An Iowa criminal background check is used to determine whether or not an individual has been arrested or convicted of any crimes. The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) provides criminal history information to any requester (some restrictions apply) through their Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). An individual’s criminal history can be accessed by completing and submitting a form by mail, fax, or in person, or through their online search engine. Employers might find the online search option less desirable as the results will not contain a “certified copy” which might be required for employment or licensing purposes. A subject’s complete criminal history will not be accessible to non-criminal justice agencies unless a waiver is signed by the subject.

Cost – $15 (online requests and mailed requests)

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Step 1 – Background Check Authorization Form

There is no need to request a subject’s consent when performing an online criminal history record check. However, all request forms mailed or delivered in person to the DCI require that the subject sign the “Waiver” portion of the form. Employers might feel the need to go one step further and have the subject/applicant submit a Background Check Authorization Form.

Step 2 – Online Criminal History Search

Visit the DCI section of the DPS website to start an online criminal history search. Click CONTINUE at the bottom of the page to proceed to the next step.

Step 3 – User Agreement

Read through the user agreement and click I AGREE.

Step 4 – Subject Information

Provide the following subject information in order to conduct a criminal history check:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Gender
  • DOB
  • SSN (optional)

Step 5 – Payment Information

The fee for an online criminal history search is $15. Enter the following information into the fields provided to complete the payment process:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Company
  • Address
  • City/town
  • State/province/region
  • Zip/postal code
  • Country
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Card number
  • Expiration date
  • Card security code
  • Card billing address (if different from contact address)

Results will be displayed with all criminal history information available without a waiver.

Request Form Submissions

Those wishing to conduct a more accurate and detailed criminal background check can complete the Criminal History Record Check Request Form (DC-77). This form includes a waiver section which, when signed, will provide the requester with the subject’s complete criminal history. The following information must be entered onto the request form:

  • DCI account number (if applicable)
  • Requester name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Fax number
  • Subject’s last, first, and middle (optional) name
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Social Security Number (optional)
  • Signed waiver (optional, but recommended)

To request criminal history checks on multiple subjects, additional request forms will be required.

The request form must have the Criminal History Record Check Billing Form attached to it. This will include the requester’s personal information and payment information. The fee associated with this type of criminal history search is $15. Each additional criminal history check will require an additional request form but only one (1) billing form. The last name of each subject must be written in the available spaces at the bottom of the billing form and the appropriate additional fees must be included.

The forms are to be mailed, faxed, or delivered in person to the following address:

  • Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
    Support Operations Bureau, 1st Floor
    215 E. 7th Street
    Des Moines, Iowa 50319