An Iowa sex offender search can be performed by any citizen wishing to gather information on sexual offenders or predators residing within the State of Iowa. All offenders convicted as of July 1st, 1995 are required to register with the Sheriff of the county in which they reside. Sex offenders are required to register regularly (annually, bi-annually, or quarterly depending on offense) for a period of ten (10) years. Violent sex offenders are required to register for life. The Iowa Sex Offender Registry is available to the general public and is updated on an hourly basis to provide users with the most accurate and current offender information.

Laws§ 692A (Sex Offender Registry)

Step 1 – Sex Offender Registry

Navigate to Iowa’s Sex Offender Registry website and click on the Search tab to begin.

Step 2 – User Agreement

Read through the public notice and disclaimer. Enter the numbers shown in the security box and click Submit.

Step 3 – Search Options

There are six (6) search options to choose from; simple search, advanced search, map search, email and IDs, telephone, and vehicle. Select one of the options and proceed to the corresponding step below.

Step 4 – Simple Search

To perform this type of offender search, users can enter an offender’s full name or part of their name. Providing a postal code as well will narrow the search results.

Step 5 – Advanced Search

The “Advanced Search” option allows users to obtain very accurate search results. The following information can be entered (one (1) piece of information minimum) into the appropriate fields:

  • Last name
  • First name
  • City
  • State/Province
  • County
  • Postal code
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Eye color
  • Hair color
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Age

  • Tier
  • Compliance
  • Conviction
  • OCI number

  • Victim information (age, gender, county)

  • Geographical proximity (provide address plus desired search radius)

Step 6 – Map Search

Provide geographical information into the “Map Search” option and select the desired display format; Map Results or List Results.

Step 7 – Email & IDs

Offenders can be searched by their email address or online nickname using the “Email & IDs” search option. This option will not display detailed information on the offender but will simply disclose whether or not an offender matches the email/nickname that was entered.

Step 8 – Telephone

Enter a telephone number into the space provided under the “Telephone” tab to discover if the person associated with that number is a registered sex offender.

Step 9 – Vehicle

The last search option allows users to find out of the driver of a specific license plate number is a registered sex offender.

Step 10 – Results

When performing a search based on information entered into the “Search” and “Advanced Search” options, a list of offenders that match the provided criteria will be displayed. The more information provided in the “Advanced Search” fields, the more precise the search results will be. “Telephone” and “Vehicle” searches will either yield a single result or no results at all.


When a “Map Search” is conducted, results can be displayed as a list (as shown in the image above) or on a map (below).

Clicking on an offender’s name within the list of results or clicking on an icon on the map results will display the offender’s detailed information. This information will include the offender’s address, physical description, level of offense and type(s) of offense(s).