Iowa Department of Transportation

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Q. At 93 years of years of age, I am penalized because I need an SUV for my driving. It is very, very safe, and I can get in and not fall in as most models of cars require. Since I have an SUV Subaru Forester, I am the victim of the political correctness of this age. I am on Social Security, and it hurts my wallet each year. Now I see in some of the Ford ads that they offer SUV models. Do they have to pay a very large driver’s fee also? — James, Davenport

A. We contacted the Iowa Department of Transportation for more information. Andrea Henry, director of strategic communications, responded:

"I'm assuming this gentleman is asking about both his registration fee and driver's license fee.

"A standard Class C driver's license is $4 per year. For persons 72 years or older, licenses are valid for two years. Fees change if there are endorsements or other classes of licenses. You can find more detailed fee information at

"The state determines the amount of registration fees as follows:

"All autos and multipurpose vehicles, plus trucks that are 2010 and newer with weight <= 10,000 lbs. are computed by the vehicle weight and list price as follows: 40 cents per hundred pounds of vehicle weight plus:

1-7 years old

1% of list price

8-9 years old

.75% of list price

10-11 years old

.50% of list price

12+ years old


Weight: 3,000 pounds, list price $18,500

3,000 x $.40 = $12

$18,500 x 1% = 185

Annual fee $197


1-7 model years: $150.00

8-9 model years: $120.00

10-11: $100.00

12+: $50.00


(motor vehicle 25 years old or older)

$23 (1970-1983)

$16 (1969 and older) ownership before 1/1/09

$50 purchased after 1/1/09


$20 (1-5 years old)

$10 (6 years or older)

Small Regular Trailer less than 2,000 lbs:


Regular Trailer 2,000 lbs:


Travel Trailer:

$.30 per sq ft (1-6 years old)

75% of original fee (7 years or older)

"If you have specific questions regarding vehicle fees, please contact your County Treasurer's Office."

Q. Are there any plans for public transportation to go near Rhythm City Casino? Currently, blue and gold lines stop by Walmart on Elmore Avenue for the CitiBus. — Reader

A. Nicole Gleason, public works director and assistant city administrator for the city of Davenport, said, "Thanks for the question! Yes, the buses do go to Rhythm City. The Route 3-Yellow Line operates every 60 minutes from GTC beginning at 7:10 a.m. with the last trip at 6:10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:10 a.m. to 6:10 p.m. on Saturday. There is no Sunday service. I have attached the route map for your convenience."

To view the route map, visit

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