Background Check

All new applicants for an Iowa license or authorization must go through a background check process.

You are strongly encouraged to come to our office on the third floor of the Grimes Building to be fingerprinted.

The cost of a background check is $75. We no longer offer a reduceced price for background checks when fingerprinted in BOEE offices, but we continue to perform the fingerprinting free of charge.

We are located due east of the capitol building at
400 East 14th St.
Des Moines, IA

Please phone ahead to (515) 281 3245 to set up an appointment.

You may print and complete the following form ahead of time to speed up your visit to our office. (.doc or .pdf)

Our hours for fingerprinting are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

Bring the following items with you:
*a drivers license or passport
*a check or money order for $75 (you may combine this with other fees on a single check or money order)
*the completed waiver form from above (can be completed in our office if necessary)


If you are not able to come to our office to be fingerprinted you may order a packet and be fingerprinted by your local law enforcement office. Your local law enforcement may have limited times to provide this service and may charge a fee for fingerprinting. If you wish to receive a packet please complete the fields below and click the "send request" button.

: Your Name

: Your Street Address (, apartment or box #)

: City

: State

: Zip


: Number of packets requested if greater than one