✅ Updated November 2021

Ultimate guide to transferring your out-of-state driver's license to Iowa

Here's the ultimate guide to transferring your out-of-state license to Iowa. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time. This page is geared toward people who've moved to Iowa but have a driver license from another US state. If you have an international license, visit our Iowa driver's license page.


What You’ll Need to Transfer your Out-of-State Driver License to Iowa

  • Your current out-of-state driver's license
    • Must not be cancelled, suspended, or revoked in any state
  • Proof of identity and date of birth
  • Lawful U.S. presence - (for Non-U.S. born)
  • Name Change documents - if applicable
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Proof of Residency
  • Payment for applicable fees


What You’ll Do to Transfer your Out-of-State Driver License to Iowa

  • Step 1: Visit your local IA DOT Office
    • Submit all the required documents and surrender your out-of-state driver’s license
  • Step 2: Pass a vision test
  • Step 3: Pass a written knowledge test and driving skills test - if applicable
  • Step 4: Pay all the applicable fees


Caveats and Exceptions to Transferring your Driver License in Iowa

  • For minors at least 16 years but less than 18 years, you must meet the licensing requirements
  • If your out-of-state license is still valid, you will be able to obtain an IA driver's license without having to pass the driving and written knowledge tests
  • If your out-of-state driver's license is invalid or has been expired for longer than 1 year, you will need to pass the written test

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