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Criminal History Background


As of September 11, 2018, all applicants and/or licensees will need to go to and create a login for DataPro (aka "My Iowa PLB") and then submit their request for a fingerprint packet electronically through the application named "General - Background Packet Request."  There is no fee for the packet.  However, the fee to be submitted to the Iowa Real Estate Commission with the completed fingerprint card and waiver form is $51.00.  If you have any issues or questions at that time or are looking to seek assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Commission staff.  The average turnaround time for processing once the Commission has received the fingerprint card, waiver form and fee, is 3-6 weeks.

The Iowa Real Estate Commission will not receive public visitors without an appointment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please do NOT drop off your fingerprint packet; please mail it. 

Instructions on how to request a fingerprint packet.

Frequently Asked Questions

An applicant for an initial real estate broker's or salesperson's license shall be subject to a national criminal history check through the federal bureau of investigation. The commission shall request the criminal history check and shall provide the applicant's fingerprints to the department of public safety for submission through the state criminal history repository to the federal bureau of investigation. The applicant shall authorize release of the results of the criminal history check to the real estate commission. The applicant shall pay the actual cost of the fingerprinting and criminal history check, if any. Unless the criminal history check was completed within the two hundred ten calendar days prior to the date the license application is received by the real estate commission, the commission shall reject and return the application to the applicant. The commission shall process the application but hold delivery of the license until the background check is completed. The results of a criminal history check conducted pursuant to this subsection shall not be considered a public record under chapter 22.

List of Criminal Offenses Directly Relating to the Real Estate Profession


Direct link to FBI-CJIS Division


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