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Online License Renewal Beginning Mid-July

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By Addie Olson

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The Iowa Department of Transportation says Iowans will be able to go online to renew their driver's licenses by the middle of July.

If you have an Iowa license right now, you may have seen your last long wait at the DOT.

"I had to leave early from my job, just to come here today before they closed," said Beth Van Gessel of Ames. "You have to take an afternoon out of your time."

The wait time keeps visitors in a constant line, but starting mid–July, Iowans will be able to skip the sitting and go online to renew their licenses.

"That really makes it much more convenient and cost effective to say now you can go online and have it mailed directly to you rather than having you come in the station," said Mark Lowe of the Iowa DOT.

There will be a few requirements on who can and cannot renew online, and renewers will have to go back in if they would like another photo.

"If they decide they want their photo updated and come in, we think the lines will be shorter and the times will be faster because we've had some people going online," Lowe said.

The DOT said they do have one main concern: Fake websites that have been set up by scammers.

"We've had some problems with people that have gone to those sites and they paid $14 and then they're calling us saying, 'I never got my license,' Well, that's because it's not us," Lowe said.

They say the best way to avoid scammers is to be sure you're at the iowadot.gov website.

"We hope that people will remember we don't have it out there yet, we will soon, and that it's going to be at our site and not a .org or a .com," Lowe said.

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