What Does The Iowa MVD Do?

The Iowa Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) handles all services for drivers in the state, including driver licensing and ID card applications and renewals; vehicle titles, registrations, and renewals; and driving records. The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for boat registration in Iowa.

When you move to Iowa, you must exchange your driver’s license and apply for a vehicle registration within 30 days of establishing residency in the state. Vehicle inspections are not required to be eligible to register your car in Iowa, though an agent may perform a VIN check on your vehicle when you apply.

The MVD also has specific information geared toward its military and veteran residents and non-residents, in order to accommodate the unique circumstances that military service brings. Non-residents stationed in Iowa are not required to get an IA license or registration while serving in the state.

Online and Third-Party Services

The Iowa MVD’s online services include:

Vehicle registrations and renewals lie with your county treasurer, many of which allow you to renew online. Find your county treasurer to see if that’s an option for you.

You can access many licensing forms and vehicle forms online. You can also access the Iowa Driver’s Manual online, in addition to the Motorcycle and Commercial driver handbooks. Looking to study for your license exam? The MVD offers an online practice test to give you the extra prep you need.

The MVD partners with third-parties to conduct services including driver education, motorcycle training, and CDL skills tests.

Contact Information

Driver & Identification Services

Iowa Department of Transportation

P.O. Box 9204

Des Moines, IA 50306

Phone: (515) 244-8725

Office of Vehicle Services

P.O. Box 9278

Des Moines, IA 50306

Phone: (515) 237-3110

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