Iowa DOT News Release

Iowa DOT offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Posted on: November 14, 2013

AMES, IOWA – Nov. 14, 2013 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is announcing the Thanksgiving holiday schedules for all business locations, including the Motor Carrier Permit Center and all Iowa DOT-operated driver’s license stations.

All Iowa DOT business locations will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29.

Motor Carrier Services’ permit center 
The Iowa DOT's Office of Vehicle and Motor Carrier Services’ permit center normally open Monday through Friday will resume normal operations at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2.

Because the Office of Vehicle and Motor Carrier Services typically experiences a heavy workload on the day following the holiday, customers are urged to submit applications for oversize permits, especially those weighing more than 156,000 pounds, several days before the permit is needed. 

The Office of Vehicle and Motor Carrier Services, located at 6310 S.E. Convenience Blvd. in Ankeny, is a one-stop source for fuel, trip, and oversize load permits; International Registration Plan (IRP) registration; International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) licensing; and travel authority needed by motor carriers and commercial vehicle operators to operate in Iowa. 

Iowa DOT’s driver’s license stations 
All Iowa DOT driver’s license stations, normally open Tuesday through Saturday, will be closed Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 28-30.

In lieu of Saturday service, the stations will be open Monday, Dec. 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Normal business hours will resume at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3.


Office of Motor Carrier Services at 515-237-3264 or
Office of Driver Services at 515-237-3253 or


Iowa highway in the evening