Iowa DOT News Release

Iowa DOT helps you remember to renew your driver’s license

Posted on: February 15, 2012

AMES, Iowa – Feb. 15, 2012 – All drivers need to do it, but many forget­ ­­- to renew their driver’s license on time. Now, Iowa licensed drivers can receive an email renewal notification approximately 30 days before their driver’s license is set to expire.

All drivers are responsible for renewing their driver’s license on time. Your license expires on the expiration date printed on the license. The license is valid for driving for an additional 60 days after expiration. After those 60 days, you may be ticketed for driving with an expired driver’s license.

Persons that hold a nonoperator’s identification card rather than a driver’s license may also sign up for a free e-mail renewal reminder.

The renewal reminder is not the only new, free service the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is offering.

  • Have you moved? Has your mailing address changed since you were last issued a driver’s license? Iowa law requires you to notify the DOT of a change in your mailing address within 30 days, and now you can update your mailing address online. (This will only change the mailing address the Iowa DOT or county treasurer will use to mail you official notices regarding your driver’s license, identification card or vehicle registration. You will not be issued a new driver’s license or identification card. If you want a new card, you must appear at any Iowa driver’s license station and pay a $1 fee.)
  • Would you like to know what’s on your your driving record? Take a look online and you can see any convictions, accidents, or sanctions that appear on your driving record.  

It’s simple - sign up for the renewal notification, change your mailing address, if needed, and view your driving record. All you need is a valid email account and Internet access.

To get started, visit the Iowa DOT’s Motor Vehicle Division “myMVD” website at Select “Create an Account” and then follow the instructions to gain access to your account. Scan the QR code below to go to the website. This image can be downloaded by right clicking on it and choosing "save image as." 

MV QR code


Media contact: Kim Snook, director, Office of Driver Services, 515-237-3253 or




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