Iowa drivers may have a pleasant surprise when they renew a driver’s license after Jan. 1, 2014. New legislation allows the Iowa Department of Transportation to transition from driver’s licenses that are valid for five years to driver’s licenses that are valid for eight years, saving customers time and money.
Not everyone who steps through the doors of a driver’s license issuance site or logs on to https://mymvd.iowadot.gov will receive an eight-year license during this transition period. Mark Lowe, director of the Iowa DOT’s Motor Vehicle Division, said, "The transition will occur over the next five years, from 2014 through 2018. During that time, the Iowa DOT’s issuance system will randomly assign customers five-, six-, seven-, and eight-year licenses designed to equally spread renewal volumes over an eight-year period."
The yearly fee for licenses will not change. The basic yearly fees remain $4 per year for a noncommercial license, $8 per year for a commercial driver’s license, and $2 per year for a motorcycle endorsement.
As required under the new legislation, a license issued to a customer younger than 72 cannot exceed the customer’s 74th birthday. At age 72, licenses shift to two-year renewal periods.
Licenses issued to minors and persons who are temporary foreign nationals are not included in the transition. They have shorter renewal periods set by other statutes.
Identification cards will not be included in the phased-transition. All identification cards issued after Jan. 1, 2014, will be valid for eight years and the fee will be $8.
For additional information or to watch an overview presentation about Iowa driver’s license types and fees, visit Iowa DOT’s website at: www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ods/types.htm.