Bail Enforcement/Private Investigator/Security Licensing
With certain exceptions, firms and individuals engaging in bail enforement, or providing private investigative or security services in Iowa are required to be licensed by the Iowa Department of Public Safety. The statutory requirements are set out in Iowa Code Chapter 80A. Administrative rules of the Department of Public Safety regulate the operation of private investigative and security businesses in Iowa.
License application packets are available at a cost of $15.00 by mail
or $10.00 if picked up at our office. If you wish a packet sent to you,
please send a check payable to the Iowa Department of Public Safety in
the amount of $15.00 to the address below. For your convenience, the forms
for application and letters of instruction are available below in .pdf
format. All applicable forms must be filled out and submitted before
the next part of the process to obtain a license may begin.
Further information about licensure of private investigative and security businesses in Iowa can be obtained by contacting the Program Services Bureau of the Department in one of the following ways:
Electronic Mail: email@example.com
Telephone: (515) 725-6230
Fax: (515) 725-6264
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