New Iowa Driver's License Good for Eight Years

Kim Snook, the Driver Services Field Manager with the Iowa Department of Public Transportation explains some of the new features of a newly designed Iowa driver's license and identification cards at the Driver's License Station in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, October 18, 2005. (Gazette file photo)


By Aaron Hepker

AMES, Iowa — Iowa drivers will be able to get a driver's license starting Jan. 1 that won't expire for eight years instead of five.

Iowa Department of Transportation officials said new legislation is allowing the department to make the change.

Officials said not all drivers will receive the eight-year license immediately.

"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," said Mark Lowe, director of the Iowa DOT's Motor Vehicle Division.

Officials said the yearly fee for licenses will not change: $4 per year for a noncommercial license, $8 per year for a commercial driver's license, and $2 per year for a motorcycle endorsement.

The new license will be issued to those younger than 72, because at age 72 licenses shift to two-year renewal periods.

The 8-year licenses will not issued to minors and persons who are temporary foreign nationals.

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