You’ll be able get a driver’s license in any of Iowa’s 99 counties, if a proposal headed to the legislature is approved. The Iowa County Treasurers Association and the Iowa Department of Transportation are recommending that 33 more county treasurers be allowed to give driving tests and issue driver’s licenses. There are now 48 county treasurers doing that task and 17 permanent D-O-T offices. Polk County Treasurer Mary Maloney is President of the Treasurer’s Association. She says the service has been very successful in the counties that now provide it five days a week.The plan would also add one permanent D-O-T office in Spencer to give all Iowa counties coverage. Maloney says the choice of instituting the service will be left up to the 33 counties.The D-O-T will not send its traveling service to the counties, so they won’t have service if they don’t institute it. The D-O-T will supply the machines to print the licenses, while the treasurers provide the people to run them. The counties get three-dollars and 75-cents for each license they sell.Maloney says the fee probably won’t cover all the treasurers costs of issuing the licenses, but she says it’s a matter of providing a service. She says Treasurers and the D-O-T didn’t agree when the idea first was tried in 1992, but they’re on the same road now. She says it makes even more sense now that the state is facing budget difficulties.Maloney says the 33, mostly rural counties, could start issuing licenses in July of 2003, if the legislature approves the recommendation. The D-O-T says they issue as many as one million new, replacement or renewed licenses each year. The 33 counties slated for expansion are: Benton, Bremer, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Davis, Delaware, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Grundy, Humboldt, Ida, Jefferson, Jones, Kossuth, Lyon, Mahaska, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, Shelby, Sioux, Van Buren and Winnebago. As said above a new permanent driver’s license center would be built in Spencer to serve Clay County.
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