test | 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Skills Driving Test | by appointment only on Tuesday mornings
    - Skills tests can be scheduled after passing the computer exam
    - No motorcycles or CDL skills testing in Marion County.  You may Contact a state DOT station to find a motorcycle or CDL testing location.

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Pella:

Renewals | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (last appt. at 3:45 pm) on Wednesdays only at the Pella Community Center, Room 200 (712 Union Street)
Computer Test | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Wednesdays only
Driving Skills Test | No driving tests in Pella

*** The Pella location does not have a phone.  Please call the Knoxville location for questions ***

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Services & Testing

Permit Test Requirements

  • Birth certificate,
  • Social security card (or completed affidavit by the parent with the number), 
  • Address verification
    • Student report card or other correspondence showing name & address, 
    • Mail - in either the minors name or the parents name (as long as the address is the same), 
  • A parent or legal guardian must be present at the appointment or this Parent Consent Form (Iowa DOT Form 430018) must be completed prior to the appointment.

* We offering computer tests starting at 8:15 a.m. and the last test of the day must start by 3:30 p.m. 

Most school in Marion County offer permit testing through the school system.  If you wish to take the test through your school, inquire further with the school administration.  Once the student passes the test at the school, all the above listed documentation is still required to be issued the permit.  

School Permit Requirements

Intermediate License 

  • Must be at least 16 years old, 
  • Completed and passed Driver's Education, 
  • 1 complete year, 365 days, of having a permit with no accidents or citations,
  • A parent or legal guardian must be present at the appointment or this Parent Consent Form (Iowa DOT Form 430018) must be completed prior to the appointment.

Renewals

Renewals are $4 per year for basic renewals. Motorcycle endorsements are an additional $2 per year.

  • Renewal Requirements
    • 8-year renewals | 18 to 72-year-olds
    • 7-year renewals | 73-year-olds
    • 6-year renewals | 74-year-olds
    • 5-year renewals | 75-year-olds
    • 4-year renewals | 76-year-olds
    • 3-year renewals | 77-year-olds
    • 2-year renewals | 78-year-olds and older

Payment Options

  • Cash
  • Check made out to Treasurer, State of Iowa
  • Debit/credit cards for an additional $1.50

Duplicate/Replacement

Bring your social security card or number to prove your identity at your appointment.  The cost to obtain a duplicate drivers license or identitication card is $10.

Identification Cards

  • In Iowa, you can have an ID card or a driver's license; you are not allowed to have both. 
  • Iowa non-operator's ID cards will be issued with an expiration date of eight years.

 

Commercial Drivers Licence (CDL)

CDLs are $8 per year. If you have the hazmat endorsement, testing is required at renewal time. Every five years, fingerprints and background checks are required as well. More information can be found on the Iowa DOT website.

If you have a CDL you must certify if you are interstate or intrastate. Intrastate includes using your CDL only within the state of Iowa while interstate is using your CDL while outside of the state of Iowa. If you certify as interstate you will need the following:

Failure to comply within the required timeline will result in a downgrade of your CDL. 

NEW:  The Iowa DOT made significant changes to the issuance of commerical drivers licenses starting February 7, 2022.  To gather information about the new requirements in getting a CDL in the state of Iowa, visit the Iowa DOT page: https://iowadot.gov/mvd/cdl/Entry-Level-Driver-Training-ELDT

To determine if you are required to complete entry-level driver training see the ELDT Applicability Fact Sheet.

* We offering CDL computer tests starting at 8:15 a.m. and due to the length of the CDL test(s), the last test appointment will start at 3:15 p.m.  

Reminder! CDL holders must bring in their birth certificate, passport or INS document to renew if they don’t have a Real ID.

REAL ID Requirements

  • Deadline: May 2023
  • Typical documents needed (you will need all three):
    • Identity
      • Birth certificate or valid passport
    • Social security
      • Card or 1099/W-2 with full number listed on document
    • Residency
      • Two pieces of mail
    • You may also need proof of legal name change, if applicable
  • $10 if not at renewal time

*** ONCE YOU PROVIDE YOUR IDENTITY DOCUMENTS TO OBTAIN THE GOLD STAR/REAL ID, YOU DO NOT NEED TO PROVIDE THESE DOCUMENTS IN THE FUTURE ***

Iowa DOT REAL ID Info    View REAL ID flyer

 

Address Change

If you are an Iowa resident and have moved to a new residence, to update the address shown on your drivers license or identification card is $10 and can be done through a verbal address update.

If you have moved to Iowa from another state or country, please see the section "New to Iowa" for more information about the requirements to be issued in Iowa.  You can also inquire more with the Iowa DOT website for more information.

 


New to Iowa?

Learn how to get an Iowa driver's license:

  • If you have the REAL ID in the state you’re moving from, you will need to bring:
    • Proof of identity (passport, birth certificate, INS documents)
    • Proof of social security (social security card, anything listing your full social security number or social security number affidavit for driver's license or identification card services)
    • Proof of residency x 2 (2 pieces of mail)
       
  • If you do not have the REAL ID on your out of-state-license, you will need to bring:
    • Proof of identity (passport, birth certificate, INS documents)
    • Proof of social security (social security card, anything listing your full social security number or social security number affidavit for driver's license or identification card services
    • Proof of residency x 2 (2 pieces of mail)
    • If your legal name has changed, you will need to bring in your certified legal name change documents (i.e. certified marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.).

* Please note, if you plan on transferring your drivers license and motor vehicle records, you will need two appointments; one with drivers license and one with motor vehicle title transfers.  

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Concerned about a loved one's safety while driving?

Please check out the Iowa DOT's resources on aging and safe driving:  https://iowadot.gov/mvd/driverslicense/Retiring-from-driving/Concerned-for-a-loved-ones-safety-when-driving

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For more information about drivers licensing, please check out our frequently asked questions section. 

Driver's License FAQ

For additional forms, please check out the online forms. 

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