The Division of Criminal Investigation is the government agency in charge of background check reports for the state. They allow the general public access to criminal histories without the consent of the subject. However, they do mention on their website that if the requestor does have a signed waiver, the report they receive will have additional information and be complete. Each background request costs $15 per copy. They allow individuals and companies to request reports via fax, mail, in person or online through their Criminal History Record Check website. When requiring a search, the individual must have a photo ID. Requestors will also need the full name, date of birth and gender for the person they want a report on.
A typical background check in Iowa will show arrests, misdemeanors, felonies, and incarcerations. The report will also show court dispositions. Only criminal convictions that were processed through a fingerprint card from the state police or Sheriff’s office will be included. Any crimes that were not will not show up. Any convictions older than four years will have been purged from the system and not be on there as well. Additionally, minor traffic violations such as speeding tickets will not on there — however serious items such as operating while intoxicated (OWI) violations will show.
The most popular reason for to do a Iowa background check is employment. Companies in charge of children or adult care must screen applicants carefully and use background checks to make sure their patrons and employees stay safe. Other purposes are licensing, certification, tenant-screening, credit and financing, insurance, or hiring domestic help.
Also available to the general public are informal background checks culled from public records and other private sources. These reports can be helpful when screening a new roommate, trying to find someone from high school, checking out a potential online date, or before starting a business venture with an associate. Some of the information these reports will contain is:
Marriages and Divorces
Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership
Current and Past Addresses
Phone and Email Address
Relatives and Associates
Social Media Accounts and More
The state freely offers a Iowa criminal background check to anyone requesting them for a small fee of $15. The requestor needs only the name, date of birth and gender to search for a report. They offer a website for quick and easy access but also allow individuals and companies to make requests through the mail, in person, and by fax. The state also offers offenders the right to apply for expungement of records or make changes to inaccurate information.
The state is a partial point of contact for the gun dealers in the state, and they must contact the Department of Public Safety (IDPS) county sheriff’s office to obtain a full Iowa gun background check before the sale of handguns. The Iowa Department of Public Safety (IDPS) also performs background checks for five-year permits to acquire handguns. License holders are exempt from background checks when purchasing guns. Private sales are regulated, and both the seller and buyer have to have five-year permits from the state before transferring any weapons.
On average 189,159 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
Iowa background check laws allow public access to criminal histories. However, without a consent waiver, the information provided may be more limited than with one. Iowa is one of the few states that does not have any laws about how employers can use a background check in their hiring process.
Although the state does not have a specific law governing how employers can use background and criminal checks during hiring decisions, the Workforce Development Department created a “Successful Interview Guide” to help steer them in the right direction. The guide dissuades employers from using arrest records for determining job fit because it could lead to racial discrimination. Employers are also bound by federal laws: The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that protect against discrimination and protect the accuracy of the information.
According to The Fair Credit Reporting Act, when using sites like InfoTracer to obtain a background report, the information cannot legally be used to determine credit, employment, tenant screening or any other eligibility requirements for business or professional use.
In 2017, there have been 115 victims of online romance scams in Iowa, resulting in $0.7 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||188||266,907|
|30 - 39||222||357,759|
|40 - 49||206||482,102|
|50 - 59||270||1,104,621|