Updated September 2020
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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