Security Guard License Iowa

Security Guard License Iowa:

A person wishing to become a licensed, independent guard must: 1) be at least 18 years of age and a citizen of the United States, 2) be of good moral character, have no convictions for an aggravated misdemeanor or a felony, and have never been convicted of assault resulting from domestic abuse, 3) not be an abuser of alcohol or controlled substance, nor have a history of mental illness, instability or a history of repeated acts of violence, 4) submit pictures, fingerprints and license fee(s) along with a completed application to the Commissioner of Public Safety


License: (Security Guard, Bail Enforcement Agent, Private Investigator):

$100 - each license

$30 - fingerprint fee for each license holder

Renewal: $100 for each two-year license. The Department of

Public Safety is responsible for sending out renewal notices (usually 30 days prior to license expiration).

$30 - fingerprint fee for each license holder

Exam: None

Other: Application - $10 - Identification Card fee (one card needed, no matter how many license types; no expiration, to work for that particular agency only)

$10 - Application Packet (in person)

$15 - Application Packet (by mail)

More Information

Applicants must pass Private Security License written exam, which is given by the Department of Public Safety at the Wallace State Office Building once a month at the Department of Public SafetyWallace State Office Building E. 9th & Grand AveDes Moines IA 50319.

For more information regarding security guard licenses in Iowa, please visit:

Private Investigative Licensing Program Services Bureau Wallace State Office Building Program Services Bureau Des Moines IA 50319 Phone: 5152817610

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