Check your driver’s license and vehicle registrations.

If Gov. Kim Reynold’s COVID-19 disaster emergency proclamation expires June 25, deadlines for renewal of licenses and vehicle registration will again take effect.

The governor’s COVID-19 proclamation, which took effect March 16, included several temporary provisions related to driver’s license validity and expiration. Unless she extends the proclamation for a third time, those temporary provisions will end next week.

Driver’s license renewal

Beginning June 26, if the proclamation is not extended, every noncommercial Iowa driver’s license will be subject to its regular expiration date, even if it expired during the disaster emergency.

The 60-day grace period also resumes that day. This means any noncommercial driver’s license that expired on or before April 26 immediately will be invalid for driving purposes on June 26. For example, if your license expired April 27, you will have one valid day left.

The Jackson County Courthouse reopened June 2. Because many Iowa courthouses remained closed to the public because of the pandemic, Gerlach said she expects Jackson County’s driver’s license station to be extra busy.

Given the increased need for service, the Jackson County Treasurer’s Office is taking appointments for the driver’s license office only. Walk-ins will not receive service. Make an appointment by calling (563) 652-2617. The driver’s license station is open 8:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday by appointment only.

The driver’s license station already has appointments booked into July, Gerlach said.

Priority is given to CDL drivers and others whose livelihood depend on driving, the treasurer said.

CDL drivers whose license expired between Jan. 16 and Feb. 29 will not be able to drive with their current license as of June 25 or the end of the proclamation. They were notified that their license extended through the duration of the pandemic and only for driving in Iowa.

Online license renewal remains an option for those who are eligible.  Eligibility requirements include being age 18-69, being an Iowa resident, already having a valid license, and more. For a full list, visit the Iowa Department of Transportation’s website. Eligible drivers received a postcard in the mail encouraging them to renew online, thereby reducing the number of in-person transactions to be scheduled.

Commercial driver’s licenses (CDL), minor’s licenses, instruction permits, and work permits cannot be renewed online.

Some drivers are not eligible to renew their license online. Drivers whose license expired between March 16 and June 25 are encouraged to apply for a six-month extension of their driving privileges, Gerlach said. 

Until further notice, the driver’s license station will administer knowledge tests but not driving tests, Gerlach said.

Vehicle registrations

Vehicle registrations also are affected by the governor’s disaster emergency proclamation.

People who purchased a vehicle or moved into Iowa between March 16 and June 25, or the end of the proclamation, must apply for a title and registration by July 28 to avoid paying a penalty.

Those who were issued temporary license plates by a dealer between March 16 and June 25 must affix permanent plates by Aug. 10 to avoid paying a penalty.

Residents whose vehicle registration expired between Jan. 31 and June 30 have until July 31 to renew their registration without paying a penalty.