Iowa DOT News Release

Ryan Ridout sworn in to lead Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement

Posted on: May 14, 2021

Ryan_RidoutAMES, Iowa – May 14, 2021 – Ryan Ridout was sworn in today as the new Chief of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Enforcement, the agency’s law enforcement organization dedicated to highway safety with a focus on commercial motor vehicle traffic.

In his new role as Chief of Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Ridout will oversee a team of 99 certified peace officers and three support staff.

Ridout sworn in as MVE Chief
Iowa DOT Director Scott Marler (left) and Laura Ridout (right) participated in a ceremony today to swear in new MVE Chief Ryan Ridout.

Ridout said, “Promoting safety is a core value for Motor Vehicle Enforcement and I am excited to have a direct impact in this area. Our officers help provide for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods on Iowa’s roadways. It is our job to make life better for others and I look forward to working with all state, local, and federal partners to continue to have a positive impact with that as a focus.”

Most recently, Ridout served the Iowa DOT as the Director of the Bureau of Investigations and Identity Protection. He has been with the State of Iowa for 22 years, beginning as a youth services worker with the Iowa State Training School for Girls in Toledo. He moved to the Iowa DOT in 2003 as a Motor Vehicle Officer, where he served until 2009 when he transitioned to a Motor Vehicle Investigator. He was promoted to deputy director of the Bureau of Investigation and Identity Protection in 2017 and then to director of that bureau in 2018.

Ridout replaces former Chief David Lorenzen who was recently named Director of the agency’s Systems Operations Division.

Ridout and his wife, Laura, live in rural Tama County with their five children.


Contact: Ryan Ridout at 515-237-3260 or

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