Do I have to take a license test or driving test to obtain an IA drivers license? Iowa

Iowa Driver License Test Requirements

To obtain an IA drivers license you must pass three tests: vision, written and driving.

Vision Test

You must have at least 20/40 in at least one eye, with or without corrective lenses. If you prefer testing with a vision specialist, bring a letter from your eye doctor verifying that you passed an eye test within 30 days of applying.

Written Test

To prepare, study the state's drivers manual. All test questions are based on information addressed in the manual, including passing, reading lane markings and road sign identification. You can grab a copy from any DOT location, or by downloading from the DOT website.

You'll also want to take some practice tests, which abound online. A practice test mirrors the actual permit exam in style and content, allowing you to accurately assess if you're test-ready.

Driving Test

Depending on your DOT test site, a driving test appointment may or may not be required. Call ahead for information.

When you arrive for your license test, have:

  • Your permit, if applicable.
  • Another licensed driver.
  • A working vehicle that's legally registered and insured.
If you pass, you'll receive a temporary drivers license. Use until your permanent license arrives in the mail.

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