Iowa Transportation Department website will accept payment of civil penalties

The website lists all civil penalties owed in the order they were incurred

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March 28, 2014 | 11:56 am

The Iowa Department of Transportation has begun accepting online payment of civil penalties by suspended and revoked drivers through the agency's website at https://mymvd.iowadot.gov.

Iowa law requires that residents who have had their license suspended or revoked must pay required civil penalties before their driving privileges can be reinstated.

"This new online service allows suspended and revoked drivers to see whether they owe any civil penalties, how much they owe, and to pay the civil penalties by credit or debit card," said Mark Lowe, director of the Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Division.

Drivers must enter their name, drivers license number and the last five digits of their Social Security number to access the information.

The website lists all civil penalties owed in the order they were incurred, and identifies the sanction that triggered the penalty. Persons who owe multiple civil penalties can elect to pay all civil penalties owed or can choose to make partial payments until paid in full.

The service requires that partial payments cover the full amount of at least one civil penalty and applies the payments in the order the civil penalties were incurred. A $1.50 service charge for credit and debit card processing costs is added to the payment.

Civil penalties are typically in amounts of $50, $100 or $200, depending on the age of the person of the driver and when the penalty was incurred. Civil penalties collected by the DOT are transmitted to the state treasurer, who deposits the money in Iowa's juvenile detention home fund.

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