Iowa offers online CDL renewal

October 6, 2021

Land Line Staff

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Commercial drivers with Iowa CDLs can now renew their licenses online.

The new online renewal option is available to all CDL holders, except those who have a hazardous materials endorsement (endorsements H or X) or customers moving from a commercial learner’s permit to a CDL, according to a news release from the Iowa Department of Transportation. Customers who hold a hazardous materials endorsement are required to retake a knowledge test at each renewal, making online renewal not possible.

A CDL holder who intends to operate in interstate commerce (across state lines) and does not meet any of the listed exemptions will be required to have a valid medical certificate on file with the department before renewing a commercial driver’s license online.

Other criteria to renew online are similar to the standards for noncommercial license online renewal, which include:

  • Must be at least 21 but not yet 70 years of age.
  • Must have completed a satisfactory vision screening or report at the last renewal.
  • Must have updated their photo at the last issuance or renewal.
  • CDL must not have been expired for more than one year (366 days or more).
  • Must be an Iowa resident and U.S. citizen.
  • Must not have a DL marked “valid without photo.”
  • Must not be changing name, date of birth, sex, endorsements, or restrictions (except that CDL holders switching their self-certification may add or drop a “K” intrastate-only restriction, depending on their self-certification).
  • Must not be subject to a pending re-examination.
  • Must not have restrictions G (no driving when headlights required), J (restrictions on back of card), T (medical report required at renewal), Q (no interstate/freeway driving), or R (max speed 35 mph).

For more information on online driver’s license renewal, click here.

For information on Iowa CDLs in general, click here. LL

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