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    Get a Learner Permit in Iowa

    Starting at 14 years old, Iowa teens can begin the Graduated Driver License (GDL) program (GDL) by getting an instruction permit.

    If you are 18 years old or older, you aren’t required to obtain a permit. You can go straight on to getting your Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa permit test with ease.

    B) Gather Required Documents and Iowa Permit Fees

    When applying for an instructional permit, teens must be able to provide:

    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 4 years, your permit will expire on your birthday.

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