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Iowa DOT Releases Android Version of Its Driver's License Practice Test

Iowa Interactive and the Iowa Department of Transportation announce the release of the Android version of the popular “IA Driver Test” app, a practice test for the real exam that applicants must take to receive a driver’s license.

Like the iPad app, the Android version was created to assist Iowans to be safe drivers and provide the foundation necessary for applicants to successfully complete the knowledge test.

The app generates 25 questions, randomly chosen from a pool of among 69 included in the real knowledge test given at any Iowa driver’s license station. Users can repeat the test as often as they like. With each new test a different set of 25 questions is generated. The app also tracks a user’s high scores.

The app is not just for teens, it is great for experienced drivers as well. Take the quiz just for fun, as a family, with friends, or as a refresher to see if you are as smart as a 14 year old – the youngest age in which someone in Iowa can get an instruction permit to drive.

Mark Lowe, director of the Iowa DOT’s Motor Vehicle Division, said, “It might not be as easy as you think. Iowa's traffic laws are always changing and it’s likely there will be a question or two that stump even the most seasoned driver.”

Lowe encourages people to use the app as a practice aide after studying the Iowa Driver’s Manual. Parents are urged to talk to their young drivers about their test results to foster discussion about safe driving rules and behaviors.

The free app is now available to download to your Android phone or tablet through the Google Play Store (search for “IA Driver Test”). It is also available for iPads through the iTunes Store (search for “IA Driver Test for iPad”). Do not be fooled by imitation apps developed by others that may be unreliable. Each of the apps will appear with an Iowa DOT icon.

The creation of the Android app was a collaboration of the Iowa DOT and Iowa Interactive, a subsidiary of NIC. Iowa Interactive also created the IA Driver Test for iPad. Each of these efforts was built at no cost to the taxpayers by leveraging Iowa Interactive’s self-funded model.

Iowa Interactive built and manages the official website for the state of Iowa (http://www.Iowa.gov) and partners with state and local entities to bring new government services online. Iowa Interactive is a service of IOWAccess and is managed by the Department of Administrative Services and the eGovernment firm NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV).

About NIC

NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.

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