321.174  Operators licensed--operation of commercial motor vehicles.

1.  A person, except those expressly exempted, shall not operate any motor vehicle upon a highway in this state unless the person has a driver's license issued by the department valid for the vehicle's operation.

2.  A person operating a commercial motor vehicle shall not have more than one driver's license. A nonresident may operate a commercial motor vehicle in Iowa if the nonresident has been issued a license by another state, a nonresident commercial driver's license, or a driver's license issued by a foreign jurisdiction which the federal highway administration has determined to be issued in conformity with the federal commercial driver testing and licensing standards, if the license, commercial driver's license, or driver's license is valid for the vehicle operated. A person who operates a commercial motor vehicle upon the highways of this state without having been issued a driver's license valid for the vehicle operated commits a simple misdemeanor.

3.  A licensee shall have the licensee's driver's license in immediate possession at all times when operating a motor vehicle and shall display the same, upon demand of a judicial magistrate, district associate judge, district judge, peace officer, or examiner of the department. However, a person charged with violating this subsection shall not be convicted if the person produces in court, within a reasonable time, a driver's license issued to that person and valid for the vehicle operated at the time of the person's arrest or at the time the person was charged with a violation of this section.

Section History: Early form

  [C31, 35, § 4960-d2, -d29; C39, § 5013.01, 5013.15; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, § 321.174, 321.190; C77, 79, § 321.174, 321.189; C81, § 321.174]

Section History: Recent form

  90 Acts, ch 1230, §20; 98 Acts, ch 1073, §9

Internal References

  Referred to in § 321.176, 805.8(2w)

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