Iowa DOT bans appointments except for essential services

    The Iowa Department of Transportation has extended deadlines for renewing driver's licenses indefinitely for licenses that expired on Jan. 17 or later. (Photo by Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

    The Iowa Department of Transportation will make license appointments through May 1 only for people involved in “essential services.”

    The move was a further tightening of driver’s license processing and other services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Call ahead for an appointment. Visitors will be screened before allowing to enter.

    Examples of “essential services” are commercial driver’s licenses needed for work, or a driver’s license needed for work purposes, legal needs, work on a loan, or school-related activities.

    Gov. Kim Reynolds’ disaster declaration on March 17 postponed driver’s license and ID renewals in general.

    The Transportation Safety Administration is allowing expired driver’s licenses to be used as identification for air travel. The Oct. 1 deadline for obtaining the REAL ID Gold Star has been postponed indefinitely.

    DOT is taking appointment requests for after May 1 for all driver’s license and ID services.


    Perry Beeman
    Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.