11Jun 2015
Jun 11, 2015

Iowa Teen Drivers

In an effort to save the lives of Iowa’s teen drivers and help them become more responsible drivers, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has initiated a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program. Through this program, teens must reach certain milestones prior to getting a driver’s license. Obtaining a learner’s permit is the first step.

Iowa Learner’s Permit

You must be at least 14 years to be eligible for a learner’s permit. A learner’s permit must be held for more than a period of six months before applying for a driver’s license and it is valid for four years. To apply for your learner’s permit visit your local Driver’s License station and provide the following documents:

  • Proof of identity
  • A document having proof of your Social Security number (SSN)
  • Payment for the $6 fee.

You must be accompanied by your parents or have a written consent from them.
While holding your learner’s permit you must adhere to the following restrictions: you must you’re your learner’s permit at all times while driving, you should be accompanied by a supervising driver who should have a valid driver’s license and be above 25 years.

Iowa Provisional License

You must be at least 16 years to be eligible for a provisional license. You must also meet the following requirements: you must have done a state-approved driver’s education course, you must have had your learner’s permit for the last one year without any violations and you must have completed 20 hours of driving practice, including 2 hours at night. To apply visit your local Iowa Department of Transportation office with: learner’s permit, completed Parent’s/Guardian’s written Consent or your parent/guardian and payment of $8.

While holding your Iowa Provisional License, you can only drive under the following conditions:

  • You can only drive without supervision between 5 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.
  • When you drive between 12:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. you must be supervised by your parent, guardian or family member who is above 21 years and has a valid driver license (you can only drive during these hour without supervision for work or school purposes)