Driver Handbook in IowaPage Overview
If you're planning to apply for a driver's license, you'll be asked to complete a written exam that tests your knowledge of how to operate a motor vehicle. The best way to prepare for this exam is to review the Iowa Driver's Manual, which is published by the state's Department of Transportation.
In the Iowa Driver's Manual, you'll learn the rules of the road and basic driving safety skills. The handbook also covers the meaning of traffic signs, signals, and road markings, as well as the procedures you'll need to follow to make sure your vehicle is legally registered. Practice questions are included to help you more effectively prepare for the written exam.
If you would prefer a hard copy of the Iowa Driver's Manual rather than a downloaded version, you can pick up a copy from your nearest driver's license station during regular business hours. The downloaded version requires the free Adobe Reader software and works best with a high-speed Internet connection. You can download the entire manual at once or else view one chapter at a time.
The Commercial Driver License Manual covers topics such as safely transporting passengers, carrying hazardous materials, and driving combination vehicles. Readers will also learn about air brakes, basic vehicle control skills, and how to perform a pre-trip vehicle inspection test.
For motorcyclists looking for their first license, or those who need to renew or refresh their skills, the DOT offers a Motorcycle Operator's Manual for your guidance. Learn more at our section for motorcycle riders.Other Topics in This Section