Private Investigation / Private Security / Bail Enforcement

This section regulates:

Licensing of private investigative, private security and bail enforcement agencies and their employees doing business in Iowa. With certain exceptions, firms and individuals engaging in bail enforcement, 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. Administrative Rules,  661, Chapter 121.

     Do you want to work for an agency that is already licensed?
          Contact the licensed agency directly for employment.

     Do you want to hold your own license?
          Checklist for Application
          License Application 
          Agency Corporation Information
          Agency Limited Liability Company
          License Surety Bond
          Non-Criminal Justice Applicant's Rights

     Confused? Go to Frequently Asked Questions.

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 above 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 the 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:

Iowa Department of Public Safety
Private Investigation/Private Security/Bail Enforcement Licensing
Program Services Bureau
215 E 7th St 4th Floor
Des Moines IA 50319-0045