How To Become a Licensed Private Investigator in Iowa

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Iowa Private Investigator Licensing Requirements

Private investigator licensing in the state of Iowa is handled by the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Administrative Services Division. The department contact information is as follows:

Bail Enforcement/Private Investigative/Security Licensing
Program Services Bureau
Administrative Services Division
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Department of Public Safety Building
215 East 7th Street, 4th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319-0045

Other special licensing requirements such as education requirements, experience requirements, examinations, and insurance may be required.  Check the state licensing website for more detailed and up-to-date information.

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Iowa Private Investigator Associations

  • Iowa Association of Private Investigators – Organized in 1985, the Iowa Association of Private Investigators (IAPI) is a valuable asset for Iowa investigators and for the general public. Association members have access to multiple sources of professional benefits including continuing  education and training, publications, legislative monitoring, and networking among members.  The public can use the IAPI website to locate an Iowa investigator and to learn about the private investigation business.

Hire a Private Detective in Iowa

  • Hire a Private Investigator Agency in Iowa – To hire a private investigator in Iowa, please visit our worldwide directory of investigation agencies. Our directory may also help you find an agency to sponsor your training and certification efforts, and help you comply with state licensing requirements.

Additional Information

  • Training Resources – Improve your chances of getting licensed by completing a professional degree program, training course, or home study course. Learn what options are available to get the investigative knowledge necessary to get licensed and begin your career.


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