Iowa Driver License Information for Seniors

Renewal Cycle

Renewal cycle of 2 years or 4 years at driver's option


Vision screening required.

Vision Tests

20/40 in better eye, with or without corrective lenses; 20/50 in better eye results in restricted license for daylight only; 20/70 in better eye results in restricted license for daylight only up to 35 min./h. Bioptic lenses are NOT permitted to meet acuity requirement.

Special Requirements

At age 70, renewal cycle is 2 years.

Accelerated Renewal

2 years for drivers age 70.



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Additional Information

What to do if you think a Senior should not be driving: Caregiverlist's Safe Driving Checklist

AARP Driver Safety Courses: as car features and driving laws change, this is an effective way to polish up on defensive driving techniques. Visit AARP's website to find a senior driver safety course near you.

If you are having difficulty addressing safe driving with your parents or grandparents or senior loved one, know that you are not the first to have this challenge. We share the humor of South Park with you from this television show's episode, called "Grey Dawn".

Geriatric Care Managers: you may want a third-party senior care professional to assist you with addressing the issue of driving with your senior loved one. Geriatric Care Managers (GCM's) are trained in how to manage issues around aging with seniors and their family members to achieve a positive outcome.