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How to become a Private Investigation in Des Moines, Iowa?

Author: Chris Brooks Solved It Investigations

I get this question asked often, “How do I become a private investigator in Iowa”. The answer is quite simple…


In order to work as a private investigator in the State of Iowa, you first need to be licensed. The license is typically through an agency that has been approved by the Department of Public Safety.


Private Investigator Licensing Services Bureau is headquartered in downtown Des Moines, and they’re responsible for issuing private investigator licenses in the state. If you are interested in the profession, then review the following guide that explains how to become a private detective in Iowa:

1.   Meet the Basic Requirements 2.   Iowa Training and Education Requirements 3.   Apply for an Agency


There is no typical day in the life of a private investigator. You may find yourself conducting an undercover surveillance in West Des Moines, Iowa one week, investigating a suspected scam in Ames the next week, and locating a missing person in Council Bluffs the week after.


Iowa Private Investigations is not as glamorous as Hollywood makes them out to be, private detective jobs in Iowa often involve long hours of research and investigation before cases are resolved.



Step 1. Meet Basic Requirements in Iowa


To become a licensed private investigator in Iowa you will need to meet the following basic requirements:

  • Not currently be a peace officer: sheriff’s deputy, police officer, etc

  • Be at least 18 years old.

  • Have no aggravated misdemeanor or felony convictions.

  • Be of good moral character.

  • Have never been judged guilty of a crime involving moral turpitude or fraud.

  • No history of violence or illegally carrying dangerous weapons.

  • Not currently be addicted to alcohol or drugs.

Step 2. Private Investigator Training and School Requirements in Iowa

Although there are no official private investigator school and training requirements in Iowa, there are several reasons why you should consider pursuing training, certification classes or a degree in relevant fields.



Any criminal justice education and prior experience provides the following benefits:

  • Education credentials will demonstrate you are serious about your job.

  • Show you are qualified with the right know-how to get the job done well.

  • Open up future career advancement prospectsIncrease your competitiveness for clients among other Private Investigation Agencies in the Iowa Hawkeye State.

The following programs are available as certificate classes and degrees at locations throughout the state as well as online:

  • Criminal Justice (DMACC, Kaplan University to name a few..)

  • Law (Drake Law)Business (AIB)

  • Law Enforcement (Iowa Law Enforcement Academy)

  • Psychology ForensicsGain experience as a Reserve Police Officer (Iowa Law Enforcement Academy located at Camp Dodge in Johnston, IA).

Step 3. Applying with the Private Investigator Agency


When completing a license for private investigator jobs in Iowa, make sure to include the following along with your complete application:

  • Two fingerprint cards for your DCI and FBI Background Check

Solved It Investigations, LLC was founded by Chris Brooks, who attended the Law Enforcement Academy and held a variety of certified law enforcement positions, including senior patrol officer, Detective Sergeant, Deputy Sheriff and Chief of Police. 

Chris has 20 years prior experience in law enforcement, criminal and civil investigations, and Public Safety.


Chris is fully retired from the police work and specializes in Criminal & Civil Defense, Background Checks, Witness Statements, Interviews, General Investigations, Theft & Fraud Investigations, Death Investigations, and Surveillance.

If you have any questions feel free to email us at Chris@SolvedItPI.com 

CheckFor more information, visit our website www.solveditpi.com or call us at (800) 730-6272


Solved It Investigations

505 5th Ave

Des Moines, Iowa 50309


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