Iowa has a graduated driver’s license (GDL) system for drivers under age 18. GDL includes three steps that provide experience to improve driving skills. Click to learn more about the different types of licenses for drivers under age 18 or view the steps needed for the GDL program.
Do you fly commercially?Your driver's license/ID will need a REAL ID gold star in the upper right corner by May 2023, to fly if you don’t have a different TSA-approved identity document like a passport or military ID. The deadline has been extended to May 3, 2023, due to COVID-19.
You will also need a REAL ID gold star to enter a federal building that requires ID or a nuclear facility after May 2023. To get your REAL ID gold star, you will need to visit us in person and bring additional documents with you. Find out more about Real ID.
Has my new license/ID card been mailed?
Your new driver’s license or ID card will arrive in a plain white envelope within 21 days of being processed.
- Make sure to enter your first name in the first box and last name in the second box
- Enter your name exactly as it appears on your license or identification card (e.g. Matthew instead of Matt)
- Be sure to use the LAST 5 digits of your social security number (a common mistake is to use only the last 4)