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Chapter 321J.17 of the Code of Iowa explains requirements for persons operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated within the state of Iowa. 

Iowa law stipulates that individuals, found to have been operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated - either by failing a sobriety test or refusing to test, must complete a mandated "drinking and driving course that encourages the offender to assess the offender's own drinking and driving behavior in order to select practical alternatives."

OWI in Iowa Brochure

Information for Iowans

If you received an OWI in the state of Iowa, you will need to complete the following before your driver's license can be reinstated. Note that in some cases additional penalties/requirements may be imposed by the court system and/or by the Department of Transportation.

  • Complete a substance abuse evaluation and follow any treatment recommendations as stipulated by the evaluator. Need help finding a licensed substance abuse evaluator in Iowa?  Online or by calling 515-281-5251
     
  • Successfully complete a state approved drinking driver education program. There are a number of providers that have been approved to provide this program in the state of Iowa. For a searchable listing, click on the Facility Locator link below. General questions regarding the drinking driver program may be directed to 515-281-5251.
     
  • Pay any civil penalties, reinstatement fees, and/or pass any examinations as required by the court system and the Iowa Department of Transportation. For further information regarding your driving record, contact the Iowa Department of Transportation at 800-532-1121.
     

Facility Locator

Use the link above to locate state approved drinking driver education providers and licensed substance abuse treatment/evaluators in Iowa.

 

Information for Non-Iowans

The State of Iowa requires that you complete a substance abuse evaluation and a state approved drinking driver education course.  If you are not a resident of Iowa, but were charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in the state of Iowa, you may complete your drinking driver education course and the evaluation outside of Iowa.  For help in locating an educational course or a substance abuse evaluator, contact our office at 515-281-5251 during normal business hours.  Please be aware that Iowa WILL NOT accept on-line drinking driver education courses. 

Upon completion of the drinking driver education course, you will need to complete and return the Out-Of-State OWI Education Completion Form along with a certificate of completion from the educational course.  

You will also need to complete and provide a copy of a substance abuse evaluation.  The evaluation must clearly state the date of the evaluation, the evaluator's recommendation, the name of the evaluator, and the agency's name and location/telephone number.  If the substance abuse evaluation recommended treatment, documentation to show that the treatment was successfully completed must also be submitted. 

There is a $25 administrative fee for submitting education from outside of Iowa.  You may pay with a cashier's check, money order or with a credit card.  Credit card payments can be made online at https://epay.educateiowa.gov/

You may fax your documentation to 515-242-5988, scan and email to: OWIIowa@iowa.gov or send through postal mail to:

Iowa Department of Education
Drinking Driver Education
400 East 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146

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Forms

Out-Of-State OWI Education Completion Form - use when submitting education from a state other than Iowa

Out of State Substance Abuse Evaluation Treatment Completion - use to submit substance abuse evaluation/treatment from a state other than Iowa

Residency Statement - an IDOT form to provide proof of residency in an state other than Iowa

 

Resources

Websites

Iowa's OWI Laws

Iowa's BWI (Boating While Intoxicated) Laws

Iowa Department of Transportation - Driver Services

Iowa Department of Transportation Driver's License Stations

National Driver Register

Approved Ignition Interlock Device Systems

Locate a Drinking Driver Education & Substance Abuse Evaluation/Treatment in Iowa

Locate a Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Nationwide

Locate a Substance Abuse Professional - for those required to obtain a evaluation from a SAP

 

 

Reports

PRIME For Life - OWI Education Report - 2011

PRIME For Life - OWI Education Report - 2010

Analysis of OWI Arrests and Convictions in Iowa
 

For Providers

Requirements for 12-hour Drinking Driver Course

  • you must be approved by the Department of Education to provide the course
     
  • all instructors must be certified to teach the course, and attend a recertification course every 24 months
     
  • all students attending the course must receive their own workbook
     
  • a fee of $115 shall be charged to all participants unless they are deemed indigent, and then the fee may be waived
     
  • agencies must submit a quarterly report and the administrative fees collected to the Department of Education within 30 days following the end of each quarter.


Reporting Documents for Providers

OWI Quarterly Summary of Students Attending Classes - Excel
Quarterly Fees Report - PDF
Quarterly Fees Report - Word

 

Education For Instructors

 PRI Training Opportunities

 

Provider Newsletters

December 2013

January 2013

December 2011

September 2011


Advisory Committee

September 11, 2013 Advisory Meeting Minutes

May 30, 2013 Advisory Meeting Minutes

January 2013 Advisory Meeting Minutes

September 2012 Meeting Minutes

May 2012 Meeting Minutes

February 2012 Meeting Minutes

September 2011 Meeting Minutes

May 2011 Meeting Minutes

 

Contact Us

By Phone: 515.281.5251

By Fax: 515.242.5988 (Please indicate OWI in Subject Line)

By E-mail: OwiIowa@iowa.gov

By Mail:

Iowa Department of Education
Drinking Driver Education
400 East 14th Street
Des Moines, IA  50319

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 18, 2014 at 8:28pm.