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Bail Enforcement/Private Investigator/Security Licensing
Program Services Bureau
Administrative Services Division
e-mail:piinfo@dps.state.ia.us

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 80AAdministrative 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.

LETTERS OF INSTRUCTION

CHECK LIST FOR APPLICATION PROCESS

 

FORMS

LICENSE APPLICATION

1) To download and complete to send in
2) To complete online and download to send in
(personal signature required for both)

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: 

U.S. Mail:

Bail Enforcement/Private Investigative/
Security Licensing
Program Services Bureau
Administrative Services Division
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Department of Public Safety Building
215 East 7th Street, 4th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319-0045

Electronic Mail:   piinfo@dps.state.ia.us

Telephone:  (515) 725-6230  

Fax: (515) 725-6264

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