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    The Iowa Department of Transportation wants to enable you to become licensed and to practice safe driving and riding habits. To that end, the Iowa DOT's Office of Driver Services has published several manuals for drivers to study before they hit the road.

    Driver's Manual

    In most cases, you will be required to pass a written test to obtain your Iowa driver's license. The best way to prepare for this exam is to study theIowa Driver's Manual.

    Written by Iowa DOT representatives, it covers traffic signs, rules of the road, safe driving tips, and possible sources of driver impairment. The manual also discusses various types of driver's licenses and the penalties for violating certain traffic laws. Short quizzes are provided at the end of each chapter to help you review what you've learned.

    You can obtain a printed copy of the Iowa Driver's Manual from your nearest Motor Vehicle Division office. In most cases, the Motor Vehicle Division is open during regular business hours. No appointment is necessary.

    If your schedule doesn't permit a trip to your nearest driver's license station, you may wish to view the manual chapter by chapter, or else download the complete publication (a larger file).

    The Iowa Driver's Manual is available as a PDF file, so you'll need to have the free Adobe Reader software installed on your computer.

    If English is not your native language, the Iowa Department of Transportation offers supplemental study guides in Bosnian, Albanian, Spanish, Russian, Korean, and Vietnamese. If you have a disability that makes reading difficult, you can call (800) 532-1121 to request an audio DVD version of the manual.

    Motorcycle Manual

    Motorcycle owners must have a license valid for motorcycles to legally operate their vehicles. If you wish to obtain a Class M license, you will need to pass a knowledge test and an on-cycle skill test.

    To prepare for your written knowledge exam, you can study the Iowa Motorcycle Operator Manual. Printed manuals are available at your nearest driver's license station.

    CDL Manual

    The widespread growth of the trucking industry is creating many employment opportunities. Iowa residents who wish to obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL) must complete a knowledge test and a skills test in an appropriate vehicle.

    The Iowa Commercial Driver's License Manual is available in whole or chapter by chapter online. You may also pick up a printed copy at your nearest driver's license station.

    Those seeking a school bus endorsement to their commercial license should also read the school bus study guide and a list of school bus endorsement FAQs.

    Other Publications

    The Iowa DOT has compiled quite a collection of informative publications on a variety of topics, all in PDF format for easy viewing and download. Among them: