For the past year, Iowa drivers have been able to renew their driver’s license or non-operator ID cards online.

In order to renew your license online, persons should go to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) website, From there, you can log in and access your driver’s license account.

This website also allows Iowans to change their address, sign up for an email reminder to renew their license, as well as view what requirements are needed to get a license reinstated. Online renewal can only take place every other renewal time. In between online renewals, persons must go into an issuance site.

To renew your license online, persons must be between the ages of 18 and 69 and you may be unable to renew online if your license had previously been expired or you have certain restrictions.

As a reminder for those obtaining a driver’s license or non-operator’s ID for the first time or needing one marked as REAL ID compliant, the following documents will be needed:

  • A document to identify your date of birth, identity, and citizenship status. This may be a valid and current U.S. passport, a certified copy of a birth certificate, a certificate of naturalization or citizenship, or other legal documentation stating your lawful status.
  • A document that contains your full name and social security number. Other than a social security card, this may be a W-2 form or pay stub.
  • Two documents that contain your Iowa residency and residential address. If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must sign a Parent’s Witten Consent form to document your residency.
  • You must surrender your current driver’s license or non-operator ID, whether issued by Iowa or another state.
  • For more information on the documents that qualify, go to

Once you have presented your documents to the Iowa DOT and received approval, you will receive a temporary card until your actual card is mailed to you within 30 days of application and approval.

As of January 15, 2013, the Iowa DOT began issuing REAL ID cards, which meet federal guidelines for identification cards used for official federal purposes. The REAL ID cards are only different from a standard Iowa license by a star verification mark on the front of the card. The REAL ID cards do not contain any technology that allows for tracking of the user and the REAL ID Act did not establish national data base of identification information.

A standard Iowa license can be used for driving and voting. The REAL ID is needed to board a commercial aircraft, access a federal building that requires identification, or to enter a nuclear power plant. A U.S. passport or other federal identification is also sufficient in those instances.