What to Bring to the Iowa MVD for a Drivers License

Whether you want to plan a road trip to cultural capital Iowa City or cruise along the Mississippi River, you need your Iowa driver license first. And in order to get your driver license, you need to visit your local Iowa Motor Vehicle Division office, also known as the driver license office. Dun-dun-duuun. (It’s not that ominous — promise.)

Road trip views though ....
Road trip views though ….

So what’s up with Iowa MVD? It’s a government-run organization under the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) that manages services like driver license issuance and instruction permit tests. You might have also heard of it referred to as the DMV office or Iowa DMV. S’all the same thing. When you visit the MVD, whether applying for a license or learner’s permit, you’ll have to bring some specific documents to prove your identity. Check out what documents you need below so that you don’t have to make an extra trip!

For an Instruction Permit (Ages 14-17)

  • One document to prove your identity, such as a U.S. passport or certified copy of your birth certificate. For a full list of documents, click here.
  • One document containing your Social Security number, like a Social Security card, W-2 form or pay stub
  • A Parent/Guardian Consent form, signed in front of an MVD agent or notary
  • Fee of $6
Before you can get your instruction permit, you have pass a multiple choice test first. To prep for the exam, be sure to use a permit test prep course! After you take the course, you can head to your local Iowa MVD office, where you’ll present your paperwork and take both the vision test and written exam. Easy. Before you can your driver license, you’ll have to take an approved drivers ed course, hold your learner permit for at least 12 months and get 20 hours of practice behind the wheel. Then you’re ready to go back and take the driving test to get a license!
Go'n ahead and show off that license
Go’n ahead and show off that license

For a Drivers License (Ages 18 and Up)

  • One document to prove your identity, such as a U.S. passport or certified copy of your birth certificate. For more acceptable documents, click here.
  • One document containing your Social Security number, like a Social Security card, W-2 form or pay stub
  • Two documents that establish Iowa residency. The following are acceptable:
    • Iowa voter registration card
    • Proof of Iowa vehicle registration
    • Insurance card
    • Utility or phone bill
    • Bank statement
    • Pay stub
    • For a full list of documents, click here.
  • Fee of $20-32
When you finally get that license
When you finally get that license

If you’re age 18 or older, you still have the option of taking an approved drivers ed course before you get your driver’s license. Once you complete that, you’re free to head to the driver license office to take the eye exam and written test for an instruction permit. After you practice with another licensed driver, you’re ready to go back and take the road test to get your driver license. Yahoo!