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Iowa Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Laws

Helping young drivers become safe drivers

Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the nation1. But with the right training and education, you can help lower your teen's risk. Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws, like learner's permits, exist to help teen drivers develop skills and experience before receiving their official license. Allstate is committed to protecting your young driver, and to encouraging every state to adopt these safety standards.

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Iowa Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Laws

Minimum age
14 years old2
Learner stage duration
12 months2
Required supervised driving hours
Learner's stage: 20 hours, 2 of which must be at night Intermediate stage: 10 hours, 2 of which must be at night2
Nighttime driving restriction
12:30 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Passenger restriction
(family members are exempt unless otherwise noted)
No more than one younger than 18 for first 6 months unless passenger restriction is waived by a parent
Minimum age for full-privilege driving
12 months licensed and 17 years old, or until 18 years old (whichever comes first)

Learn more about teen driving and GDL laws from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's GDL laws. Have questions about your state? Get info on Iowa licensing requirements and teen driving in Iowa.

Taking action for teen safety

GDL laws are a great way to prepare young drivers for the road, but you can do even more to keep your teen safe. If you're looking for a car fit for your teen, make sure to consider safety ratings. You can find information on vehicle safety ratings and features from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Contact an agent for more information on safe driving for your teen.

Young drivers get good discounts.

Allstate constantly works to help you find new ways to save. When adding a teen to your policy, there are many discounts you and your family can benefit from.

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GDL requirements provided for informational purposes only. State requirements vary by state and may change from time to time. Check with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety if you have questions about current state requirements.

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