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Background searches can be accomplished with the permission given by law in Iowa as part of the Freedom of Information provision. Anybody has the right to run a check on Iowa criminal records provided that you are eligible to do so. If that person has previously lived in Iowa, you can conduct a state search to find the record, if any. It’s fairly simple. All you have to do to conduct a state search for Iowa criminal records is to download and fill out an Iowa Criminal Background Request form. There’s also a billing form to fill out so the state can charge you the $13 search fee. Be sure to include the person’s date of birth and social security number if possible to ensure the accuracy of the report. This should be mailed together to the following address:
Iowa Dept. of Public Safety
Iowa Div. of Criminal Investigation
215 E. 7th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 725-6066
In the past, searches were only done at the records office in the Sheriff Department of Iowa. Now, ordinary people are using searches to find out about people who have entered their lives in many ways. Searches must be done legally, your grounds for doing a request should be legitimate or else the office concerned will not grant your application. As a requestor you should be able to familiarize the legal procedure on how to procure a copy of a criminal record in the said State so that you will not violate any of the existing rules and regulations.
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