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  • Motor Vehicle Division Transportation Services

    Agency: Iowa Department of Transportation

    Services include:

    Licenses and Permits: Des Moines driver's licenses, motorcycle licenses, chauffeur's license photo identification ($5) and permits for commercial licenses are obtained at this site. The Iowa driver's license knowledge examination is printed in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hmong, Italian, Korean, Laotian, Polish, Portugese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Persons may consult with their local driver's license examiner if special translation arrangements are needed.

    REAL ID can be obtained at the DOT office in Ankeny. Beginning October 1, 2020, TSA will require that you show a REAL ID-compliant license or ID to go through airport security. The REAL ID will also allow entrance into Federal or nuclear facilities. Documents required include proof of identification (official birth certificate with a seal, valid U.S. passport or most recent U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services immigration or refugee document), proof of social security number (social security card or W-2/1099), proof of residency (2 items showing your name and address where  you live, no PO boxes e.g. utility bill, credit card bill statement, pay stub), proof of any legal name changes (marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order under petition for name change). 

    ONLINE RENEWAL system allows U.S. citizens to view their driving record and renew their license online (must be under 70-years-old, have a valid driver's license,not have any medical/vision conditions that may impact ability to drive, have same address and name) https://mymvd.iowadot.gov.

    Accident Reports should be mailed to Office of Driver Services, Motor Vehicle Division, P.O. Box 9204, Des Moines, IA 50306-9204.

    HIGHWAY HELPER, call 9-1-1
    COMMERCIAL VEHICLE INFORMATION - 800-925-6469 (toll free in Iowa)
    TRUCK PERMITS - 515-237-3264
    PUBLIC TRANSIT - 515-239-1875 or www.iatransit.com
    AVIATION - 515-239-1691 or www.iawings.com
    RAIL - 515-239-1052 or www.iowarail.com
    BICYCLISTS - 515-239-1713 or www.iowabikes.com
    MULTI-USE TRAILS - 515-233-7733 or www.iowabikes.com
    WATERWAYS - 515-239-1653 or www.dot.state.ia.us/barge.htm



    • Iowa Department of Transportation - Motor Vehicle Division
      Main Phone Information: (515) 244-1052
      Disability ID Device: (515) 237-3110
      Driver's License Information: (515) 244-8725
      Fax: (515) 237-3152
      Toll-Free: (800) 532-1121
      6310 Southeast Convenience Boulevard
      Ankeny, IA 50021
      Directions



    Agency: Iowa Department of Transportation

    Languages Available: English

    Fees: Varies, call for details

    Intake: Call or walk in for services

    Eligibility: Iowa residents of legal driving age

    Documents Required: ID, DL, SS card, Birth certificate, green card or passport (need 2 forms of ID)

    Hours: Mon closed, Tue-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm, Sat 8 am-1 pm

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