Background Check

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

To perform the background check the BOEE needs to submit fingerprints to the Iowa DCI and FBI. You may come to the BOEE office where we will collect your fingerprints to submit for the background check or you may mail us a completed fingerprint card that we will submit for the background check. (see below)

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

Please phone ahead to (515) 281 3245 so we can make sure somebody is available to help you.

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
  • the completed waiver form from above (can be completed in our office if necessary)
  • proof of payment (can be looked up in our office if necessary)
  • your folder number from the 3rd page of your application if your application is one we accept online

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. Get in touch with them for details. If you wish to receive the packet for being printed by local law enforcement, please complete the fields below and click the "send request" button.

The cost of a background check is $75. We must collect this fee before we can start the background check. If you have not already paid, you may pay this fee as well as any other fees at the time we fingerprint you in our office by check, money order, credit or debit card. (Card transactions require an additional convenience fee.) If you choose to mail in a card with your fingerprints you may send check or money order.


: Your Name

: Your Street Address (, apartment or box #)

: City

: State

: Zip


: Number of packets requested if greater than one