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Iowa DMV Learner's Permit FAQ

  • When can I apply for a permit in Iowa?

    In Iowa, you can apply for a Learner’s Permit after turning 14 years of age.

  • What are the requirements to get a learners permit?

    After a parent or legal guardian signs your application, you will need to pass a written knowledge test and a vision test to receive your Learner’s Permit.

  • How many questions are on the permit test?

    There are 35 questions on the test.

  • How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

    The number that must be answered correctly can vary and will be indicated on the test you receive.

  • What steps should I take to prepare for the test?

    To ensure you receive your learner’s permit as soon as possible, you should study for the exam. One of the best ways to study is to take multiple online practice exams containing real sample questions from the written knowledge test. Click on the link to test your driving knowledge today by taking an Iowa practice permit test.

  • What percentage of people fail the permit test?

    According to statistics, 50% of first-time test takers will fail the exam. Should you fail, please be aware that many states require you to wait at least a day to retake the exam and many also charge a re-examination fee. To improve your chances of passing the first time, try taking multiple practice exams that have been designed to closely mirror the actual Iowa drivers’ test.

  • How much does the permit test cost?

    The fee is $6.

  • Where do I take the permit test?

    The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) is responsible for licensing drivers. Visit to find an office near you.

  • What documents should I bring on test day?

    Plan to visit the local driver testing office with proper identification and a parent or guardian who will need to sign your application. While at the office you will also need to pass the written knowledge test and a vision test to receive your Learner’s Permit.

The Iowa DMV Learner’s Permit — What You Need to Know

It’s such a great feeling to get your permit as it represents the first time you can really experience the freedom that comes with being a legal driver. And before you know it, you’ll have your driver’s license allowing you go where you want, when you want.

But before the state can issue you a learner’s permit, Iowa’s Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) requires you to first pass the Iowa permit test. This written exam  is designed to test your understanding of the rules of the road, traffic and road signs, safety rules, and Iowa traffic laws.

Make Sure You’re Ready With IA DMV Practice Permit Tests

Did you know that statistics tell us that 1 out of 1 first time test-takers fail the exam?  Why are there so many test failures? Is it lack of preparation or failure to practice? The answer is both.

To help you successfully begin preparing for your permit test, we’ve put together a collection of essential study material on this page.  Here you’ll find top-notch study resources including our free Iowa practice permit test. You’ll also find the official driving manual for Iowa for easy reference. We even provide study resources for those who want their motorcycle permit.

Stop wishing you had your learner’s permit and let our study material help you begin preparing for success.  Take advantage of the study tools now and before you know it, you’ll be enjoying the freedom of the open road.