School Permit Information

How does my child get a school permit (minor school license)?

  • Must be at least 14 and a half years old.
  • Complete an Iowa-approved driver education course.
  • Have had an instruction permit and a clean driving record for at least six consecutive months immediately before applying for your school permit.
  • Once the above requirements are met, contact the school superintendent to set up a brief meeting with the student and at least one parent to complete necessary paperwork and go over some "frequently asked questions" and rules pertaining to school permits.

What can the student do with this license?

  • Drive without adult supervision from your home to your school or school sponsored activities using the most direct and accessible route, between the hours of 5:00 A.M. and 10:00 P.M.   Activities must be within the school district you are enrolled in.
  • Drive to and from your home to the closest school bus stop between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Stop for fuel while on route or at the closest filling station off route.
  • 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 with written permission from your parent, guardian, or custodian. The supervising adult must possess a valid driver's license.

What can the student NOT do with this license?

  • Use a cell phone, smartphone, tablet, or other electronic communication or entertainment device while driving. This doesn’t apply to equipment permanently installed in the vehicle.
  • 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.
  • Drive to a school district you are not enrolled in for school or school-sponsored activities, even if your school has an athletic sharing agreement with that school district.
  • Carry more passengers than the number of seat belts in your vehicle, even when driving with adult supervision.