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Driver's License


Driver's license services are available by appointment only.  This includes renewals, state-issued ID's, address changes, all testing, Real ID's, etc. 

View hours and testing information for driver's licenses.

Hours & Locations

Renew your license 30 days before or 60 days after your birthday. If your license has been expired for over one year, full testing (computer and skills) are required.


Renewals |  8:00 am – 4:00 pm (last appt. at 3:45 pm)
Computer Test | 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Skills Driving Test | by appointment only on Tuesday mornings
    - Skills tests can be scheduled after passing the computer exam
    - No motorcycles or CDL skills testing in Marion County.  You may Contact a state DOT station to find a motorcycle or CDL testing location.

Book an Appointment


Renewals | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (last appt. at 3:45 pm) on Wednesdays only at the Pella Community Center, Room 200 (712 Union Street)
Computer Test | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Wednesdays only
Driving Skills Test | No driving tests in Pella

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Permit Test Requirements

School Permit Requirements


Renewals are $4 per year for basic renewals. Motorcycle endorsements are an additional $2 per year.

  • Renewal Requirements
    • 8-year renewals | 18 to 72-year-olds
    • 7-year renewals | 73-year-olds
    • 6-year renewals | 74-year-olds
    • 5-year renewals | 75-year-olds
    • 4-year renewals | 76-year-olds
    • 3-year renewals | 77-year-olds
    • 2-year renewals | 78-year-olds and older

Payment Options

  • Cash
  • Check made out to Treasurer, State of Iowa
  • Debit/credit cards for an additional $1.50


Bring your social security card or number to prove your identity at your appointment. Duplicates cost $10.

Identification Cards

  • In Iowa, you can have an ID card or a driver's license; you are not allowed to have both. 
  • Iowa nonoperator's ID cards will be issued with an expiration date of eight years.


Commercial Drivers Licence (CDL)

CDLs are $8 per year. If you have the hazmat endorsement, testing is required at renewal time. Every five years, fingerprints and background checks are required as well. More information can be found on the Iowa DOT website.

If you have a CDL you must certify if you are interstate or intrastate. Intrastate includes using your CDL only within the state of Iowa while interstate is using your CDL while outside of the state of Iowa. If you certify as interstate you will need the following:

Failure to comply within the required timeline will result in a downgrade of your CDL. 

Reminder! CDL holders must bring in their birth certificate, passport or INS document to renew if they don’t have a Real ID.

REAL ID Requirements

  • Deadline: May 2023
  • Typical documents needed (you will need all three):
    • Identity
      • Birth certificate or valid passport
    • Social security
      • Card or 1099/W-2 with full number listed on document
    • Residency
      • Two pieces of mail
    • You may also need proof of legal name change, if applicable
  • $10 if not at renewal time

Iowa DOT REAL ID Info    View REAL ID flyer

Address Change

In-state address changes cost $10 and can be done through a verbal address update. If from out of state, please visit the Iowa DOT website for more information.

New to Iowa?

Learn how to get an Iowa driver's license:

  • If you have the REAL ID in the state you’re moving from, you will need to bring:
    • Proof of identity (passport, birth certificate, INS documents)
    • Proof of social security (social security card, anything listing your full social security number or social security number affidavit for driver's license or identification card services)
    • Proof of residency x 2 (2 pieces of mail)
  • If you do not have the REAL ID on your out of-state-license, you will need to bring:
    • Proof of identity (passport, birth certificate, INS documents)
    • Proof of social security (social security card, anything listing your full social security number or social security number affidavit for driver's license or identification card services
    • Proof of residency x 2 (2 pieces of mail)
    • If your legal name has changed, you will need to bring in your certified legal name change documents (i.e. certified marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.).


For more information about drivers licensing, please check out our frequently asked questions section. 

Driver's License FAQ

For additional forms, please check out the online forms. 

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