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Iowa Background Check Resources

Background checks are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most state laws concerning public records and background checks are very liberal and straightforward. In the State of Iowa, public records are readily available to anyone wishing to obtain them through appropriate official state agency channels. Background checks are instrumental in the parties' ability to enter into various legally binding contracts, and as such, are always a good idea. Background checks generally require a written permission prior to performing the inquiry. Occasionally, it is possible to obtain such reports without permission, but the results may lack in-depth details.

If the background check adversely affects the consumer, the party accessing public records must provide a copy of the report and a summary of the consumer's rights under FCRA, and allow the consumer reasonable time to contest the report. Due to the increasing threat of identity theft, some states (i. e. California) may now require the employer to provide a copy of the background check report to the consumer regardless of its content.

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

IOWA STATE INFORMATION HOT LINE:
(515)281-5011

IOWA STATE WEB SITE:
www.iowa.gov

Attorney General's Office

Legislative Records

State Archives
Criminal Records
Division of Criminal Investigations
Bureau of Identification
Wallace State Office Building
Des Moines IA 50319
(515) 281-4776
(515) 242-6876 (fax)
www.state.ia.us/government/dps/dci/crimhist.htm

Iowa Criminal History Records Access Info

E-CriminalBackgroundCheck.net

Driving Records
Department of Transportation
Driver Service Records Section
PO Box 9204
Des Moines IA 50306-9204
(515) 244-9124
(515) 237-3152 (fax)
www.state.ia.us/mvd/ods

Vehicle Ownership Information
Department of Transportation
Office of Vehicle Services
PO Box 9278
Des Moines IA 50306
(515) 244-9124
(515) 237-3152 (fax)
www.state.ia.us/mvd/ods

Vital Statistics
(birth, death, marriage) [divorce records available only at country level]
Department of Public Health
Vital Records
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines IA 50319-0075
(515) 281-4944
(fax number not provided)
www.idph.state.ia.us

Business/Corporate Records
Secretary of State
Corporation Division
1st Floor
Lucas Bldg.
Des Moines IA 50319
(515) 281-5204
(515) 242-5953
www.sos.state.ia.us

Workers Compensation Information
Iowa Workforce Development
Division of Industrial Services
1000 E. Grand Ave.
Des Moines IA 50319
(515) 281-5387
(515) 281-6501 (fax)
www.state.ia.us/iwd/wc

UCCs and Federal Tax Liens
(state tax liens available only at county level)
Secretary of State
UCC Division
Hoover Building, 14th and Walnut
Des Moines IA 50319
(515) 281-5204
(515) 242-5953 (fax)
www.sos.state.ia.us

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

Note: Government agencies are continually updating and expanding online access to their records; consequently, this page is continually updated and expanded. Check back for the latest information!

City-County Cross Index

All County Courts (Civil, Criminal, Probate, Traffic)

Adair County
County Courthouse
P.O. Box L
Greenfield, IA 50849-1290
(641) 743-2445

Adams County
P.O. Box 484
Corning, IA 50841
(641) 322-4711

Allamakee County
P.O. Box 248
Waukon, IA 52172-0248
(563) 568-6351

Appanoose County
Clerk of District Court
P.O. Box 400
Centerville, IA 52544
(641) 856-6101

Audubon County
318 Leroy
Audubon, IA 50025
(712) 563-4275

Benton County
P.O. Box 719
Vinton, IA 52349
(319) 472-2766

Black Hawk County
316 E. 5th St., 3rd Floor
Waterloo, IA 50703-4712
(319) 833-3331

ONLINE: Black Hawk County Property Records
www.co.black-hawk.ia.us/depts/bhentry.htm

Boone County
County Courthouse
201 S. State
Boone, IA 50036-4898
(515) 433-0561

Bremer County
P.O. Box 328
Waverly, IA 50677-3536
(319) 352-5661

Buchanan County
210 5th Ave. NE, P.O. Box 259
Independence, IA 50644-1929
(319) 334-2196

Buena Vista
215 E. 5th Street, P.O. Box 1186
Storm Lake, IA 50588-1186
(712) 749-2546

Butler County
P.O. Box 307
Allison, IA 50602-0307
(319) 267-2487

Calhoun County
416 4th Street, P.O. Box 273
Rockwell City, IA 50579
(712) 297-8122

Carroll County
P.O. Box 867
Carroll, IA 51401-0867
(712) 792-4327

Cass County
5 West 7th St.
Atlantic, IA 50022-1492
(712) 243-2105

Cedar County
P.O. Box 111
Tipton, IA 52772
(563) 886-2101

Cerro Gordo County
220 N. Washington
Mason City, IA 50401-3254
(641) 424-6431

Cherokee County
Drawer F, 520 W. Main
Cherokee, IA 51012
(712) 225-6744

Chickasaw County
P.O. Box 467
New Hampton, IA 50659-0467
(641) 394-2106

Clarke County Courthouse
100 S. Main St.
Osceola, IA 50213-1299
(641) 342-6096

Clay County
215 W. 4th St.
Spencer, IA 51301-3818
(712) 262-4335

Clayton County
P.O. Box 418
Elkader, IA 52043
(563) 245-2204

Clinton County
612 N. 2nd St., P.O. Box 2957
Clinton, IA 52733-2957
(563) 243-6213

Crawford County
1202 Broadway
Denison, IA 51442-0546
(712) 263-2242

Dallas County
801 Court St.
Adel, IA 50003-1485
(515) 993-5816

Davis County
100 Courthouse Square
Bloomfield, IA 52537-1600
(515) 664-2011

Decatur County
207 N. Main St.
Leon, IA 50144-1647
(641) 446-4331

Delaware County
301 E. Main, P.O. Box 527
Manchester, IA 52057-0527
(563) 927-4942

Des Moines County
P.O. Box 158
Burlington, IA 52601-0158
(319) 753-8262

Dickinson County
P.O. Drawer ON
Spirit Lake, IA 51360
(712) 336-1138

Dubuque County
720 Central Ave.
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 589-4418

Emmet County
609 1st Ave. N.
Estherville, IA 51334-2254
(712) 362-3325

ONLINE: Property
www.emmet.org/pmc

Fayette County
P.O. Box 458
West Union, IA 52175-0458
(563) 422-5694

Floyd County
101 S. Main St.
Charles City, IA 50616-2756
(641) 228-7777

Franklin County
P.O. Box 28.
Hampton, IA 50441
(641) 456-5626

Fremont County
P.O. Box 549
Sidney, IA 51652-0549
(712) 374-2232

Greene County
114 N. Chestnut
Jefferson, IA 50129-2114
(515) 386-2516

Grundy County
706 G Ave.
Grundy Center, IA 50638-1499
(319) 824-5229

Guthrie County
200 N. 5th St.
Guthrie Center, IA 50115-1300
(641) 747-3415

Hamilton County
P.O. Box 845
Webster City, IA 50595-0845
(515) 832-9600

Hancock County
P.O. Box 70
Garner, IA 50438
(641) 923-2532

Hardin County
P.O. Box 495
Eldora, IA 50627
(641) 858-2328

Harrison County
111 N. 2nd Ave.
Logan, IA 51546-1331
(712) 644-2665

Henry County
P.O. Box 176
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
(319) 385-2632

Howard County
137 N. Elm St.
Cresco, IA 52136-1522
(563) 547-2661

Humboldt County
203 Main, P.O. Box 100
Dakota City, IA 50529
(515) 332-1806

Ida County
401 Moorehead St.
Ida Grove, IA 51445
(712) 364-2628

Iowa County
P.O. Box 266
Marengo, IA 52301-0266
(319) 642-3914

Jackson County
201 W. Platt St.
Maquoketa, IA 52060
(563) 652-4946

Jasper County
101 1st St. N., Rm. 104
Newton, IA 50208
(641) 792-3255

Jefferson County
P.O. Box 984
Fairfield, IA 52556-0984
(641) 472-3454

Johnson County
P.O. Box 2510
Iowa City, IA 52244
(319) 356-6060

Jones County
P.O. Box 19
Anamosa, IA 52205-0019
(319) 462-4341

Keokuk County
101 S. Main
Sigourney, IA 52591
(641) 622-2210

Kossuth County
114 W. State St.
Algona, IA 50511-2613
(515) 295-3240

Lee County
P.O. Box 1443
Fort Madison, IA 52627-1443
(319) 372-3523

Linn County
P.O. Box 1468
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
(319) 398-3411

City of Cedar Rapids - Assessor, Property
www.cedar-rapids-assessor.org/pmc

Louisa County
P.O. Box 268
Wapello, IA 52653-0268
(319) 523-4541

Lucas County
916 Braden Ave.
Chariton, IA 50049-1258
(641) 774-4421

Lyon County
206 S. 2nd Ave.
Rock Rapids, IA 51246
(712) 472-2623

Madison County
P.O. Box 152
Winterset, IA 50273-0152
(515) 462-4451

Mahaska County
P.O. Box 1168
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
(641) 673-7786

Marion County
P.O. Box 497
Knoxville, IA 50138-0497
(641) 828-2207

Marshall County
17 E. Main St.
Marshalltown, IA 50158
(641) 754-1603

Mills County
418 Sharp St.
Glenwood, IA 51534
(712) 527-4880

Mitchell County
County Courthouse
508 State St.
Osage, IA 50461
(641) 732-3726

Monona County
P.O. Box 14
Onawa, IA 51040-0014
(712) 423-2491

Monroe County
County Courthouse
10 Benton Ave. E.
Albia, IA 52531
(641) 932-5212

Montgomery County
P.O. Box 469
Red Oak, IA 51566
(712) 623-4986

Muscatine County
P.O. Box 8010
Muscatine, IA 52761
(563) 263-6511

O'Brien County
County Courthouse, Box 430
Primghar, IA 51245
(712) 757-3255

Osceola County
County Courthouse
P.O. Box 156
Sibley, IA 51249
(712) 754-3595

Page County
P.O. Box 263
Clarinda, IA 51632
(712) 542-3214

Palo Alto County
P.O. Box 387
Emmetsburg, IA 50536-0387
(712) 852-3603

Plymouth County
Clerk of Court
215 4th Ave. S.E.
Le Mars, IA 51031-2190
(712) 546-4215

Pocahontas County
County Courthouse
99 Court Square
Pocahontas, IA 50574
(712) 335-4208

Polk County
500 Mulberry St.
Des Moines, IA 50309-4238
(515) 286-3772

Pottawattamie County
P.O. Box 476
Council Bluffs, IA 51502-0476
(712) 328-5604

Poweshiek County
P.O. Box 218
Montezuma, IA 50171-0218
(641) 623-5644

Ringgold County
County Courthouse
P.O. Box 523
Mount Ayr, IA 50854-1299
(641) 464-3234

Sac County
P.O. Box 368
Sac City, IA 50583-0368
(712) 662-7791

Scott County
416 W. 4th St.
Davenport, IA 52801-1187

Shelby County
P.O. Box 431
Harlan, IA 51537-0431
(712) 755-5543

Sioux County
P.O. Box 47
Orange City, IA 51041
(712) 737-2286

Story County
P.O. Box 408
Nevada, IA 50201
(515) 382-7410

Tama County
P.O. Box 306
Toledo, IA 52342-0306
(641) 484-3721

Taylor County
County Courthouse
405 Jefferson St.
Bedford, IA 50833-1388
(712) 523-2095

Union County
300 N. Pine St.
Creston, IA 50801-2430
(641) 782-7315

Van Buren County
P.O. Box 495
Keosauqua, IA 52565-0495
(319) 293-3108

Wapello County
101 West 4th St.
Ottumwa, IA 52501-2518
(641) 683-0060

Warren County
P.O. Box 379
Indianola, IA 50125-0379
(515) 961-1033

Washington County
P.O. Box 391
Washington, IA 52353-0391
(319) 653-7741

Wayne County
County Courthouse
P.O. Box 424
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-2264

Webster County
701 Central Ave.
Fort Dodge, IA 50501-3813
(515) 576-7115

ONLINE: Property Data
www.webstercountyia.org

Winnebago County
P.O. Box 468
Forest City, IA 50436-0468
(641) 585-4520

Winneshiek County
201 W. Main St.
Decorah, IA 52101-1775
(563) 382-2469

Woodbury County
620 Douglas St., Room 101
Sioux City, IA 51101-1248
(712) 279-6624

Worth County
P.O. Box 243
Northwood, IA 50459
(641) 324-2840

Wright County
P.O. Box 306
Clarion, IA 50525-0306
(515) 532-3113