How to Become a PI in Iowa

PRIVATE INVESTIGATION / PRIVATE SECURITY / BAIL ENFORCEMENT

This information is provided directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety‘s website.

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. (*Helpful note for any new individuals wanting to get into this field of business, create a “resources” book or binder and print out the administrative rules and Iowa codes listed above)

Department of Public Safety’s Checklist:

Microsoft Word – PIPSBE_Checklist.docx (iowa.gov)

FAQ’s:

Microsoft Word – PIPSBE FAQ Sheet.docx (iowa.gov)

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

EMAIL: 

piinfo@dps.state.ia.us 

PHONE:

515.725.6230

FAX:

515.725.6264