Information on Iowa driving law and Iowa traffic laws...
Driving on Iowa's streets and roads is a privilege many drivers take for granted. That privilege can be taken away if you abuse it by violation Iowa traffic laws. Protect your driving record by operating your motor vehicle according to Iowa driving law and rules of the road.
The Office of Driver Services in Des Moines keeps track of your license and your driving record. Your driving record shows all traffic violations and traffic accidents.
The Office of Driver Services tries to make sure only safe, responsible persons are driving on Iowa's roads. If you have too many accidents or traffic violations, your driving privileges may be limited or taken away.
Any existing license will be canceled if it should not have been issued in the first place.
A moped permit will be canceled if you are convicted of a moving traffic violation. After 30 days, you may be able to get your permit back by passing a knowledge test.
In accordance with Iowa driving law, your license can be suspended for several reasons. These reasons include:
In any of these cases, you may request a hearing to talk about your suspension. Failure to pay child support or to satisfy debts owed to the state may result in suspension without the opportunity for a hearing.
The DOT can suspend your minor’s restricted license or minor’s school license for conviction of just one violation of Iowa driving law. If you are convicted of two or more violations of Iowa traffic laws, your license will be revoked for at least one year.
It is important to note that under Iowa driving law a suspension or revocation of a minor’s restricted license or a minor’s school license also suspends or revokes your instruction permit and/or other driving privileges you hold.
In accordance with Iowa driving law, your license will be taken away for any of the following violations of Iowa traffic laws:
Under Iowa driving law, you may be ruled a habitual offender if you are convicted of three or more certain violations of Iowa traffic laws in a six-year period. Your operating privileges may be barred in accordance with the following point system:
Conviction - Points
Points - Length of Bar
Another way you may be considered a habitual offender is if you are convicted of six or more moving violations within two years. If the six moving violations include speeding, the speeds must be at least 15 mph over the legal speed limit.
In accordance with Iowa driving law, this may result in you being barred from operating a vehicle for one year. IF YOU ARE CAUGHT DRIVING AFTER BEING BARRED AS A HABITUAL OFFENDER, YOU CAN BE IMPRISONED FOR AS LONG AS TWO YEARS.
In accordance with Iowa driving law, a moving traffic violation involves any Iowa traffic law violation except those involving:
To get your driving privilege back after a suspension or revocation for a violation of Iowa driving law you must go through a reinstatement process which may include passing required tests and paying appropriate fees.
Under Iowa driving law, if your driving privilege is taken away, you may have to show future proof of financial responsibility.
If your license is suspended or revoked due to a conviction(s) of Iowa driving law or for reasons relating to financial responsibility, you will have to pay a $200 civil penalty prior to reinstatement. However, for persons age 19 or under, the civil penalty will be $50.
Traffic violations in other states apply to your Iowa record. Under Iowa driving law, if you are convicted in another state and the offense is grounds for suspension or revocation in Iowa, your license may be suspended or revoked.
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