Online license renewal goes live
DES MOINES– You can do your banking online. You can pay your bills online. It is even possible in some places to order a pizza via your computer.
And now, you can also renew your Iowa Drivers License.
Gov. Terry Branstad signed House File 355 into law on May 15 authorizing electronic renewal for standard operator (Class C) licenses and identification cards with a few restrictions. Mark Lowe, the director of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Motor Vehicle Division said, “We are looking forward to making the driver’s license renewal process as easy as possible.”
By going to www.iowadot.gov/ and clicking through simple prompts, users will find a short form which asks for: first name, last name, date of birth, the last five digits of your Social Security number and your Iowa drivers license or identification card number. If eligible for online renewal, the user will then be taken to a page to complete the process.
Reasons for ineligibility include: the expiration date is not within 180 days, the previous renewal was done online, the driver is younger than 18 or older than 72, or the driver has restrictions limiting their driving privileges. Applicants must certify under the penalty of perjury that they do not have any physical or mental conditions, which negatively impact their ability to operate a vehicle safely.
IDOT estimates the online option will be eligible to approximately 284,000 Iowans, reduce time spent waiting at an issuance site and save the department nearly $1.2 million in road-use tax funds through increased efficiencies. The online service is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
It is important to note however, online renewal can only be done through the IDOT’s website. Lowe warned of what he called, “imposter sites that are out there trying to take advantage of people.”