AMES – Officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation are alerting drivers to changes instituted to combat the COVID-19 outbreak and to comply with Gov. Kim Reynolds’ decision Tuesday to declare a public health disaster emergency.
If you have a driver’s license that has an expiration date of Jan. 16, 2020, or later, you do not have to renew your license at this time. It will remain valid for driving purposes until the declared disaster has ended.
For vehicle titles, registration and license plates, if your vehicle registration expired Jan. 17, 2020, or later, it will be considered valid until the declared disaster has ended.
If you are purchasing or transferring a vehicle, you will not be required to obtain a title and registration within 30 days, according to DOT officials. This will remain in effect until the declared disaster is over.
If you purchase a vehicle from a dealer, you will not be required to obtain license plates within 45 days. This will remain in effect until the declared disaster is over.
For overweight loads for motor carriers, on non‐interstate roads only, trucks hauling food, medical supplies, cleaning products, or other household goods may exceed state law weight standards by 12.5 percent without a permit so long as the vehicles don’t exceed 20,000 pounds on an individual axle, and their total weight does not exceed 90,000 pounds. Trucks are still required to obey posted bridge restrictions.
If you decide you must come into an Iowa DOT-operated driver’s service center please be aware:
- Driver’s license and ID business is being conducted by appointment, a move made to limit the number of people waiting in a location at a time. Customers should make appointments online or by calling (515) 244-8725.
- All non-commercial drive tests will be discontinued and rescheduled to a future date.
- All customers entering a DOT service center will be asked a series of questions to evaluate their risk of exposure to COVID-19 and exposure to others being served. If it is determined there may be a heightened risk for the customer to be served, they will be asked to delay services to a later date.
- Staff will be monitoring the number of customers waiting for services inside the facility to encourage social distancing guidance provided by federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Customers may be asked to wait in their vehicles or come back at another time if service areas become crowded.
DOT officials say their employees are regularly cleaning high-touch areas with disinfectants to reduce the chance of contamination.
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