Are you wondering if you can get your driver's license online? The answer is yes, in some cases. Depending on your state and the type of license you need, you may be able to apply for and receive your driver's license online. During the online process, we will ask you questions. Depending on your answers, we may deny your application and ask you to appear in person at a driver's licensing site.
If you are a student, you must hold the driver's license while driving a motor vehicle and may need to have it translated into English if it is not already in English. Military personnel who are unable to return to their state to renew their driver's license in person may be eligible for an extension of operating privileges. The request must be made in writing by mailing or faxing a Temporary Motor Vehicle License Extension Request to the relevant department. If you are applying for a driver's license in Iowa, you and your test vehicle must be brought to the test site by a licensed driver, unless you can legally drive in Iowa.
There are different types of licenses available, such as a Class M - Motorcycle License which is only valid for driving motorcycles. If you have a permanent residence and a valid driver's license in another state or country, you can drive a motor vehicle on Iowa highways without obtaining an Iowa driver's license. To get a replacement card, go to any driver's license station with your current driver's license or identification card. If you are a foreigner, you can renew your driver's license up to 30 days before the expiration date.
Your license expires on the expiration date printed on the license; however, it is valid for driving for an additional 60 days after the expiration date. To obtain a driver's license or REAL ID identification, go to any driver's license issuance site and provide documentation that proves your identity and date of birth; legal status in the United States; Social Security number; and residence in Iowa. You'll need your current driver's license or identification card and a credit or debit card at your fingertips to complete the process. The intermediate license is the second stage of Iowa's Graduated Driver's License (GDL) system for 16-year-olds. If there is good cause to renew sooner, you can renew your driver's license up to one year before the expiration date.
For more information on the driver's license available to drivers under 18, see the Iowa Department of Transportation website.