Whether you’re looking for criminal background information, vital statistics records or health reports, you can now access them by going through the state. Iowa public records are compiled in several categories, including property, criminal and arrest, divorce, marriage. Some official public records (such as criminal background information) in Iowa have been recorded since 1880 and you can request them from mail at the following address:
Iowa Dept. of Public Safety
Division of Criminal Investigation
215 E. 7th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Phone: (515) 725-6066
You must fill out the appropriate form(s) for the search and possibly answer questions about yourself and why you need the information. You’ll need to send a search fee of $13 when you send the forms. Each state has privacy laws that interpret which records should remain private and which should be left open to the public. For example, in Iowa, you can’t get social security numbers, student information or any data involving the state government. You can however, access most birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Finding possible convicted sex offenders or child molesters that may lurk in your neighborhood is a big reason why many want to search through a state’s public records. There may be a person in your private life that you want to trust, but just can’t believe what he or she says about the past. Receiving a background report about the person is a good way to set your mind at ease.