School Permit Information
Iowa Department of Transportation
HOW DO I GET A MINOR SCHOOL LICENSE (SCHOOL PERMIT)?
1. Be at least 14 1/2 years old.
2. Complete an Iowa-approved driver education course.
3. Hold an instruction permit and a clean driving record for at least six consecutive months immediately before applying for your minor school license.
4. Live 1 mile or more from the school you are enrolled in, unless a special need exists or you live or work on a farm in Iowa. If you have more than one residence, where you live is the location you reside the majority of the time.
5. If you are a public school student, you must have your school superintendent, principal, or school board chair AND your parent or guardian sign Affidavit for School License (form 430021) available at any driver’s license issuance site or online. If you are a student at an accredited nonpublic school (private school), you must have the authorities in charge of your school AND your parent or guardian sign Affidavit for School License (form 430021) .
6. You may be required to complete a drive test at the driver’s license issuance site, if your driver’s education instructor requires it, or if you completed the Parent-Taught Driver’s Education Program.
7. Once the form is completed, schedule an appointment to bring in the completed form and get your minor school license issued.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A SCHOOL PERMIT?
1. This license allows you to drive without adult supervision between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. for the following:
2. Drive from your home to your school(s) of enrollment for class or school sponsored activities using the most direct and accessible route. Public school students are limited to driving within the school district of enrollment or a contiguous district and accredited nonpublic school students are limited to driving within a 50 mile driving distance. Activities must be at the school(s) you are enrolled in.
3. Drive to a location that is not your school of enrollment to participate in extracurricular activities using the most direct and accessible route. Activities must be within the district of enrollment or in a contiguous (bordering) school district for public school students, or not more than 50 miles driving distance for private school students, and must be held at a site, facility, or school designated for the activity under a sharing agreement between schools or conducted at a site or facility that the school you are enrolled in has designated to accommodate extracurricular activities.
4. Drive to complete farm work to assist your parents, guardians, or employers in connection with any farm employment or farm-related work using the most direct and accessible route, if you live on or are employed by a farm in Iowa. The driving distance between the origin and destination must be 50 miles or less
5. Drive to and from your home to the closest school bus stop.
Stop for fuel while on route or at the closest filling station off route.
6. You may also drive at any time with adult supervision. Adult supervision means your parent, guardian, custodian, an immediate family member at least 21 years of age, a driver education instructor, or a person at least 25 years of age with written permission from your parent, guardian, or custodian. The supervising adult must possess a valid driver’s license.
What you CANNOT do with a SCHOOL PERMIT!
1. Drive to work without adult supervision, unless you live or work on a farm and are driving less than 50 miles for farm-related work.
2. Use a cell phone, smartphone, tablet, or other electronic communication or entertainment device while driving.
3. Carry more than one minor passenger that is not a relative when driving without adult supervision. A relative means someone that is your brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister, or another minor living in your household.
4. Drive to a school that is not your school of enrollment to participate in extracurricular activities if the activities are not in a contiguous (bordering) school district for public school students, or not at a school that is within a 50 mile driving distance for private school students and are not held at a site, facility, or school designated for the activity under a sharing agreement between schools or are not conducted at a site or facility that the school you are enrolled in has designated to accommodate extracurricular activities.
5. Carry more passengers than the number of seat belts in your vehicle, even when driving with adult supervision.
6. Drive a commercial motor vehicle, a vehicle with more than two axles, a vehicle towing another vehicle, or a motorcycle (unless you have a motorcycle privileges).
WHAT IF I MESS UP?
Your license may be suspended if you are convicted of a traffic violation (including, but not limited to, speeding, reckless driving, failure to obey a traffic signal), violate any of the restrictions on your license, or are involved in a crash you caused or contributed to.
- First offense: Your license may be suspended for 30 days and you must pay a fee to reinstate your minor school license.
- Second offense: Your license will be revoked for 30 days and you must pay a fee to reinstate to an instruction permit for six months before you are eligible for a minor school license.
Iowa Department of Transportation