Do You Need a CDL to Drive a Tow Truck in Iowa?

If you want to become a tow truck driver in Iowa, you will need to get a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License). The state of Iowa requires all drivers of commercial vehicles over 26,000 pounds to hold a CDL. Tow trucks are classified as commercial vehicles, and so this rule applies even if you’re only driving the tow truck locally or within Iowa.

To obtain a CDL in Iowa, you must be at least 18 years old or have completed an approved driver education program. You must also pass the written test, vision test, medical exam and road skills test for the class of vehicle that you will be driving. You can find your local DMV office online or by phone to get more information about the application process.

In addition to a valid driver’s license and CDL, there are other requirements that need to be met before you can start driving a tow truck in Iowa. All drivers must have insurance on the vehicle they are driving and it must meet minimum coverage set by the state. Tow truck drivers also need to be familiar with state laws and regulations pertaining to operating a tow truck and carrying out roadside assistance services.


In summary, all drivers of tow trucks in Iowa need to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in order to operate these vehicles legally. The requirements for obtaining a CDL vary from state-to-state but usually include passing written tests, vision tests, medical exams and road skills tests. In addition to having the proper credentials, tow truck drivers must also be familiar with state laws pertaining to their work and must have valid insurance for any vehicle they are operating.

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Susan Delgado