IOWA ONLINE DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSES
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Most drivers use the 1-hour version to get their defensive driving discount
Choose the 6-hour version to meet specific insurance requirements
No Hidden Fees
You get our full safe driving course, with fully narrated video, for one affordable upfront price. No surprises. No add-on charges
Certificate of Completion
Receive a certificate of completion by email immediately after you successfully complete the course.
We’re ready to travel with you! Our mobile-friendly course is available online 24/7, wherever you are. Learn from the safety of your home.
You may be eligible for a defensive driving discount after completing our course. Contact your insurance agent to verify that you qualify.
Enjoy Key DriveSafe Online Defensive Driving Course Advantages:
- 100% online for safety and convenience
- Best content—Lowest price—Greatest value
- One price means no hidden fees
- Works on your phone, tablet, and computer
- Pause/Stop/Start controls to fit your schedule
- May be completed at once or in short sessions over multiple days
- Completion certificate emailed immediately after passing
- No-risk money-back guarantee
- Only $24.95 with no hidden fees
Select the Most Engaging Iowa Driver Improvement Program
DriveSafe Online driver improvement courses take a cinematic approach to teach driver safety. We bring your driver’s manual to life with full-screen videos, drone footage, interactive scenarios, and animated graphics. Our Iowa Defensive Driving course is entertaining and easy to take.
Watch on your computer, tablet, or phone. Anywhere, anytime. And don’t worry if you need to step away—all DriveSafe Online driver improvement programs have built-in content breaks.
Think of these breaks as rest stops on the open highway. Take a break. Stretch your legs. Get refocused. When you are alert, you will have an easier time remembering the important material.
Our award-winning innovative design has redefined what driver education courses look like. That’s why it’s the best course Iowa drivers can take.
Cruise Through at Your Own Pace
Take our online course at the speed that works best for you. Maybe you’re the type who likes to finish in a single session, or maybe you prefer lots of breaks for snacks. With no course timers, you can complete the course on your own schedule.
DriveSafe Online May Help with Your Traffic Ticket
If you have received a traffic ticket, you may be eligible to have it dismissed simply by passing a DriveSafe Online course and paying any required fines. Start by asking the court where your ticket was issued if you qualify. Keep in mind that laws and regulations regarding the use of online defensive driving courses can vary from court to court. Before you take any online driving course, be sure to ask the court contact handling your traffic violation if the course meets their requirements for ticket dismissal, deferral, or diversion.
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DriveSafe Online’s Iowa Defensive Driving Courses can save you hundreds of dollars on your auto insurance. The savings last for three years once you complete the course.
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If you complete our course for a defensive driving discount and are unable to receive one from your insurance provider, you’ll get a full refund of your course fee. Always check with your agent beforehand to make sure your insurance company offers a defensive driving discount and that you are eligible for savings.
If you have questions, we have answers! It’s easy to register and convenient to complete our course, but our friendly customer support is always available if you have any questions.
You Will Love These Iowa Defensive Driving Program Benefits:
- Earn a defensive driving discount to save money on car insurance
- Refresh and improve your driving skills
- Become a safer driver
- Get the best value online! Receive all video course content, all practice quizzes, the final exam, and your completion certificate for only $24.95
Frequently Asked Questions:
Getting an Iowa Driver License
The state of Iowa uses a graduated licensing procedure for new drivers under the age of 18.
Upon reaching the age of 14, new drivers may apply for an instruction permit, which is designed to allow the driver to practice with adult supervision. In order to earn a permit, the driver must pass vision and knowledge tests and have consent from a parent or guardian. The new driver must also provide the appropriate forms of documentation required for a driver’s permit. Iowa has a documentation website that walks you through a series of questions to determine what documentation is required.
There are no restrictions on hours that a driver with an instruction permit can drive, but there are restrictions on passengers and the use of electronic devices while behind the wheel.
At 14 ½ years of age, Iowa drivers who hold an instruction permit can apply for a Minor School License that will allow them to drive unsupervised to and from their educational center. The driver must complete an Iowa-approved driver education course, live more than one mile from their education center, and have a clean driving record for the six months prior to applying for the Minor School License. Applicants must also present completed affidavits from their parent or guardian and school. The Minor School License has restrictions on passengers and electronic devices. It may not be used for the driver to drive to work. Note that the Minor School Permit is optional; it is not required to advance from an instruction permit to an intermediate license.
Drivers who have reached the age of 16, have completed an Iowa-approved driver education course, and have completed a minimum of 20 hours of supervised driving are eligible to apply for an intermediate license. Applicants must have held a permit or Minor School License for at least 12 months and have a clean driving record for the six months prior to applying. Parental or guardian permission is required for the intermediate license. Intermediate license holders can drive at any time with adult supervision, or between the hours of 5:00 am and 12:30 am without supervision.
At the age of 17, Iowa drivers are able to apply for a full license if they have held an intermediate license for at least 12 months, with a clean driving record for at least 12 months prior to applying for the full license. They must also have completed 10 hours of supervised driving, with two of those hours completed between sunset and sunrise.
After turning 18, new drivers can apply for a full license without meeting these additional requirements. Appointments can be scheduled online at the Iowa DOT website.
Iowa License Renewal
Iowa drivers have three options for renewing driver’s licenses: online, in-person, or at a kiosk.
Online renewal can only be completed if you meet the requirements. Once you have verified that you meet the requirements, visit the Iowa DOT online renewal page to complete the process. Your new license will arrive by mail within 21 days of completing the online renewal.
Iowa also has over 100 issuance sites for in-person driver’s license renewal. You can view a map of these service centers and find a listing by county on the Iowa DOT website.
Kiosks are located around the state at a variety of public offices and private business. A full listing of these sites can be found on the Iowa DOT website.
Iowa REAL ID
Do you fly commercially? Or visit federal property? Beginning October 1st, 2021, a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license will be necessary to board domestic flights and access federal property, such as military bases and government offices. Iowa is converting all licenses and IDs to REAL IDs at the time of renewal. Additionally, all new licenses are REAL ID-compliant. The REAL ID has a gold star in the upper right-hand corner.
Whether you are converting an existing license or getting a new, REAL-ID compliant license, the process is the same. Make an appointment to visit an Iowa driver’s service center and present documents that prove your identity, date of birth, social security number, legal or authorized status, and Iowa residency. The Iowa DOT website can help you understand the documentation you need to bring with you.
How to Get an Iowa Insurance Discount
Auto insurance companies may offer a defensive driving discount to eligible Iowa drivers. The terms and amount of savings may vary from provider to provider. Please contact your insurance company to find out if you are eligible to submit our course completion certificate for a discount.
Iowa Motor Vehicle Division
The Iowa Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is the official government office that provides Iowa driver’s licenses and state identification cards. This office is a division of the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT). Whether you’ve earned your first driver’s license, need to renew your existing license, or you simply have questions about Iowa traffic laws and regulations, the Iowa MVD is the resource for all your driving-related needs.
25 Years of Training Experience
DriveSafe Online® defensive driving courses are developed by the same award-winning eLearning team trusted by top companies around the world to train millions of people.
Some of our clients and partners include Oracle, Hyatt, Cessna, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo and Georgia-Pacific. We have been creating online courses since 1994. In fact, we helped develop many innovative standards you see in online courses today.
Simply put, we know what it takes to create online courses that are interesting, fun to take and actually help you learn.
Our work has earned multiple awards for:
- Best content
- Best advance in technology
- Best innovation
Now our team is focused on revolutionizing online driver education.
DriveSafe Online courses merge unique graphics and animations, interactive scenarios with narrated stories and video demonstrations—including in-car and drone footage—to deliver safe driving information like no other online defensive driving course available today.
Our mission is to develop a better way to help you:
- Save money on your auto insurance
- Meet court-ordered driver improvement plans
- Dismiss traffic tickets or reduce points
- Reinforce your driver road knowledge
- Become a safer driver
The way we see it, we all share the same streets and highways. If we each take the time to do our part to understand driving laws and regulations, improve our driving performance, and be courteous to other drivers, the roads will be safer for everyone to enjoy.
Drive smart. Drive confident. And always, DriveSafe.