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Background Checks on Teachers (December 2012 School Leader Update)


Iowa Code section 279.13 requires a school district, “prior to entering into an initial contract with a teacher who holds a license other than an initial license” issued by the state Board of Education, to initiate a state criminal history record check through the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

Even though the law does not require a criminal history check on other unlicensed school employees and volunteers, you may request a criminal history check on any employee or volunteer through DCI, which can run a state and national background check on that individual.  Please note: A national background check requires fingerprints.

You may contact DCI’s Criminal History Dissemination Unit at 515-725-6066 to initiate the process. The unit handles all the state and national criminal history checks.  For more information, visit

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 17, 2014 at 4:39am.