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Discover more about private investigators capability, employment and regulations in Iowa.


ICS offers an extensive range of services in Iowa which are conducted professionally by one of our Licensed Private Investigators. ICS Private Investigators are held to the highest responsibilities and standards. You can always expect all reports to be delivered in an accurate and timely matter. Contact ICS and let us help you get started with your investigation today.


Local Iowa Private Investigator

Private Investigators in Iowa are required to be licensed in order to conduct Private Investigation services. If your investigation requires the case to move out of state, the private investigator must still abide by any out of state licensing requirements.

Iowa Private Investigator

Private investigators in Iowa are required to have been licensed by the Iowa Department of Public Safety before conducting any investigations as a private investigator in Iowa. You must be at least 18 years old and pass an FBI background check, along with being fingerprinted by the state. Private investigators in Iowa are also required to pass a mandated test issued by the Iowa Department of Public safety before being officially issued a PI License.

ICS only considers top notch investigators to work for ICS in Iowa. You can feel confident that any investigator hired by ICS are licensed private investigators with years of experience and are able to provide results for any investigation and in any situation.

Private Investigator in Iowa

Iowa, like most states in the Midwest, receive both extremes of heat and cold. The diverse humid and dry temperatures in Iowa allows for an average of 50 thunderstorms, and 37 tornadoes per year to hit the population of over 3 million people.

Although Iowa has a large agricultural presence, which provides more corn and ethanol than any other state, Iowa’s primary economic sector is manufacturing. Some of the largest manufactures in Iowa are: Heinz, Wonder Bread, General Mills, Quaker Oats, John Deere, Maytag, and 3M.

Background Check Iowa

Do you need a background check in Iowa? Background checks are very useful and are often a common service private investigators in Iowa offer. For many clients, a background check is all that is needed. However, many investigations are far more complicated, and require much more information to be discovered then a background check could offer alone. Regardless of the services you require ICS is here, ready to help. Since 1967 ICS has been proudly serving private investigations in Iowa and their residence.

Iowa Background Check

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Case Studies

  • Overseas Lost Person

    Private Investigator finds a lost person in an overseas country 01/24/2019

  • Locate Lost Person

    ICS was contacted in an attempt to locate a Subject that had been in a 3-year relationship with the Client. 01/17/2019

  • Child Custody Exchange

    ICS was contacted in an attempt to have an Investigator on site to witness the exchange of a child from father to mother. Due to the legality of the exchange, a verified witness was required by the Client to document a proper exchange to negate... 01/08/2019

  • Case Study: Infidelity investigation in a Resort City Like Dubai

    ICS was contacted by a Client in an attempt to verify if her spouse was engaging in acts of Infidelity while on a stay in a city much like Dubai. Investigators were dispatched. We had boot on the ground in the resort and reserved their stay. In... 10/01/2018

  • Case Study: Due Diligence investigation helps business move forward with new investors.

    The private investigator for ICS helped our client make informed decisions about their potential investigators. With this case study the efforts made by ICS thwarted the clients suspicion and made for better business dealing. 09/20/2018


Paper and Press Releases

  • Join our team of Qualified Parties

    There is simply no agency with an international footprint that takes better care of its private investigator talent. "Our solution is simple, take care of you like our own!" -Michael Rabern 08/29/2018

  • Teen Cyber Bullying

    Cyberbullying has become increasingly common, with the increased use of communication technology, especially among teenagers.
    12/07/2015

  • Cellphone Spyware

    Cellular Spyware is basically "phone surveillance". It is an app that has usually been installed by a third party on a cell phone that allows them to listen to or record conversations, track location and monitor all the data of the cell phone that... 12/07/2015

  • Workers Compensation Fraud

    Worker's compensation programs are compensation plans for the victims of all job-related injuries.  When an employee gets hurt on the job, the employer is liable for medical expenses, lost income and other expenses until the employee has healed... 12/07/2015

  • ICS Will Not Do Cheating Decoy Investigations

    International Counterintelligence Services (“ICS”), a leader in the private investigations industry takes a strong stand against Cheating Decoy Investigations. 12/07/2015



Local Associations and Important Resources for Iowa

Iowa Private Investigator Associations

Website: www.iowa-investigators.com

About Iowa:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa

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Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns

Iowa

Iowa has both Agency and Investigator licenses. Iowa also requires continuing education in order to renew a license.
Reference Website: http://www.dps.state.ia.us/asd/licensing.shtml

Contact Information:
Website: http://www.dps.state.ia.us/asd/licensing.shtml
Email: piinfo@dps.state.ia.us
Private Investigative Licensing Program Services Bureau Iowa Department of Public Safety, 215 East 7th Street, Des Moines, Iowa, United States, 50319-0045
Phone: (515) 725-6230
Fax: (515) 281-8921

Associations:
Iowa Association of Private Investigators

Citation Statute:
Code of Iowa, Chapter 80A; Iowa Administrative Code, Chapter 121

Website: http://www.dps.state.ia.us/asd/pi/pi80a03code.pdf

Qualifications Requirement:
Be at least 18 years of age and a citizen of the United States

Be of good moral character, have no convictions for an aggravated misdemeanor or a felony, and have never been convicted of assault resulting from domestic abuse

Not be an abuser of alcohol or controlled substance, nor have a history of mental illness, instability or a history of repeated acts of violence

Submit pictures, fingerprints and license fee(s) along with a completed application to the Commissioner of Public Safety

Pass a written examination

Be able to show proof of financial responsibility and must be approved for a $5,000 surety bond; this will be $10,000 if applying for more than one license under this Chapter. For those wishing to work as an employee for an agency, only the first four requirements above apply.

Licensed agencies must also submit an employee I.D. card application along with the items in number four. The agency purchases these applications ($10 each) from the Department of Public Safety prior to the employee completing it.

Reciprocity: Iowa Code 80A.18 Reciprocity -- fee.

A person who holds a valid license to act as a private investigator or as a private security officer issued by a
proper authority of another state, based on requirements and qualifications similar to the requirements of this
chapter, may be issued a temporary permit to so act in this state, if the person's licensing jurisdiction extends by
reciprocity similar privileges to a person licensed to act as a private investigator or private security officer
licensed by this state. Any reciprocal agreement approved by the commissioner shall provide that any misconduct
in the state issuing the temporary permit will be dealt with in the licensing jurisdiction as though the violation
occurred in that jurisdiction.

The commissioner shall adopt by rule a fee for the issuance of a temporary permit under this section. The fee
shall be based on the cost of administering this section but shall not exceed one hundred dollars per year.



Testing: Written Examination

Fees: $100 each license, $30 fingerprint fee for each license holder, $30 fingerprint fee for each license holder renewal, other: Application $10 Identification Card fee (one card needed, no matter how many license types; no expiration, to work for that particular agency only) $10 - Application Packet (in person) $15 - Application Packet (by mail)

Renewal Information: $100 for each two-year license. The Department of Public Safety is responsible for sending out renewal notices (usually 30 days prior to license expiration).

Continuing Education: During the two-year period preceding the agency license expiration date, license holders and their employees must complete a minimum of twelve hours of acceptable continuing education courses

Advertising Restrictions: Iowa code 80A.16 Penalties.

1. A person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter where no other penalty is provided is guilty of a
simple misdemeanor.
2. A person who does any of the following is guilty of a fraudulent practice:
a. Makes a false statement or representation in an application or statement filed with the commissioner, as
required by this chapter.

b. Falsely states, represents, or fails to disclose as required by this chapter, that the person has been or is a
private investigator, private security agent, or bail enforcement agent.

c. Falsely advertises that the person is a licensed private investigator, private security agent, or bail enforcement
agent.



Iowa Private Investigator Licensing

Iowa State requires licensing for Private Investigators, Security Guards and Agencies. 

State Licensing Authority: State of Iowa
Website: https://www.iowa.gov/state/main/contactsp.html
Email: pinfo@dps.state.ia.us
Phone: (515) 281-3211

Only licensed investigators can conduct investigations in Iowa.  Licenses are only good in Iowa, there is no State Reciprocity.

Iowa Private Investigator Listing

Custom Solutions

212 North Howard Street Indianola, IA 50125
Des Moines, Iowa 
Phone : 515-330-7168
Email : dheater@csi-ia.com
Office Contact: Darren Heater

Haven Protection

PO Box 714, Des Moines, IA
Des Moines, Iowa 50303
Phone : 515-724-7922
Email : charstad@havenprotection.com; manager@havenprotection.com
Office Contact: Corey Harstad

IAPI

3421 Governor Ct Waterloo, IA 50702
Waterloo, Iowa 
Phone : (319) 290-5135
Email :
Office Contact: Osmicevic Besima


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