This Step: Get a Learner Permit
Get a Learner Permit in Iowa
Starting at age 14, Iowa teens can begin the Graduated Driver License (GDL) program (GDL) by getting an instruction permit.
If you are 18 or older, you aren’t required to obtain a permit. You can go straight to Step 5 on getting your IA full driver’s license.
A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Permit Tests
Take multiple online practice permit tests before you head to a nearby Iowa drivers license station to take your written test. Sample test questions cover topics you’ll find on the actual IA learner’s permit exam.
In addition to taking some practice tests, thoroughly study the Iowa Driver’s Manual. That way you will be prepared to pass the actual IA permit test with ease.
B) Gather Required Documents and Iowa Permit Fees
When applying for an instructional permit, teens must be at least 15 ½ but younger than 18 years old and able to provide:
- Written consent from your parent or legal guardian*
- Proof of identity
- Verification of Social Security number
- Proper fees
*You have two options when it comes to providing written consent:
- Your parent/guardian accompanies you to the Iowa drivers license station to sign a consent form before an examiner
- Your parent/guardian signs the Parent’s Written Consent to Issue Privilege to Drive or Affidavit to Obtain Duplicate License Form #430018notary public, and then you can present the completed and notarized form to the examiner (that way your parent/guardian won’t need to go with you to the drivers license station)
C) Take the Iowa Instruction Permit Exam
In addition to taking the written knowledge test, you must also take a vision screening test. Once you pass both, the state will issue you an instruction permit that allows you to practice driving behind the wheel. Valid for four years, your permit will expire on your birthday (with a 60-day grace period to follow).