Sex Offender Registry

Who Has to Register:

On or after July 1, 1995, an individual who has been convicted or adjudicated of a criminal offense against a minor, sexual exploitation, or a sexually violent crime or who was on probation, parole, or work release status, or who was incarcerated on or after July 1, 1995 is required to register. Registration includes individuals that have received a deferred sentence or deferred judgments and can include convictions from other jurisdictions such as other states and/or federal convictions.

Public Access to Registry Information:

The general public can access the Iowa Sex Offender Registry by contacting any of the county sheriff offices within the state of Iowa. The following is required by the Iowa Sex Offender Registry to request information:
Completion of a "Request for Registry Information" form (DCI-150) which is available at the county sheriff's office.
The individual's name that you wish to inquire upon;

  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Address

When inquiry is made you will be notified whether or not the individual is registered.

If the individual is registered with the Iowa Sex Offender Registry as of the date and time of the inquiry, you will receive a computer printout indicating that information. The printout will include the individual's name, address and physical descriptors including scars, marks and tattoos. The printout will not disclose information about the crime or the victim(s).

The name and identifier(s) of the individual you have requested information upon must match with the information contained in the database before registry information can be released.

Iowa law DOES NOT allow for the release of an entire listing of registrants in your county, city, or neighborhood. A form must be completed for each person that you wish to inquire upon. There is no limit to the number of inquiries you can request and there is no charge to obtain this information.

The purpose of the information you receive from an inquiry is to permit you to protect yourself and other family members from potential harm.

Actions taken by you against an individual including vandalism of property, verbal or written threats of harm or physical assault against this person, his or her family, or employer can result in your arrest and prosecution.

For additional information:
Iowa Sex Offender Registry
Division of Criminal Investigation
215 E th St
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
The Iowa Sex Offender Registry became law on July 1, 1995 and is found in the Code ofIowa, Chapter 692A.

The Iowa Sex Offender Registry is a searchable database. The link above will open up a separate window to that site.

The Iowa Sex Offender Registry became law on July 1, 1995 and is found in Chapter 692A Code of Iowa

The information is provided from the Iowa Sex Offender Registry to the public pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 692A. The purpose of this information is to allow members of the public a means to protect themselves from individuals who have committed an offense that requires registration on the Sex Offender Registry. If you see information on our website that is wrong about an offender, please notify the sheriff of the county where the offender lives. You may also email this agency via the "contact" link located on this website.

Jacob Wetterling


As part of the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act the United States Congress passed the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offenders Registration Act, which bears the name of an 11-year old boy who was abducted at gunpoint and never seen again. The Act set forth guidelines for states to establish sex offender registry programs.

Megan's Law


In 1996 the Wetterling Act was amended by Megan's Law, which requires states to release relevant information about registered sex offenders to protect the public. This law bears the name of Megan Kanka, a seven year old girl who was sexually molested and murdered by a convicted sex offender after being invited into his home to play with his new puppy.