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Iowa Traffic Violations

As an Iowa driver, it is important that you are aware of the issues you may face should you be pulled over and issued a ticket for a moving violation. If you incur a traffic violation in Iowa, you have a few basic options.

The first is to pay your ticket and move on. If you do so, you will be admitting guilt and can expect to see both points and the traffic violation itself placed on your Iowa driving record. Contact information and steps for paying a ticket in person, by mail or online will be located somewhere on the citation you were issued, and the Iowa law enforcement officer that pulled you over will likely point the information out when he issues you the citation. If you have other questions, you can contact the local Iowa court clerk's office as well.

The Iowa law enforcement officer who issued your traffic citation will also likely point out on your traffic ticket a court date, when you can appear in court to discuss the violation if you so choose. By appearing in the local Iowa court that oversees you traffic violation, you can either plead guilty or dispute the charges. Also, if you appear in court you may have an opportunity to request an opportunity to participate in some form of Iowa traffic school or defensive driving course in exchange for a lesser or dismissed violation. If you simply pay the ticket and do not follow up with the local Iowa court clerk's office to review such an opportunity, both the violation and potential points attached to the violation will undoubtedly wind up on your Iowa driving record

Iowa Points System

The Iowa Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Division ("MVD") keeps track of "points" against the Iowa driving records of all Iowa drivers. Whereas, in most states, points are assigned for the majority of moving violations, the Iowa DMV restricts points for more serious violations. While that may help you avoid points on your record for some offenses, any points on your record at all can be a serious concern. Below are some examples of points assigned against your Iowa driving record for certain infractions:

  • Driving under a Suspended or Revoked License: 2 points
  • Lying to the Iowa Department of Transportation: 2 points
  • Driving Under the Influence: 4 points
  • Evading a Law Enforcement Officer: 5 points
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident: 5 points
  • Vehicular Manslaughter: 6 points

Suspension of Your Iowa Driving Privileges

Because such points are the result of clearly serious driving infractions, your Iowa driving privileges can be suspended or revoked for a very small number of points on your Iowa driving record, even if those points are accumulated over several years.

If you receive six points on your record over six years, your Iowa driving privileges will be taken away for two years. Once you accumulate 8 points, you will lose your Iowa driving privileges for 3 years. Amass 10 points? That's 4 years. If you wind up with 13 points against your Iowa driving record, you face a 5 year suspension. At 16 points, your Iowa driving privileges will be lost for six years.

Further, if you are involved in an large amount of avoidable accidents or incur an excessive number of moving violations-usually six or more-in a two-year period, the Iowa courts or the Iowa MVD may label you as a "habitual offender," and restrict your Iowa driving privileges accordingly, including suspending your license for up to a year. And if you are caught driving after your license has been barred as the result of being a habitual offender, Iowa courts will throw the book at you, possibly sentencing you to prison for as much as two years.

Attending Traffic School in Iowa

If you end up having your Iowa driving record suspended, revoked or barred, or you are convicted of a single instance of speeding by more than 25 mph, you will also likely have to participate in the Iowa Driver Improvement Program. If you are ordered to enroll in the Iowa Driver Improvement Program, which will include some form of traffic school or defensive driving course, your successful completion of this course will only result in satisfying one portion of your requirements to have your license reinstated. Neither points nor traffic violations themselves will be removed from your record. However, you will likely have an opportunity to be placed on probation by the Iowa Department of Transportation and begin driving under some form of restricted license.

If you have not violated Iowa regulations to such an extent that you face suspension of your Iowa driving privileges and have not committed one of the several serious infractions that result in points against your Iowa driving record, but still find yourself in court disputing or pleading guilty to a traffic violation, you may have an opportunity to have the traffic violation reduced or even dismissed in exchange for participating in an Iowa online traffic school or driver improvement program.

Because Iowa courts have jurisdiction over online traffic schools and online defensive driving programs, you will need to ask the judge or the local Iowa court clerk's office whether your participation in an Iowa online traffic school or driver improvement program will satisfy requirements which the court deems necessary to warrant reducing or dismissing your traffic violation altogether.

The Benefits of a Clean Iowa Driving Record

Because serious traffic violations and the accompanying points that show up on your driving record can be so serious, participating in an Iowa online traffic school or Iowa online driver improvement program can be a significant aid should you find yourself facing a traffic violation charge or possible suspension of your Iowa driving privileges. Iowa online traffic schools are designed to teach and reinforce important safe driving techniques and defensive driving skills that will support the contention that you are someone who deserves to retain their Iowa driving privileges. Also, these skills can help you avoid negligent accidents and traffic violations altogether going forward.

Iowa online traffic school and driver improvement programs can have a significant impact on your insurance premiums as well. If participation in an Iowa online traffic school can have any impact on reducing the violations on your Iowa driving record, or merely by showing up on your Iowa driving record alongside those infractions, your insurance carrier is considerably less likely to implement expensive premium hikes that can cost you anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars each year.

Iowa Mature Drivers

Many insurance programs may even offer advance discounts for your enrollment in an Iowa online traffic school or online defensive driving program, particularly if you are a Mature Driver. If you are a mature driver over the age of 55, you should contact your insurance carrier to see what effect enrollment in an Iowa online traffic school will have on your monthly insurance premiums.

Iowa Juvenile Drivers

Similarly, juvenile drivers under the age of 18 have notoriously high insurance costs based on young drivers' relative inexperience and tendencies to incur traffic violations and end up in traffic accidents. By showing your insurance carrier that you or a juvenile driver in your household is dedicated to safe and defensive driving, you may also qualify for a special discount on your auto insurance premiums.

Iowa Classroom Traffic Schools

If you would like to enroll in traffic school set in a traditional classroom setting, or are ordered to do so by the Iowa MVD or local Iowa court overseeing your current traffic violation, you should contact your local Iowa Department of Transportation office or the local Iowa court clerk's office and ask for a list of state-approved brick-and-mortar traffic schools. In addition, Iowa Driver Improvement Program courses are offered throughout the year at many Iowa community colleges. The Iowa MVD should also be able to inform you of the closest participating college.

Iowa Frequently Asked Questions

Would it be acceptable to mail in a check or money order for payment for the GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa online ticket dismissal course?
Yes, a check or money order is an acceptable form of payment for the GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa online defensive driving course.
What shipping methods are available for my Iowa certificate of completion?

Along with regular US Mail (7-10 business days), you also have several FedEx delivery options. FedEx Priority Overnight certificate delivery will get your certificate to you by or before 10:30 AM the next business morning. FedEx Standard Overnight will get your certificate to you by or before 5PM the next business day. FedEx Second Day delivery will get your certificate to you by or before 5PM on the second business day, and Express Delivery will deliver your certificate by or before 5PM on the third business day. Also, if you complete your online Iowa traffic school course on a Friday we offer Saturday FedEx Express Delivery which will deliver your certificate on or before 12PM on Saturday. Note: Los Angeles County residents are eligible for same day messenger delivery.


Does GoToTrafficSchool.com have a track record of protecting the integrity of customers’ personal information?
Yes we do! Our record of protecting customers’ personal information, ensured by the SSL encryption we use for our Iowa online traffic school and other websites, is one of the things that has helped us grow into a leading provider of online Iowa driver safety courses.
What should I consider before deciding whether or not to try your Iowa online defensive driving school for Iowa ticket dismissal?
The one thing you need to remember is that different courts have different rules. Because we don’t want you to waste your time, it is recommended that you contact your Iowa court in order to verify that the GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa online defensive driving course is approved for dismissal of a Iowa ticket.
Will GoToTrafficSchool.com save me money compared to other courses in Iowa?
Our expansion into one of the nation’s most successful providers of Iowa online traffic school and online defensive driving courses in Iowa is due to our commitment to offering our customers the lowest prices on the market. Other providers of Iowa online traffic schools play games with prices by advertising one price on their homepage, having customers sign up for their entire Iowa online traffic school program only to find out at the end of the registration process that they have to pay various hidden fees that increases the overall cost of their Iowa online traffic school programs.
What is the coursework like for the Iowa online traffic school, Iowa online defensive driving, Iowa online driver improvement and Iowa online insurance reduction courses?

1.   We have two basic types of Iowa courses: Iowa ticket dismissal and Iowa insurance reduction. The only thing you need for any Iowa online defensive driving course is a computer with internet access. The Iowa driver safety courses are self-paced, which means you can start and stop as often as you want. The Iowa online traffic school course is broken into chapters, and for each chapter there is a brief multiple choice quiz that should help to prepare you for the Iowa final exam. We will issue you a Iowa certificate of completion once all of your coursework has been completed. The Iowa certificate will be sent to you according to whatever shipping method you selected at registration.

What can you tell me about the GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa online traffic school course for the specific purpose of insurance reduction?
Many Iowa insurance agents will offer a premium discount upon successful completion of an approved Iowa online traffic school course, but some will not.  You should ask your Iowa insurance agent if your insurance company offers safe driver discounts to policyholders who complete the GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa internet traffic school course. 
I’m accustomed to being able to work on multiple PCs for any project. Does the GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa online traffic school course allow this?
Yes it does.  The progress you make during the Iowa online traffic school will be saved no matter what computer you use or how many times you stop and start again. Because our defensive driving courses can be pulled up by most computers and browsers, you are free to take the GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa online defensive driving course from any location you choose, whether it is the library, a Kinko’s, or a friend’s house.
Are there any limitations in taking the GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa online defensive driving course all at one time?
No.  The GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa online defensive driving course can be taken either at one sitting, or you may choose to start and stop the GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa online defensive driving course as often as needed.
Will you notify me once my certificate of completion for the Iowa online traffic school course has been mailed?
Yes we will. Complete information about your court, including where your certificate will be mailed, will be given to you once you complete the registration process for the state of Iowa online traffic school course, the Iowa online defensive driving course or the Iowa workbook course. If the certificate is mailed to your court, you will be notified via e-mail. You can then contact the court to ask about your certificate.
Do I have time to get a refund of my Iowa online defensive driving school fee?

As long as your Iowa certificate of completion has not been shipped. To get a refund of your course fees for the Iowa online defensive driving school, you simply need to make the request at some time prior to completing the Iowa online traffic school course.

I have some difficulty reading large amounts of text. Does your Iowa online defensive driving course take that into account?

At GoToTrafficSchool.com we have tried to make our Iowa online defensive driving course accessible to everyone. Our Iowa driver safety course features a "read along" option that reads the Iowa driver improvement course text aloud as you follow along with the online text.

Do all Iowa courts accept GoToTrafficSchool.com’s Iowa online defensive driving or Iowa online traffic school courses?
Not all courts accept our Iowa online traffic school course, which is why we strongly suggest you check with the Iowa court judge to make sure that the online driver safety course at GoToTrafficSchool.com satisfies the court’s requirement.
I’ve attended a Iowa traffic school course once before. Does this mean I can’t take the GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa online traffic school course?
Possibly. In most states, the number of times you may attend defensive driving school is limited—usually it’s once every 12 to 24 months.  For that reason, we suggest asking your Iowa court if your eligibility for the GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa online traffic school course is affected by the previous defensive driving school you attended.
How necessary are the quizzes in order for me to pass the Iowa internet traffic school course successfully?
The quizzes are a required part of GoToTrafficSchool.com’s Iowa online defensive driving course.  However, the Iowa online driver safety or Iowa online traffic school course quizzes are meant to prepare you for the Iowa final exam.  They do not count against your overall Iowa online traffic school course score.
If I take the Iowa GoToTrafficSchool.com online driver improvement course, will I be able to get some points reduced on my Iowa driving record?
Yes. In most states, you can take our Iowa online driver safety course in order to keep points from being applied to your Iowa driving record.  While a few states may allow you to take the Iowa GoToTrafficSchool.com online defensive driving course for the removal of existing points from your driving record, this is generally not the case.
If I received a Iowa traffic citation, do I need to enroll in the Iowa GoToTrafficSchool.com online defensive driving course?
Yes.  If you got a ticket in Iowa then you must enroll in our Iowa online traffic school course.  If you take an online defensive driving course for a state or country other than the state or country in which you received your citation, the Iowa court may reject your certificate and you may not get credit for the course.
I want to take the GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa online defensive driving course, but when should I expect to receive my Iowa certificate of completion?
We recommend that you allow at least 3 to 5 business days after the completion of the Iowa online defensive driving course to have the Iowa certificate of completion processed and sent to the Iowa court of issuance.  If you order expedited shipping through FedEx, you can have the Iowa certificate of completion delivered the next business day after you complete the Iowa online driver improvement course.
Will my Iowa court think that the GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa online traffic school course will be as good as a classroom course?
It depends on the rules of your Iowa court. If your judge specifically told you to enroll in the GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa internet ticket dismissal course, then of course you’re free to do so. Otherwise, it doesn’t hurt to first ask before enrolling.
How do I know whether my state or court approves of the GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa online driver improvement course?
If you want to be sure that your state or court approves of the GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa online defensive driving course, check with the court that has jurisdiction over your ticket.
Can I put my Iowa online defensive driving certificate towards the dismissal of all my other traffic tickets?
Unfortunately, no. In most states, two kinds of limitations will apply: (1) you will be limited to just one ticket dismissal class every 12, 18 or 24 months, and (2) you can only use the course to dismiss a single traffic citation. You can always consult with your court in Iowa to know its rules in greater depth, including how often you may take the online defensive driving course.
Does the Iowa online defensive driving course require ID verification?
It depends on your court.  If the court that has jurisdiction over your Iowa traffic school or Iowa online defensive driving school requires some form of ID verification, we will let you know. Though most courts do not require ID verification, a few courts in Iowa may require ID verification in the form of a proctored final exam, a notarized final exam answer sheet or through the use of online ID verification via a limited credit check. The purpose of these is to verify that you are who you say you are prior to completing the final examination. This is how courts make sure that somebody else is not taking the Iowa course in your place.
Can you verify if I can satisfactorily complete the Iowa online defensive driving course by either streaming video or DVD if I do not have internet access?
Yes, either one is offered!  GoToTrafficSchool.com has internet traffic school, streaming video traffic school and DVD traffic school formats.  Please check with your Iowa court for more information about the availability of certain Iowa online driver improvement course formats.
I do not remember my Iowa online traffic school course password. How can I receive it?
No problem!  If you forget your GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa online driver improvement course password, just click "forgot password" on the login screen and GoToTrafficSchool.com will email your Iowa online driver improvement course password to you in a matter of seconds!
Is the Iowa online driver improvement course going to expire if I have not logged in to the course in a week or more?
No.  Generally, all Iowa internet traffic school course accounts are disabled after 6 months (180 days) from the date of your online traffic school registration at GoToTrafficSchool.com.  However, GoToTrafficSchool.com will send emails to you if you have not logged into your Iowa online defensive driving or Iowa driver safety course in a while so you don't forget! 
I’m concerned about possible losses of privacy if I were to take the GoToTrafficSchool.com traffic school online class.
No need to worry. GoToTrafficSchool.com values and respects the privacy of our Iowa traffic school customers. We will not distribute, sell or share your personal information to a third party unless we are required to do so by a government entity or court order. For detailed information about ?website’s? privacy policy, refer to our “privacy policy” link on the GoToTrafficSchool.com homepage.
I’m worried about the course time I might lose because of internet connection problems while taking the GoToTrafficSchool.com Iowa online traffic school course. Is this something GoToTrafficSchool.com is willing to help me with?
Absolutely! We strongly encourage you to contact the GoToTrafficSchool.com customer service center as soon as you encounter internet connectivity problems so that we can help you avoid being penalized for something beyond your control. You’re a valued customer, and we certainly don’t want internet connectivity problems to keep you from successfully completing the Iowa online traffic school course.