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Online driver’s license and ID renewal unveiled in Iowa

Mason City' driver's license depot
Mason City’ driver’s license depot

(DES MOINES) – Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino III, today unveiled the new online driver’s license renewal system.

Nearly 284,000 Iowa drivers will be eligible to renew their driver’s licenses or identification cards 24-hours a day, seven days a week from any computer or mobile device with a web browser starting today.

“This system was created to give Iowans the flexibility to renew their driver’s license or I.D. when and where it is convenient for them,” said Branstad. “There is no better way for government to serve its citizens than to find efficiencies while at the same time offering quicker service and better access.”

In the interest of public safety and identity security, there are stipulations on who can renew a driver’s license or ID online.  With some exceptions, you will be able to renew your license online if:

  • You have a valid Iowa driver’s license or ID (non CDL).
  • You are at least 18, but younger than 70 years old.
  • Your license or ID has not been expired for more than a year.
  • It is less than 180 days to the renewal date on your current license or ID.
  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You do not have any medical or vision conditions that would impact your ability to drive.
  • You do not need to change the address or name printed on your card.

“The online renewal system supports our administration’s goal of a creating more efficient and effective government,” said Lt. Gov. Reynolds. “As a former county treasurer, it’s exciting to see the use of new technologies and how the new online application supplements the current system.”

“We are committed to making customer’s interactions with the Iowa DOT smarter, simpler and customer driven,” said Director Trombino. “Online renewal is one more service within our myMVD system that helps Iowans take care of needs related to their driver’s license and driving record when and where it is convenient for them. Renewing online also helps reduce congestion at driver’s license stations and county treasurer’s offices, shortening the time spent at renewal locations for those who must renew in person.”

Renewal cards will contain the same photo that is on a customer’s current driver’s license or ID. Customers will only be allowed to renew their driver’s license or ID through the online system every other renewal period. Renewal periods and costs are the same regardless of how cards are renewed.

As with in-person renewal, new cards will be sent in the mail within 30 days of renewal. Customers who renew their driver’s license or ID online should continue to carry their current card until they receive their new driver’s license or ID in the mail. A proof of transaction can be printed and carried with their current card to prove that they have gone through the renewal process.

In addition to online driver’s license and ID renewal, visitors to myMVD  can:

  • Sign up to receive renewal notices electronically.
  • Change a mailing address.
  • Get a copy of a driving record.
  • Find out what is needed to reinstate a license that has been revoked or suspended.
  • Pay civil penalties.

The official Iowa DOT online renewal website can only be accessed at

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