Iowa Moving Regulations

The Iowa Department of Transportation regulates Iowa’s Intrastate and local household moves.  Local movers in Iowa are required to be licensed and insured through the Iowa Department of Transportation/Motor Carriers Services.  The moving company is in charge of publishing a tariff and the tariff is filed and regulated by the Iowa DOT.  This tariff outlines all of the services and charges for the movers, and the Iowa DOT holds all movers in the state of Iowa responsible for following by their published rates, policies and procedures as set forth by the DOT.

Most companies if the move is local will charge on an hourly basis, and over a certain distance charge by weight and distance.  Movers can charge what they want as long as it is published with their tariff.  Vehicles do need a DOT # followed by IA.  The moving company is required to have an intrastate authority permit to operate in the state of Iowa.

One important thing to remember is to make sure your local mover carries workers compensation insurance and the proper licensing on equipment and vehicles.

If you have any questions regarding licensing or questions on tariffs, you may contact:

Motor Vehicle Division/Motor Carrier Services
6310 SE Convenience Blvd.
Ankeny, IA  50021
Mailing Address:
P.O.Box  10382
Des Moines, IA  50306-0382

Iowa Motor Truck Association
717 E. Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 244-5193
Fax: (515) 244-22047-

Better Business Bureau of Iowa
505 5th Avenue, Suite 950
Des Moines, IA 50309-2375
Chris Coleman, President
Phone: (515) 243-8137, 24 hour automated system
Toll Free: 1-800-222-1600 Report)


For any questions on interstate movers, and finding a licensed mover, you may contact the:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC  20590

Protect Your Move (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)

US Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC  20590

American Moving & Storage Association
1611 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA  22314

The following is a list of related moving contacts:

Office of the Iowa Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
1305 E. Walnut Street
Des Moines IA 50319
Phone: 515-281-5164
Fax: 515-281-4209

Banking Authorities
Division of Banking
200 East Grand, Suite 300
Des Moines, IA 50309-1827

Insurance Regulators
Division of Insurance
330 Maple St.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0065

Securities Administrators
Securities and Regulated Industries Bureau
340 Maple St.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0066
Toll free: 1-877-955-1212 (IA)
Fax: 515-281-6467

Utility Commissions
Utilities Board
350 Maple St.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0069
Toll free: 1-877-565-4450 (IA)