April 16, 2024

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Public Safety unveiled its new website today as part of a broader effort to unify the State of Iowa’s online presence and make it easier for Iowans to navigate government web pages. 

DPS averages over 100,000 visitors to its site each month. The redesign focuses on simplicity, enhanced functionality, and increased accessibility, ensuring that the vast array of resources offered by DPS - including criminal background checks, weapon permits, missing person information, school safety concerns, access to crash reports, and more - are readily available to the public.

“We're excited about the new website's ability to foster improved communication with the communities we serve,” said Tawny Kruse, DPS Strategic Communications Bureau Chief. “Our goal is to provide a user-friendly platform that is an invaluable resource for public safety and awareness.”

With the launch, the website URL will remain the same, and any web browsers following old bookmarks will be automatically redirected to the new page.

DPS encourages all Iowans to explore the new site and familiarize themselves with the streamlined services: https://dps.iowa.gov/.

Questions about locating a page or service on the new site can be directed to Tawny Kruse at kruse@dps.state.ia.us. 

DPS Website


The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the largest law enforcement agency in the state. It includes seven divisions and several bureaus, all working together with local, state, and federal government agencies and the private sector to keep Iowa a safe place by following our core values: leadership, integrity, professionalism, courtesy, service, and protection. Divisions within the Iowa DPS: Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State Fire Marshal Division, Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center, Professional Development and Support Services Division, and Administrative Services Division. The Department of Public Safety is led by the Commissioner who is appointed by the Governor.

Iowa Department of Public Safety

215 E. 7th St.

Des Moines, IA 50319