Security Licensing Compliance Guide
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Private Investigator Licensing in Iowa

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Private investigation licenses are typically issued for individuals and organizations conducting investigative services. This guide contains information about private investigator licensing in Iowa. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Company Licenses

Iowa Security Company Licenses

Iowa Private Investigation Agency License

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Safety
Bond Requirements:

$5,000 for a single license classification or $10,000 for companies with more than one classification.

Initial Registration

Form:

Private Investigative Agency License

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:11/8/17

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Biennially by the date issued.

Fact Checked:11/8/17

Individual Licenses

Iowa Individual Security Licenses

Iowa Private Investigator License

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Safety

Initial Registration

Form:

Private Investigator License

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:11/8/17

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Biennially by the date issued.

Notes:

Renewal forms are provided by the department.

Fact Checked:11/8/17

Learn about security licensing in other states:

Firearm Qualification - An additional qualification attached to license applications for armed private investigators.

Private Investigator Apprentice - Apprentices are issued limited licenses and can only operate under the direction of a licensed investigator.

Qualified Representative - A licensed private investigator who is responsible for the operation and management of an investigative agency.

Reciprocity - When a private investigator is allowed to do business in a different state under the license issued by their home state.

National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI)
Industry association that sponsors education and certification efforts for members.

National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS)
Private investigation and security advocacy group.

United States Association of Professional Investigators (USAPI)
Industry association focused on education and certification.

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