Iowa Public Records

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.

Iowa Court Records Public Access

Iowa Vital Records

The Internet tops the preferred list of people who search through public records daily. For example, lawyers and genealogical professionals must be sure the information they receive is accurate and timely, so they use an online search site for their needs. Most of these sites use top technology to search through records and can also search through other states’ records to get the exact information you need. All you need to do is submit some basic information about the person in question and then wait for a response – sent to your email address. You’ll usually receive the answers you’re seeking within a few minutes from submitting the request. Since the report is compiled by search professionals, you’ll be sure that as much data as possible has been gleaned from your submission. The fees are higher than those of state-based searches, but if no record is found, you pay nothing. And, the fees are small in comparison to the peace of mind you’ll have when you know the truth. If you’re searching for genealogical data for a family tree, searching through states’ records can produce valuable information. This link can answer all the questions you may have about a fee-based search for Iowa public records through an Internet site. Click on the link to find out more.