Iowa DMV Test Prep

Use the following IA(Iowa) DMV practice tests to study for your DMV permit test, driver’s license test, and/or senior citizens’ refresher test.

Depending on your study style, you can choose to study by individual topics, do a DMV permit test simulation, and/or challenge yourself to the ultimate DMV marathon test that includes all of the test questions for Iowa.

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IA Marathon Test

This test contains all the DMV test questions we have! Don’t say you are ready for the real test until you pass this test with flying colors!


This is our Iowa DMV Test simulator – same passing score and number of questions as the real test, different EVERY TIME you re-take this test.

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IA Alcohol/Drugs

Never drive under the influence! Take this FREE IA permit practice test to learn all about alcohol and drugs while driving, including regulations related to DUI and penalties specific to IA.

IA Intersection

Accidents often occur at intersections. Take this FREE IA permit practice test to learn all about intersections, including right-of-ways, rules, sharing the road, etc.

IA Lane Change

How do you change lanes? Take this FREE IA permit practice test to learn all about lane changes, including right-of-ways, blind spots, and the proper signals.

IA Lights

Traffic lights are signalling devices that control flows of traffic to promote safe driving. Take this FREE IA permit practice test to learn all about traffic lights and what they mean.

IA Parking

Parking is an essential part of driving. Take this FREE IA permit practice test to learn all about parking, including how to park, where to park, and rules of parking.

IA Regulation

Traffic regulations are rules that you must follow to promote safe driving. Take this FREE IA permit practice test to learn all about regulations pertaining to your state.

IA Signal

Signalling is a way to communicate with other road users. Take this FREE IA permit practice test to learn all about signalling rules and hand signals.

IA Signs

How well do you know your traffic signs? Take this FREE IA permit practice test to learn all about different types of traffic signs, what they mean, and how to react to them.

IA Speed

Speed limits are set to promote safe driving. Take this FREE IA permit practice test to learn all about the how fast you can drive on various roadways and in different areas of your state.

IA Symbols

Symbols and colors can tell you a lot. Take this FREE IA permit practice test to learn all about traffic symbols, including where they are used and how to interpret them.

IA Traffic

Traffic is the movement of road users. Take this FREE IA permit practice test to learn all about traffic rules, safe practices, and how to share the road with other road users.

IA Vehicle

Do you know how to operate the lights on your vehicle? Take this FREE IA permit practice test to learn all about vehicle lights, where they are, and when to use them.

IA Other

Driving is not simple. Take this FREE IA permit practice test to learn all other important aspects of driving, including emergency responses and driving exceptions.
Applying for your IA License
What is the minimum age to apply for a driving permit in Iowa?
In Iowa, you may apply for your learner’s permit starting at age 14.
What documents will I need to submit when applying for a driver's license in Iowa?
If it is your first time applying for a license in Iowa, you will need to have:

How do I contact my nearest Iowa DOT office?
Driver’s licenses are issued at local Iowa DOT offices. Here’s a list of Iowa DOT offices.
Getting Ready for Your IA Permit Test
On the Iowa permit test, what will I be tested on?
The permit test is comprised of written questions about Iowa state-specific traffic laws, road signs, and rules of safe driving. The test questions have been created from material found in the Iowa Driver’s Manual and cover a range of topics including vehicle safety responsibility, right-of-way, signals, signs, and markers, parking, stopping, and standing, alcohol and drug impact on the driving ability, and more. In addition to passing the written exam, you will also need to pass a vision screening.
What is the best way to study for the Iowa permit test?
Although the IA driver’s handbookis the source of truth when it comes to writing the Iowa permit test, it can be confusing to study from it. Our FREE IA DMV Practice Tests contain questions that are 100% accurate and based on the driver’s manual. We break down the topics into 13 easy to understand practice tests. Focus on road signs, speeding limits, traffic violations, defensive driving techniques and proper yielding situations. And whenever you answer a question, you tell you WHY on the spot so you won’t make the same mistake again. When you done studying the individual topics, take our FREE IA DOT marathon test and IA DOT permit test simulator to assess your readiness for the real test. Remember, you can take our prep tests as many times as you want until you are 100% ready.
Is driver’s education required in order to get an Iowa learner’s permit?
Yes, if you are under 18, you are required to take a driver’s ed program as part of the graduated driver licensing (GDL) program
Is there a mobile Iowa DOT Practice Test app for my iPhone/iPad and/or android device(s)?
Yes, there is. In fact, our FREE DMV Practice Test app (DMV Hub) has over 2 million downloads to date. We make passing the DMV permit test even easier with features like smart timer and in-app analytical tools that tell you if you are ready to take the real test or not. You can download our app from the App Store or Google Play.
How many questions are on the Iowa DOT Test?
The Iowa permit test consists of 35 multiple choice questions.
What's the passing mark for the Iowa DOT Test?
You must score 28 out of 35 questions correctly to pass the Iowa permit test.
Taking Your IA Permit Test
How do I sign up for my permit test in Iowa?
To sign up for your permit test in Iowa, simply find a local DOT office when you’re ready to apply.
Which DOT office should I go to take my permit test in Iowa?
It doesn’t matter which DOT office you go to, but most people choose to go to a DOT office nearest to them. To find out where the DOT offices are located at, visit the DOT Offices page.
How do I pass the Iowa permit test?
To pass your Iowa permit test, you are expected to know Iowa traffic laws, road signs, and rules for safe driving. All material will be taken from the Iowa Driver’s License manual, which is what our FREE DMV practice test questions are based on. Subjects will cover sharing the road, meaning of road signs, navigating Intersections, speeding consequences, drinking and driving laws.

There are 35 multiple choice questions on the permit test. You need to get at least 80% in order to pass. Remember, You are NOT allowed to use the driver’s handbook during your permit test. You are being tested on your ability to recall the rules of the road. Prepare yourself before you go in and you will see that you can do well without the manual.

Next Steps
I failed my Iowa permit test, what should I do?
If you failed the written test, you study your weak areas and take it again when you’re ready. You may take it again as soon as the next business day.
I passed my Iowa permit test! Now what?

Once you’ve passed your written test, you must hold on to your learner’s permit for at least 6 months. During that time you should be getting plenty of practice from a parent/guardian, immediate family member aged 21 or older or a driving instructor. You must also complete driver’s education.

When can I take my road test?
After getting your learner’s permit, you must wait at least 6 months, during that time you should be practicing driving with a parent/guardian, immediate family member aged older than 21, a driving instructor, or a driver older than 25 with written permission from a parent/guardian.
Who may I have in the car with me while driving in Iowa with a learner's permit?
For the first six months you must have a licensed instructor, licensed parent/guardian, licensed immediate family member aged older than 21 or licensed adult age 25 or older with written permission from a parent/guardian.
New to Iowa
Will I have to pass a road test when I move to Iowa from another state?
No road test is required.
Is my out-of-state learners permit valid in Iowa?
Out-of-state permits are valid in Iowa.
Where do I find more driving-related information when moving to Iowa?
If you have further questions regarding driving in Iowa,  you should visit the Iowa DOT website.

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