Driver's Education in Iowa
Most new drivers in Iowa are required to successfully complete a State-approved driver's education program in order to obtain an Iowa driver's license. In fact, for many applicants, the driver's education certificate of completion is part of the actual driver's license application.
WHO MUST TAKE DRIVER'S EDUCATION
- Iowa residents under the age of 17 must hold a learner's permit for a minimum of six months, and also complete a State-approved driver's education program before applying for a new license.
- Iowa residents 17 and older who have never held a license from Iowa or any other US state or foreign country, must complete a State-approved driver's education program or 10 hours of supervised driving (of which only 2 are between sunrise and sunset) before applying for a new license.
WHERE TO TAKE DRIVER'S EDUCATIONDriver's education courses are offered through both public and private school programs, all of which must be approved by the Iowa Department of Transportation. Driving schools, licensed by the Department of Transportation, cover the same course content.
WHAT'S COVERED IN A DRIVER'S EDUCATION COURSEWhile driver's education courses vary from one school to another, all licensed programs must include the following components:
- Thirty hours of classroom hours focusing on issues including 4 hours of alcohol safety and drug abuse awareness, defensive driving, motorcycle awareness, 20 minutes of railroad crossing safety, and organ and tissue donation.
- 6 hours of in-car instruction sessions including 3 hours driving experience behind the wheel (there must be no parental waiver on this time) and 3 hours on simulators.