The Criminal History Dissemination Unit offers several options for requesting Iowa criminal history information, including by mail, fax, in person, or online. We do not accept requests by phone or email. The information that may be disclosed depends on whether or not the subject of the request has signed the release authorization on the criminal record check request form. Chapter 692.2 of the Iowa Code restricts access to complete information about deferred judgments and arrests without a decision without a signed discharge. Therefore, if you are able to obtain a signed discharge authorization from the subject of your application, specifically for employment or licensing purposes, we recommend that you use the forms provided on this page by clicking on the links below.

* The fee for an Iowa criminal background check via DCI is $ 15 per last name.


THIS IS A 2-STEP PROCESS. Please download and COMPLETE BOTH a Application form and Billing form. Each last name submitted requires a separate application form and payment. Only one billing form is required when submitting multiple requests at the same time.

Criminal History Request Form

Criminal History Billing Form

IMPORTANT: We do not send or fax criminal background check results outside of the United States.

Please provide a US address or fax number on the request and billing form, otherwise it will not be processed. You can submit the completed forms to our office by mail or fax:

Iowa Criminal Investigation Division
1st Floor Support Operations Office
215 E 7th St
Des Moines IA 50319
Fax: 515.725.6080
Telephone: 515.725.6066


We are only able to provide immediate results if you are the subject of the request, per the Iowa Code, Chapter 692.2 (1). If you request a criminal background check from someone else, you will need to leave the request to us for normal processing. You can visit our office during regular business hours and request an Iowa criminal background check on yourself. You must be able to provide government issued photo identification (i.e. driver’s license, passport, etc.).

We are located at 215 East 7th Street, Des Moines, Iowa. Our hours of operation are Monday to Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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We are currently developing a new Iowa Criminal Background Check website. Our goal is to provide you with an improved search experience and a better long-term digital solution. Thank you for your patience as we anticipate that the upgrade process will require extended downtime. While we don’t know when the new app will be live, we will post a public announcement when it becomes available. In the meantime, you can submit a request to us by mail or fax – please refer to the instructions at the top of this page using our forms, or visit us at the address listed above. Thank you!

Questions / Request Forms

To ask specific questions about obtaining an Iowa criminal background check or to request forms, please call 515.725.6066 or email: [email protected]


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