Commercial Explosives and Individual Blaster Licenses

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Fee Structure for Contractor License:
  • $60 certification fee
  • $35 criminal history background check for each listed responsible person
Fee Structure for Individual Blaster License:
  • $60 certification fee
  • $35 criminal history background check
Application Forms

Commercial Explosives Contractor Application
Individual Blaster Application
Military Education, Training, or Service Credit Application
Individual Blaster Work History Affidavit
Waiver and Agreement Statement

Explosive Licensing Iowa Code 101A found online at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/DOCS/ACO/IC/LINC/Chapter.101a.pdf
Explosive Licensing Iowa Administrative Rules 661 Chapter 235 found online at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/chapter/06-26-2013.661.235.pdf

Explosive Material User Permit (for County Sheriff/Chief of Police use only) PDF Form

Criminal History Check Requirements:

State Fire Marshal policy on criminal history background checks for alarm contractors, alarm installers, alarm installer assistants, commercial explosives contractors, and individual blasters effective October 1, 2019:

National criminal history check: criminal history background checks shall be conducted for alarm system contractors, alarm system installers, commercial explosives contractors, and individual blasters upon application for licensure and at the time of renewal.
 
State and Federal criminal history background checks shall be provided on the third (3) year of an alarm system installer assistants’ annual renewal.

All persons making application or renewal shall complete the criminal charge/arrest questions on the Waiver of Agreement and Statement. Failure to comply will result in denial of your license.

 

Fingerprint cards may be obtained from the Fire Marshal Division or local law enforcement offices. Ink and printed Live Scan fingerprint cards are accepted.  Please email sfmlicense@dps.state.ia.us to request fingerprint cards.