Obtaining Your Iowa Temporary Permit

Once you have completed your drivers education course, you will be ready to apply for your Iowa learner's permit.

You will also need to have completed:

  • Driver training certification
  • 24 hours of classroom instruction
  • Eight hours of behind-the-wheel training
  • Held your temporary permit for at least six months
  • MVD maneuverability and driving test

New drivers will need to take the following tests:

  • Vision test
  • Written test
  • Road test

All these requirements must be met before you will be issued your temporary permit.

Iowa temporary permit applicants will be asked to produce specific documents at the Driver's Examination Station.  You can find and download a complete list of these documents here. Drivers must prove that they are who they state they are, their age, and that they are a current resident of the state of Iowa. To do so, drivers need to bring at least one document from each of the following categories:

Primary Documents (proof of full legal name and date of birth):

  • Birth certificate
  • Certified copy of court order
  • Military ID
  • Driver's license/state ID card
  • Concealed Weapons Permit
  • Valid passport

Secondary Documents (must include social security number if not on primary document):

  • Certified copy of court order
  • Credit card
  • Foreign birth certificate
  • Gun permit
  • Employer identification Card
  • Health Insurance Card
  • Internal Revenue Service or State Tax form
  • Medical records
  • Marriage certificate
  • Social security card
  • Student ID card
  • Voter registration card

If the primary or secondary documents do not provide proof of Iowa residency, then drivers will need to provide it with another document, examples include:

  • Insurance policy
  • Bank statement
  • Income tax return filing
  • Certified copy of court order
  • School records
  • Child support check stub
  • Credit card bill
  • Utility bill
  • Pay check stub

Iowa Learners Permit Fees

To receive your temporary permit package you must pay a $22 fee.

Find out more about drivers education in Iowa here.