How to Replace a Lost Iowa Driver’s License

You can replace a lost or stolen Iowa driver’s license online or in person, and you’ll have to pay a $10 free.
Written by Jason Tushinski
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
If your Iowa driver’s license is lost or stolen, fear not—you can either apply for a replacement online or make an in-person appointment with Iowa’s Drivers’ License Issuance site for a replacement. You’ll need to pay a $10 fee for your replacement license.
Losing your driver’s license can be a frustrating experience—after all, you could face tickets, fines, demerit points, and a hike in your insurance premium if you’re caught driving without a valid license.
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How to replace a lost driver’s license in Iowa

There’s no need to panic if you lose your Iowa driver’s license—getting a replacement is usually a very easy process. And it's best to get a replacement as soon as possible, as you can find yourself in serious legal trouble if you’re caught
driving without a license
To apply for a replacement Iowa driver’s license online, do so on the
Iowa Department of Transportation’s site
. But before doing so, you’ll need to meet the following requirements before applying for a replacement online:
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be an Iowa resident and a U.S. citizen
  • Your license must be valid
  • Have no changes to your name, date of birth, sex, endorsements, class type, or restrictions
  • Do not have any of the following restrictions on your license: E, J, G, Q, R, or T
  • You do not have any pending re-examinations scheduled
  • Your current license is not marked “Valid Without Photo”
Your replacement will be mailed to you within 21 days.

Replacing a lost Iowa license in person

To replace your lost driver’s license in-person, you’ll need to head to an
Iowa Driver’s License Issuance site
. Before you go in, schedule an
The $10 fee can be paid by cash, check, money order, Mastercard, or Visa Debit card (Visa credit cards are not accepted).

What if you lose your Iowa license out of state?

If you’re out of state and you lose your Iowa driver’s license, you’ll need to apply for a
Temporary Driver’s Permit (TDP)
. Do note—a temporary driver’s permit is not valid as a form of identification.
You’ll need to include with the application the following information:
  • Your full name
  • Your signature
  • Your driver’s license number or Social Security Number
  • Date of birth
  • Out-of-state address and/or fax number
  • Phone number
  • Email address
You can mail, fax, or scan the form to send it in:
By mail:
  • Iowa Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 9204
Des Moines, Iowa  50306-9204
Telephone: 515-244-8725
By fax:
  • 515-817-6706
By email:

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