Iowa State Police

Court Records

State office

DPS - Division of Criminal Investigations

Records Unit

215 E 7th St Des Moines, IA 50319

Records Available:

Iowa criminal records include arrests that resulted in convictions for misdemeanors and felonies, as long as the arrests are supported by fingerprint cards. Any arrests over 18 months old without a disposition are not considered public information and can’t be accessed without consent from the individual.

Iowa  Court Record Availability

Iowa law requires employers to pay the fee for potential employees record checks. (This is normal operating procedure when an employer uses a pre-employment screening company in compliance with FCRA.)

Access to Iowa Court Records

Retrieving Records

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Criminal History Record Dissemination Unit provides access to the state’s criminal records. Criminal history records may be obtained by mail, by fax, or in person using the department’s request forms. Records may also be obtained on the department’s website. Online criminal records are limited to the information that is releasable by law without the subject’s authorization. Any citizen may request copies of Iowa criminal records; however, a complete criminal history record requires a signed waiver from the subject.


Individuals are charged $15 to request a criminal history check through the Iowa Department of Public Safety website, whether by mail or by fax. The fee is payable by check, money order, credit card, or pre-paid account.

Years Available

The Iowa Department of Public Safety maintains criminal history records until the individual turns 80 or dies. Records of serious crimes may be kept longer than 80 years.