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Iowa Private Investigator

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.

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Description of Private Investigations in Iowa

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Iowa Private Investigator

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 Private Investigator

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

Local Associations and Important Resources for Iowa

Iowa Private Investigator Associations


About Iowa:

Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns


Iowa has both Agency and Investigator licenses. Iowa also requires continuing education in order to renew a license.
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Contact Information:
Private Investigative Licensing Program Services Bureau Iowa Department of Public Safety, Wallace State Office Bldg 3rd Fl, Des Moines, Iowa, United States, 50319-0045
Phone: (515) 725-6230
Fax: (515) 281-8921

Iowa Association of Private Investigators

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


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 does not have reciprocity agreements with any other states as of February, 2008.

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

Iowa Private Investigator Licensing

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

State Licensing Authority: State of Iowa
Phone: (515) 281-3211

Only licensed investigators can conduct investigations in Iowa.  Licenses are only good in Iowa, there is no State Reciprocity.
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Top Case Types for Iowa
Child Custody and Visitation Investigations
Adultery or Infidelity Investigations (Marital)
Cheating Spouse Investigation
Other Private Investigator Case
Unfaithful or Cheating Mate (Non-Marital)
Locate Lost People
Birth Parent Locate Investigation
Cheating Husband Investigation
Background Investigation
Missing Persons

Case Studies

Cheating Spouse Case Study
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Catfish Case Study
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Child Paternity Case Study
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Adultery Surveillance Case Study
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Affair During Divorce of Wife with Attorney Case Study
A husband was in the middle of an international divorce, and his wife was overseas. The husband’s...

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