Iowa Practice Permit Test

Headed to the State Fair? You’ll need to pass your Iowa permit test first. Passing the test is a breeze as long as you’re prepared, and using our Iowa permit practice test is a great way to start.

Our practice exams are designed to mimic what you’ll see on the real exam, so you know exactly what to expect on test day. You’ll come out feeling more confident, and ready to take on any Iowa road signs you encounter.

We provide full answer explanations for every question, so you’ll never wonder why you got a question wrong. Answer some questions below to get started.

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Iowa Permit Practice Tests

Take a free Iowa DOT practice test below. We do not require any registration and our tests are 100% free. Take each practice test below and use the answer explanations at the end of each exam to learn more.

Iowa Road Signs

If you want to focus just on road signs, take our Iowa road signs practice test below. You will be quizzed on Iowa road signs that you may see on your actual exam.

About the Iowa Permit Test

The Iowa permit driving test is made up of 25 total questions. Of those 25 questions, individuals will need to answer 20 of those questions correctly to pass the exam. This comes out to a minimum passing score of 80%.

Individuals must be at least 14 years of age to take the Iowa permit test. You can expect to follow these steps before and after taking the Iowa permit test:

  1. Apply for your permit in person
  2. Provide proper documentation
  3. Get parental consent
  4. Pass vision test
  5. Pass knowledge test
  6. Pay the fee ($6)
  7. Get your permit

Documentation Required

When applying for your permit at the Iowa DOT, you will need to provide proof of your name, age, and address. Typical documents you can use include:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport
  • Social Security Card
  • 1099 Form, W2 Statement or Paystub
  • Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship

Please be sure to check the Official Iowa DOT Site for complete details.

In addition, you will typically need to have a parent or guardian present if you are under the age of 18.

After you receive your learners permit, you will need to complete some general requirements to get your full driver’s license. In the state of Iowa, you will need to complete 30 hours of drivers ed classroom hours and at least 20 hours of supervised driving hours.

Iowa Driving Test FAQs

There are a total of 25 questions on the Iowa permit test.

For the IA written test, you must answer at least 80% of the questions correctly, which comes out to a total of 20 questions

You may apply for a permit in Iowa when you are at least 14 years old.

You can get your license in Iowa when you have waited at least 12 months after you received your permit.

You can get your license in Iowa when you have had the following supervised driving time: 20 hours, 2 of which must be at night .

The minimum age for a driver’s license in Iowa is: 16 

In Iowa you will have the following restrictions on your driver’s license –

Nighttime Restrictions: 12:30 a.m. – 5 a.m.

Passenger Restrictions: parental discretion 21.

Iowa requires a certification of 10 additional hours of supervised driving during the intermediate stage, two of which must be at night.

In Iowa, driver education is required for an intermediate license and for an unrestricted license if the applicant is younger than 18.

In Iowa, parents are permitted to waive at the time of licensure a discretionary six-month passenger limit of no more than one unrelated passenger younger than 18.

Gianni Evangelisti
Gianni has been working in the test prep industry for 6+ years. Gianni has created test prep materials across multiple different exam categories.